Millennial landmarks

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Various construction projects have been inaugurated in honor of Hanoi's millennial anniversary. The works, be they theaters or statues, are intended to highlight the capital's entertainment and arts scene.

1. Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton statue

The work of Vietnam's first president, Ho Chi Minh (commonly known as Uncle Ho) shaking hands with Ton Duc Thang, also known as Uncle Ton, when the latter was voted the country's Vice President in 1960.

The statue is 5.4 meters high and situated atop a 1.8-meter pedestal in Thong Nhat Park.

2. Cong Nhan (Workers) cinema

The Cong Nhan cinema in Trang Tien Street

Built by the French in 1917, the cinema was repaired in 2007 with a total investment of VND72 billion (US$3.69 million). It covers more than 1,000 square meters on Trang Tien Street and is three stories tall.

3. Intellectual building

The VND200-billion (US$10.3 million) building in Cau Giay Urban Area was designed to serve as the headquarters and central offices for the nation's scientific, artistic and intellectual organizations.

Covering a total area of 6,668 square meters, the building was designed with office space for 1,500 people. The complex consists of one three-floor block built in an ellipse and one 15-floor block built in a circle.

4. Saint Giong statue

The 11.7-meter-high statue depicts Saint Giong, Vietnamese hero who defeated Chinese invaders around 250 BC, riding a horse with a bundle of bamboo he had used to strike down fleeing invaders.

It was placed on the top of Da Chong Mountain in Soc Son District, some 297 meters above sea level. Weighing 85 tons, the statue was handmade by a group of artisans, led by Vu Duy Thuan.

5. Hoa Binh (peace) Park

The park covers over 20 hectares in Xuan Dinh Commune, Tu Liem District featuring various works, including a 20-ton statue and a playhouse for kids.

The park is considered as a symbol of Hanoi "the city of peace."

6. Hanoi Museum

The Hanoi Museum, which covers almost 54,000 square meters, is one of the country's largest museums.

Located in Tu Liem District's Me Tri Commune, the building resembles an inverted pyramid. It was built with a total investment of VND2.3 trillion (US$118 million), and currently houses some 20,000 exhibits belonging to the city and local collectors.

7. Cung Xuan Theater

Hanoi's first outdoor theater is a complex consisting of an arts stage, a recreational area and other multi-functional areas.

One of the theater's highlights is the stage that is equipped with a mobile roof, a system of water music and lasers. It has a 1,500- person capacity.

The fan-shaped theater, which cost nearly VND100 billion (US$5.14 million) to build, covers more than 10,000 square meters in Hai Ba Trung District.

8. Dai Nam Theater

The VND96 billion-theater on Hue Street is dubbed Vietnam's most modern cheo (traditional operetta) theater. It has five floors two of which are underground.

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