The roof for the De Castries’ tunnel historical relic was inaugurated on June 8th at the relic site in Thanh Truong ward, Dien Bien Phu city by the Dien Bien Provincial People’s Committee and the Hanoi Housing Development and Investment Corporation (Handico).
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This roof is part of the Handico-sponsored project to shade outdoor Dien Bien Phu historical relics, worth VND 8.2 billion.
At the first stage (February 25th to April 25th, 2012), 12 roofs were erected in 9 locations in Muong Thanh and Thanh Truong wards to protect relics, including 7 cannons, 4 tanks and wreckage of French troops’ aircrafts. In the second stage of the project (March 6th to June 8th, 2013), two roofs for the De Castries’ Tunnel and the 155mm cannon used by the French army in the Vietnam War were completed.
The roofs aim to protect the historical objects from bad weather conditions while ensuring enough light and space for tourists to contemplate relics without harming the relics’ original status.
On the occasion, a representative of the Hanoi People’s Committee announced the decision to embed a plague recognizing this roof shading outdoor relics of the Dien Bien Phu Historical Relic Site and presented a certificate recognizing this structure celebrating 65th anniversary of the day when President Ho Chi Minh launched an patriotic emulation drive (June 11th).
Translated by Ha Thanh