A group of students from Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu Primary School are on a field trip for history lessons at the Dien Bien Phu Battlefield Relics Complex. (Photo: VNA)

Dien Bien (VNA) – Twenty-three relic sites have been added to the Dien Bien Phu Battlefield Relics Complex in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, lifting the total number of constituent sites in the complex to 45.

In 1961, Dien Bien was one of the 62 tourist attractions in the north recognised as a national relic site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It was further recognised as a special national relic site under a decision signed by the Prime Minister in 2009.

The addition lays a basis for the provincial authority to set up investment projects to preserve, embellish, and promote the value of the complex.

Dien Bien is home to 18 historical, cultural and tourism relic sites, including one special national relic site, 11 national relic sites and six local-level ones. Four sites considered intangible culture heritages of the province have been listed among the national intangible culture heritages.

Dien Bien Phu Battlefield was witness to Vietnam’s historical victory over France 62 years ago, which sent shockwaves reverberating around the world and helped end the nation’s nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialists.-VNA