An initiative to build protective roofs for the Dien Bien Phu historical
relic in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien was
kicked off on March 6.
The project, which aims to
mark the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7, 1954,
is sponsored and implemented by the Hanoi Housing Development and
Investment Corporation (HANDICO).
To protect the
objects from the elements, the roofs will be set up at 12 spots within
the relic complex. Roofs will shelter the De Castries bunker and a 155mm
cannon that once belonged to the French expeditionary forces, among
Each tempered-glass roof will be supported by a 3.2m-high steel frame and a concrete foundation.
The HANDICO has invested 8 billion VND (380,000 USD) in the project.
In May 1954, the Viet Minh force led by President Ho Chi Minh defeated
the French at Dien Bien Phu stronghold. The Dien Bien Phu victory
put an end to French colonialism in Indochina. -VNA