A project on rebuilding the Ton Duc Thang Museum of HCM City has been approved by local authorities, according to the museum’s director Pham Thanh Nam.
Ton Duc Thang Museum, named after the second president of Vietnam, will be rebuilt next year. Photo courtesy of museum
The construction will begin next year and be completed in 2022. The building, located on more than 1,722sq.m, will include a basement and four storeys.
The VND275.7 billion (US$11 million) investment came from the city’s budget.
“We have been working to improve our way of doing business to attract visitors, particularly young people, after the reopening,” said Nam.
Ton Duc Thang Museum is named after the late President Ton Duc Thang, founder of the first workers’s union in Vietnam in 1920.
Thang was born in 1888 in An Giang Province’s Long Xuyên City. He joined the patriotic movement against the French colonialists at a young age.
He moved to France and participated in the workers’ movements there, as well as the rising of the French Navy in the Black Sea in support of the October Revolution in Russia.
In the 1920s, he returned to Vietnam and led the workers’ movement in Sai Gon, now HCM City, with the Ba Son strike, the most prominent example of the movement’s activities.
He joined and became a leader of the Vietnam Revolutionary Youth Union.
In 1929, the French colonialists arrested and sentenced him to 20 years in Con Dao Prison. One year later, he joined the Communist Party of Vietnam while he was in prison.
After the August Revolution in 1945, Thang regained his freedom and joined the resistance war against the French invaders. He was assigned many important missions by the Party.
He was the second President of Vietnam, serving from 1969 to 1976.
He made great contributions to the Vietnamese revolution, the world peace movement, and international friendships. He was the first person to receive the Sao Vàng (Golden Star) Order from the Party and Government. He was also awarded the Lenin Order and the Lenin Prize of the Soviet Union.
He died in 1980.
Ton Duc Thang Museum opened in 1988 and houses many documents, images and artefacts, providing visitors with a deeper knowledge of Vietnam’s s history and people during the French and American wars. The life and revolutionary career of the president are also featured.
The museum has organised several hundred showcases and exhibitions over the years. The staff has also created special programmes to attract secondary school and university students.
The museum attracts nearly 2 million visitors each year.— VNS