Historical war hero statue set up on Vietnam island

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A statue of Tran Hung Dao (12281300), the supreme commander under the Tran Dynasty who repelled three Mongol invasions in the 13th Century, was unveiled in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago Sunday .

The 11-meter stone statue is on the east coast of Song Tu Tay Island, gazing over the East Sea.

Work on the statue began after a large stone was procured last June in Thanh Hoa Province for VND6.5 billion (US$313,000). The money was donated by the authorities and residents of Nam Dinh, the northern province from where the Trans hailed.

There is a similar statue of the hero at February 3 Square in Nam Dinh town.

Colonel Nguyen Duc Nho of the Vietnam People's Navy said the statue confers a "special meaning" to Song Tu Tay Island and the Truong Sa archipelago.

Tran Hung Dao, one of the most accomplished military tacticians in history, scored multiple victories over the mighty Mongol Yuan Dynasty under Kublai Khan which are considered among the greatest military feats in world history.

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