Uncle Ho’s footprints kept alive in Thailand

Friday, 2016-05-20 17:39:31
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The largest Ho Chi Minh memorial site overseas was inaugurated in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom on May 19, 2016 to mark the President’s 126th birthday (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Footprints of President Ho Chi Minh are visible in many regions in Thailand, from Bangkok in the central region to Phichit province in the north and the northeast region. The President made his mark in Thailand while carrying out revolutionary activities from 1928-1929.

Many memorial sites for President Ho Chi Minh have been built in Phichit, Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom to commemorate the beloved leader of Vietnam's revolution. The sites are also cultural and tourism destinations in Thailand.

Receiving the directive from the Communist International, Nguyen Ai Quoc (President Ho) sailed from Germany to Bangkok, Thailand in July 1928 to begin his revolutionary activities in the country under the aliases Thau Chin, Ong Tho and Nam Son.

In Thailand, Nguyen Ai Quoc actively participated in many revolutionary activities including opening training courses for members of the Vietnam Revolutionary Youth League, publishing newspapers to disseminate information and encourage patriotism in Vietnamese expats, and opening schools for children of overseas Vietnamese, among others.

After Bangkok, Nguyen Ai Quoc came Phichit district in Phitsanulok province (now Phichit province) and stayed for 15 days, hosted warmly by overseas Vietnamese and local people. A small wooden house on stilts was built by overseas Vietnamese and the authorities of Pamakhap commune in Lam Dang village to commemorate President Ho Chi Minh. A bust of Uncle Ho was placed in the middle of the house along with a few simple personal belongings to remind visitors of the noble and simple life of President Ho.

Head of Pamakhap commune L.Somporn said the local authorities are building a memorial site for President Ho Chi Minh as part of a Thailand-Vietnam friendship centre and President Ho Chi Minh commemorative site on a total area of 4,000m2. The project costs around THB14 million (US$392,800) and is funded by the local authorities.

He added that the President Ho Chi Minh commemorative site in Phichit is scheduled to be completed in late 2016 and expected to be a tourism attraction and a communal site for locals and Vietnamese people in Thailand.

After staying in Phichit, President Ho walked more than 400km to Udon Thani, a large province in northeast Thailand. Under the name Thau Chin, President Ho came to Nong Bua station where a few dozens Vietnamese families lived, earning their living by gardening.

Leaving Nong Bua, he went to remote the remote village of Nong On, where only eight Vietnamese families resided. In the village, he enlightened the Vietnamese expats there about revolutionary ideals.

In 2012, local authorities co-ordinated with the Vietnamese People's Association in Udon Thani province to inaugurate a memorial site for President Ho Chi Minh. Covering nearly one hectare, the site was designed as a research centre on the great Vietnamese leader.

The site includes a replica of the house where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during his stay in the locality. Inside the house are objects and documents relating to the President, which were collected and preserved by local Vietnamese.

The construction of the site reflects the warm sentiment and respect of the Vietnamese community and Thai people towards Uncle Ho.

After his stay in Nong On, he went to May village, Nakhon Phanom province, which is 250 kilometres from the Udon Thani and over 700 kilometres from Bangkok. Nakhon Phanom was among destinations where the President spent most of his time in Thailand

May village was formed by Vietnamese people in the early 20th century. Most of them were cultured men from Vietnam’s central region. Affected by the ideology of Vietnamese Revolutionary Youth League, they built a Vietnamese community by constructing a temple worshipping Saint Tran Hung Dao and establishing a friendship association. From then on, May village has been a liaison station welcoming many Vietnamese people to Thailand.

During his stay in May village, the Vietnamese leader adopted the alias 'Thau Chin'. He also learned Thai and encouraged Vietnamese expats there to do the same to make it easier for them in daily life. He also organised classes teaching Vietnamese to children so that they could remember their roots.

To acknowledge his activities, construction of a memorial site began in March 2014 on an area of nearly 12,000 square metres in the village. After two years of construction, the site was inaugurated and opened to visitors on May 19, 2016, in honour of the President’s 126th birthday (May 19, 1890 -2016).

This is the largest and most modern commemorative site for President Ho Chi Minh in Thailand, archiving many treasured documents on the President. It is expected to be a tourist attraction for visitors to the province while serving as a venue for cultural exchanges for Vietnamese expats. It is also a symbol of solidarity and friendship between the two peoples.

Ho Chi Minh memorial sites in Thailand - built with an aim to keep his memory alive in the country - are a reflection of deep appreciation of the Vietnamese community and Thai people for the President. Visiting the sites will provide a memorable experience for tourists who want to learn more about the revolutionary life of Uncle Ho.

Minh Duc/ Translated by Nhan Dan Online
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