General Vo Nguyen Giap Tomb is situated in Vung Chua Dao Yen, Quang Binh Province in the north central region of Vietnam. On the way leading to the tomb, there are 103-step staircase, 103 apricot trees and 103 Phanera variegate trees representing the General’s 103 year olds.
About General Vo Nguyen Giap
Vo Nguyen Giap (1911 – 2013) was the first general of Viet Nam People’s Armed Forces, commander-in-chief of Dien Bien Phu Campaign (1954). In 1984, the New Encyclopedia Britannica voted General Vo Nguyen Giap as one of 10 preeminent generals of the world.
Vung Chua – Yen Island
Vung Chua – Yen Island of Quang Binh province had been chosen by the General as his last resting place. Owning spectacular natural scenery, Vung Chua backs to Tho Son Mountain and faces the Vietnam East Sea with many small islands as La, Gio, Nom (Yen Island). General Vo Nguyen Giap tomb is located in the Dragon Cape reaching to the sea and being opposite to Yen Island.
Squad 1 under Border Guard Post 184 (Quang Binh Province’s Border Defense Force) guards the General’s tomb 24/24h. The guards are divided into 3 points: receiving visitors; monitoring and guiding visitors; guiding of incense burning in the General’s tomb.
To embellish the landscape of the General’s tomb, 13,000 pine and coconut trees were planted in Tho Son Mountain and along the road leading to the tomb. The bell tower located near the General’s tomb has a bronze bell engraved four words “Vung Chua Hong Chung” (Vung Chua Bell).
Tens of thousands of visitors come to burn incense and visit the General’s tomb per month, especially on holidays and weekends.