The Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory is one of the most significant works to mark the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory in 2014.  (Photo: VNA)

Dien Bien (VNA) – The northwestern province of Dien Bien, which has been famous for the glorious Dien Bien Phu victory against the French colonists, has worked to conserve the relic complex’s historical values to attract more tourists.

The Dien Bien Phu battlefield complex features 45 relic sites, of which eight were put into operation to serve tourists. They include Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory, victory statue, A1 Hill, Him Lam relic site, command tunnel of French General De Castries, Muong Phang relic site, monument featuring soldiers pulling artillery by hand, and parade field to commemorate the great victory.

Hill A1 is the most famous battle of Dien Bien Phu site. (Photo: VNA)

The Government, relevant ministries and sectors and local authorities have paid due attention to carrying out various projects to preserve and restore the relic sites. Particularly, the inauguration of the Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory in 2014 was one of the most significant works to mark the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory (May 7).

According to Vu Thi Tuyet Nga, vice director of the museum, more and more tourists have come to the complex of Dien Bien Phu battlefield.

Last year, the complex welcomed over 380,000 visitors. In the first four months of 2018, it attracted 130,000 people, including nearly 35,000 visitors during the recent public holidays (April 30 and May 1) alone.

Besides the restoration of the relic sites, the locality has attached much importance to the communication and media work to promote tourism. Meanwhile, tour guide has been prioritised as well, Nga noted.

Dien Bien province is planning to develop tourism into a spearhead economic sector, which is expected to create a driving force to boost other industries in the locality. However, the restoration has relied much on the state budget. The province should devise rational mechanisms to attract investment for preservation and upgrading projects with vision until 2030.

The Dien Bien Phu victory played a decisive role in ending Vietnam’s resistance war against the French and bringing a new momentum to the country’s revolution and the struggle for peace, national independence and socialism.

The battle occurred in Dien Bien between March and May, 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. The victory led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accord in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from the colonies in Indochina.-VNA