Hanoi Urged to Find Solutions to Boost Son Tay Tourism

The city of Son Tay is taking steps to increase its cultural and historical importance by hosting events that showcase the unique value of its traditional artifacts.

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Hanoi authorities have appealed to relevant organizations to devise solutions to promote tourism in Son Tay, taking advantage of its cultural and human resources, as well as its historical and revolutionary sites. By utilizing these resources, the city can be positioned as an attractive destination for travelers.

 Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung led a delegation to visit the Temple of Phung Hung, Son Tay Town. Photos: Thanh Hai/The Hanoi Times

Dinh Tien Dung, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, made a statement at a meeting with Son Tay City leaders earlier this week following a field trip to the town’s relics, monuments and cultural works. Dung commended the city’s efforts in preserving historical sites, noting that it was an important factor in promoting local tourism and culture.

The delegation toured Phung Hung (or Bo Cai Dai Vuong) Temple, King Ngo Quyen Temple and Tomb, a number of ponds in Cam Lam hamlet, Mong Phu Community House and some old houses in Duong Lam Commune, as well as Va Temple in Trung Hung Ward.

According to Dung, Son Tay has great potential for investment, construction, and upgrading of historical relics to boost community-based tourism and cultivate the cultural industry. This aligns with the guidelines outlined in the Politburo’s Resolution No.15 on Promoting Hanoi’s Development to 2030, with Vision to 2045.

After the trip, Dinh Tien Dung emphasized the need for a comprehensive and long-term approach to be taken for this region in order to attract more domestic and foreign tourists and make tourism a cornerstone for Son Tay’s sustainable development.

 The Hanoi Party Committee’s delegation visited Duong Lam Ancient Village.

Nguyen Van Phong, Deputy Secretary of the Son Tay City’s Party Committee, has highlighted the city’s remarkable progress and transformation. By hosting events that promote and showcase its traditional cultural and historical relics, the city has seen a dramatic shift in its economic structure. Notably, trade, services, and tourism have accounted for 50% of the total revenue in the first four months of this year. This demonstrates the incredible success of Son Tay City in making the most of its unique cultural and historical features.

The leaders of Son Tay Town reported that in 2014, the municipal People’s Committee approved the plan to preserve and promote the traditional values of Duong Lam Ancient Village. Since then, about 13 projects with a total investment of VND178 billion (US$7.6 million) have been successfully completed, while five other works are lagging behind schedule.

They called for the expedited planning of the ST4 urban subdivision, which will guide Son Tay City to adjust its planning to preserve and promote the traditional values of Duong Lam Ancient Village. They also urged the city to support funding and enable the implementation of detailed planning for the construction, preservation, and promotion of the values of certain relics related to the development of services and tourism in the city.

Nguyen Van Phong declared that the city is poised to ratify the blueprint of historical relic sites, such as Duong Lam Ancient Village, and devise strategies to marry conservation and development, particularly to maintain the traditional values of Duong Lam area.

 The Hanoi Party Committee’s delegation visits a communal house in Duong Lam Ancient Village.

Son Tay City boasts an impressive 244 relics, including 16 national-level and 58 provincial/city-level relics. Additionally, the city is home to six important revolutionary relics and those of President Ho Chi Minh, making it a must-visit destination for history lovers.

Intangible cultural heritage comprises an array of cultural expressions, including 65 festivals, six trades, five social traditions, two performances, one national intangible cultural heritage, and eight heritages of priority conservation.

The local authorities are actively working to develop and promote tourism related to the conservation of cultural heritage, such as the innovation of products and tourist destinations. Furthermore, Son Tay City is hosting various events to stimulate travel demand, including the annual Son Tay-Xu Doai (Doan Land) Tourism Year and the pedestrian zone around the ancient Son Tay Citadel. These events not only promote tourism but also provide a unique experience for visitors.