'French Village' to open soon to tourists in Da Nang

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Work on a six-hectare area that consists of 20th-century French-styled castles and houses is set to be completed by the end of April on popular tourist mountain Ba Na in Da Nang. 
French Village, as the site is officially known, also includes a hotel, a shopping mall, restaurants, and an indoor theme park, news website Zing reported.
Its investors expect the US$70-million village to bring tourists back to the time when the mountain, about 46 kilometers southwest of Da Nang, was home to a luxury resort built by French colonialists in 1901 for military officials and high-ranking civil servants.
Ba Na, which is nearly 1,450 meters above the sea, once had more than 200 French-styled villas, hotels, market, opera house, and stadium.
Most of them, however, were destroyed after the 1945 August Revolution that forced the French to withdraw from Vietnam.
The remains of the former resort are now just small paved paths, moss-covered walls, or ruins of fireplaces.

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