Phu Tho Province builds Vietnam's largest relief

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Work has begun on Vietnam's largest bas-relief in Phu Tho Province, which will portray ancient cultural features expected to be ready before the 1,000th anniversary celebrations of Thang Long-Hanoi in December.

To feature the culture of Van Lang, the first Vietnamese state, and incorporate unique cultural traditions and festivals from around the country, the VND30 billion (US$1.6 million) relief, 72 meters long and 9.9 meters high, will be placed in the province's Hung Kings Temple.

The tableau will also portray colorful pottery and the Vietnamese people overcoming hardships in their quest for peace, images of Lac Long Quan and Au Co, the nation's mythical founders, bronze drums and square and round glutinous rice cakes that symbolize the Earth and Heaven.

The work is expected to be finished in October.

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