Visitors pay tribute to General Giap during Tet hinh anh 1Visitors pay tribute to the late General (Photo:VNA)

Quang Binh (VNA) - Nearly 100,000 local and foreign visitors flocked to central province of Quang Binh to offer incense to late General Vo Nguyen Giap during nine days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

On February 10 (the third day of the first lunar month) only, about 15,000 people paid tribute to the Vietnamese legendary general at his tomb in Vung Chua-Dao Yen Island in Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district.

General Vo Nguyen Giap, real name Vo Giap (alias Van), passed away in Hanoi on October 4, 2013 at the age of 103.

Giap, the first general and Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnamese People’s Army, was born on August 25, 1911 in An Xa village, Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province. He directly led large campaigns during the Vietnamese wars against the French and the US.

His name is closely linked to the historic victory at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, which put an end to the French colonialism in the country. He was also instrumental in fighting the Americans who replaced French troops.

As an eminent student close to President Ho Chi Minh, General Giap was loved and respected by the people and international friends and a pride of generations of officers and soldiers nationwide.-VNA