A corner of the Complex (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Sai Gon - Cho Lon - Gia Dinh Revolution Memorial Complex was inaugurated on December 27 in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said the complex was built to remember the sacrifices and contributions citizens and soldiers in the Sai Gon – Cho Lon – Gia Dinh region made to the nation’s revolution.

The facility covers 13.5 hectares in the Cu Chi Tunnel Relic Site in Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district, where such renown revolutionary figures as Nguyen Van Linh, Vo Van Kiet, Tran Van Tra and Mai Chi Tho lived and fought in the two resistant wars against French and US troops, Phong said.

The complex is expected to contribute to fostering patriotism and the love for the nation’s history and tradition among Party members, people, and young generations, said Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member in charge of steering the municipal Party’s Committee.

On the occasion, Hai presented on behalf of the President the Labour Hero title to the Cu Chi Tunnel Relic Site.

The over 250km-long Cu Chi tunnel system is one of the unique historic sites in the world. Local residents dug the underground shelter with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940s. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels.

The tunnels have three layers with the deepest 10 metres from the surface. The upper soil layer can support the weight of a 50-tonne tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals and social areas.

The historical site has been preserved and become a popular tourism destination, luring millions of visitors from inside and outside the country.-VNA