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Mekong province builds Khmer culture-tourism village

A Khmer Theravada Buddhist pagoda in Tra Vinh Province. — VNS File Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has started building a Khmer culture and tourism village project at a cost of nearly VND26 billion (about US$1.1 million), with VND8 billion coming from the Government’s coffers and the rest by private investors.

Located in Ward 8 in Tra Vinh city and Luong Hoa Commune in Chau Thanh District, the village is expected to be finished in 2020.

It will comprise seven main areas: the Ba Om pond, Ang Pagoda, Khmer ethnic cultural museum, Tra Vinh Pali Khmer school, Khmer cultural village, Lo Gach Pagoda, Oc Eo relic site, and a night market.

According to Duong Hoang Sum, director of the Tra Vinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the province is home to over 300,000 Khmer people, who make up 32 per cent of the population.

Tra Vinh, which has more than 140 Khmer Theravada Buddhist pagodas, celebrates Ok Om Bok, Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay festivals.

Ok Om Bok has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tra Vinh province received more than 652,000 visitors last year, up 23 per cent from 2016, including 15,780 foreigners, Sum said. — VNS




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