Culture-tourism development has become a focus of Nghe An
province’s Nam Dan district. The hometown of late President Ho Chi Minh expects
it would both lure tourists, and preserve and promote its rich historical and
Bac Son hamlet in Van Dien commune was the heart of the Former Citadel of Thuan
An under Mai Hac De’s reign (also known as Mai the Black Emperor). Despites the
ups and downs of history, various historical vestiges such as temples, communal
houses and many more have been preserved.
The 500-year-old Duc Son pagoda is such a well-protected relic sites. With 210
woodblocks, a giant ancient bell, and 40 wooden statues, the pagoda was
recognised as a National Architectural Art and Historical Relic Site in 2001.
The nearby Duc Son temple with 110 woodblocks was also recognised as National
Historical and Cultural Relic Site in 2016.
According to Vuong Truong Thu, Vice Head of Duc Son Temple Management Board,
Nghe An province, Duc Son pagoda and Duc Son temple welcome not only local
tourists but visitors from all over the country. They are an intimate venue for
pilgrims to come and pray.
Besides abundant cultural and historical values, imposing natural landscapes
with majestic mountains and mighty rivers and convenient traffic are the
locality’s advantages in tourism development. Nam Dan district welcomes more
than 2 million tourist arrivals each year, showing the potential of tourism
development in the late President’s hometown.
Nguyen Hong Hai, Chairman of Van Dien commune People’s Committee, Nam Dan
district, Nghe An said: "To boost culture-tourism, we communicate with people so
that they can have a better insight and work together. We also upgrade and
restore many relic sites and ancient architectures to satisfy visitors."
Having rolled on since 2010, the building of new-style rural area in Nam Dan has
paid off with all of its communes having met the title’s requirements, making
the locality a new-style rural district.
The district expects to claim the title of exemplary new-style rural locality in
culture-tourism development by 2025.
Dinh Xuan Que, Chairman of Nam Dan district People’s Committee. Nghe An told
reporters: "We are focusing on preserving both tangible and intangible heritages
within the province. We also try to educate people on the significance of
preserving historical and cultural values so they can take part in the work."
Nam Dan is among the four districts selected by the Government to develop a
pilot scheme on building exemplary new-style rural areas.
With the direction of developing new-style rural areas with a focus on
culture-tourism, the district has paid heed to preserving and promoting local
traditional values and relic sites.
The locality also promotes local cuisine and handicraft items as a way to
improve local livelihoods and also diversify local tourism products..