Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the most famous historical destinations in Ho Chi Minh, it is often known as a complex of different underground tunnel system, which was the hiding place of Vietnamese soldiers in the Viet Nam’s war. Almost foreign tourists know Ben Dinh in Cu Chi. So, Today I will introduce to visitors another destination in Cu Chi, Ben Duoc Martyrs Memorial Temple.
Ben Duoc is located in Cu Chi district, 75km (2 hours) from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnels are a complex of many underground tunnel systems, a hiding place of the Viet Cong (Vietnamese soldiers) during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were built over a period of 25 years, starting in the mid-40s during the struggle against the French and American. It was originally separate tunnels, used by locals to avoid enemy raids, while also used by stored documents & weapons. Later, the tunnels were linked together into a long linked system like a maze to serve long-term purposes.
Ben Duoc Martyrs Memorial Temple is a historical and cultural work of the Party Committee and people of Ho Chi Minh City, built to commemorate the great merits of fellow soldiers who fought and sacrificed on the land of Saigon – Gia Dinh in the two resistance wars against the French and American.
The Memorial Temple for Martyrs in Ben Duoc includes the following sections:
The Triple gate is architecturally designed in the traditional style of the ethnic group, with round columns, and a yin-yang tiled roof. The gate has decorations, patterns, and curved roofs like the village temple gates but with a modern touch using new materials.
2. Writer’s Memorial House
The Writer’s Memorial House is a square-shaped building with two tiled roofs. In the center of the house, there is a 3-meter high, 1.7-meter wide, 0.25-meter thick, and 3.7-ton stone plaque. The stone plaque was taken from an 18-ton block of stone in Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang city and carved with unique patterns by local artisans.
The stone plaque bears the title “Remembered Forever,” and features a poem by poet Vien Phuong. The poem was selected from a contest of 217 entries from 29 provinces and cities. The inscription on the stone plaque is a timeless masterpiece that reflects the indomitable spirit of our nation, the generosity of our people, and the noble sacrifice of countless comrades who endured hardships to make Vietnam’s glorious history.
3.The Main Shrine
Inside the shrine commemorating the martyrs of Ben Duoc
The architecture of the shrine bears the resemblance of ancient Vietnamese temple, both solemn and serene. The temple is arranged in a U-shape, with the center being the altar for the Motherland, and the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in the middle.
Above the statue, it is inscribed: “For the sake of the country, forget oneself. The Motherland owes a debt. Forever remembered.” On the left side of the wall are the names of martyrs from the Democratic Party block, and on the right side are the names of martyrs from the military force.
The names of the Ben Duoc Martyrs Memorial Temple are engraved on the granite plaque with gilded lettering. There are 44,752 martyrs listed in the shrine, including Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, heroes, and martyrs. Among them, there are 14,077 martyrs who are the children of other provinces and cities, and 800 martyrs whose hometown is unknown. Every day, many people come to search for the names of their relatives and comrades, and they are moved and touched when they see the names of the martyrs provided by the Shrine Management Board.
We are proud of the outstanding sons and daughters of the homeland whose names are engraved in the shrine. From now on, the spirits of the martyrs will be warm and peaceful, as many people come to offer flowers and incense to remember those who sacrificed themselves for the cause of national independence and freedom!
With the above sharing, A Travel Mate believes that it will be a great choice for you when visiting Saigon and Cu Chi tunnels. Please connect us!
From Ho Chi Minh, visitors have many ways to get there:
Cu Chi Tunnels is not only a famous tourist attraction of Ho Chi Minh City but also a permanent national monument. With the above sharing, A Travel Mate believes that it will be a great choice for you when visiting Saigon and Cu Chi tunnels. Please connect us!