A procession to Hung King Temple (Photo: VNA)

Phu Tho (VNA) – Authorities of the northern province of Phu Tho have earmarked 4.5 trillion VND (202.5 million USD) for upgrading and embellishing the Hung Kings Temple complex, aiming to turn the special national historical site into an attractive tourism destination.

According to a master plan on preserving the site till 2025 announced by the local authorities recently, the province will spend 1.78 trillion VND in 2016-2020 to complete undergoing infrastructure facilities, transport works as well as environmental protection projects.

Resettlement areas will be also constructed in the period to serve the works.

From 2021-2025, more than 2.72 trillion VND will be invested in constructing a Hung Kings Temple tower and surrounding architectural works, planting more trees in the Hung Kings Temple national park, building entertainment centres, and developing tourism sites and areas for festivals.

Water drainage, power, and road systems in these areas will be upgraded, while communes in surrounding areas will be supported by a boost in local economic development.

The Temple’s management board said about 700 billion VND (31.5 million USD) was arranged to implement conservation projects in the site during the last five years, including 100 billion VND funded by locals.

The money was used to enlarge the Thuong (Upper) and Ha (Lower) Temples’ courts, upgrade the road system to Nghia Linh Mountain, embellish Thien Quang Pagoda, preserve and develop the Hung Kings Temple national park.

Covering an area of 845 ha in Nghia Linh Mountain in Phong Chau district, approximately 100km northwest of Hanoi, the relic site is a large complex comprising ancient tombs, monuments and temples.

In 2012, UNESCO recognised the worshipping of the Hung Kings as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.-VNA