To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day (October 10), 60 statues of Thanh Giong (Saint Giong), a Vietnamese folk hero, were given to provinces, cities, organisations and individuals throughout Vietnam during an official ceremony on October 5.

The event was hosted by the Vietnamese Association of Historians and Vietnam Buddhist Academy together with the An Ninh Thu Do Newspaper and the Asia Friendship Co. Ltd.

Made by traditional craftsmen, the eighty-centimeter gilded bronze sculptures weigh 60-65kg each, and are based on the statue of Saint Giong at Soc Son Temple in Soc Son District, Hanoi.

According to Duong Trung Quoc, the Secretary General of the Vietnam Association of Historians, Thanh Giong is one of the four immortals, honored as a symbol of strength, belief and a strong will to overcome obstacles and claim victory.

The management board of the statue donation project said the legendary sculptures were special keepsakes to celebrate the upcoming 60th anniversary.

The project was also praised as a meaningful and practical deed by President Truong Tan Sang.-VNA