Vietnam will begin work on a museum to house artifacts and documents that attest to its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the central city of Da Nang in April.
Le Phu Nguyen, a spokesman of the Hoang Sa District government, said on Sunday work on the US$89,000 museum will begin on April 30, the same day an annual international fireworks competition will kick off in Da Nang.
The Hoang Sa Museum will occupy 1,249 square meters in the namesake district, which faces the East Sea (the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea), Nguyen said.
The two buildings, which will combine modern architecture and traditional stone cutting techniques, were designed by the Japanese-owned Wright Architecture Company.
An enlarged version of the official seal King Minh Mang (the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, who ruled between 1820 and 1841) used to authorize the formation of the Hoang Sa navy in 1835 will be featured on the connective passage between the buildings.