Tra Vinh Province builds Khmer culture and tourism village

Tra Vinh Province builds Khmer culture and tourism village

The Saigon Times Daily

Boat race is the main activity of Khmer people’s Ok Om Bok festival – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has begun work on a Khmer culture and tourism village project worth nearly VND26 billion (about US$1.1 million).

VND8 billion of the amount will come from the province’s budget and the remainder from the private sector.

The project is located in Ward 8 of Tra Vinh City and Luong Hoa Commune of Chau Thanh District. It is scheduled for completion in 2020, according to Vietnamplus news website.

The village will comprise seven main areas, including Ba Om pond, Ang pagoda, Khmer ethnic cultural museum, Tra Vinh Pali Khmer school, Khmer cultural village, Lo Gach pagoda, Oc Eo relic site, a parking area, and a night market.

According to Duong Hoang Sum, head of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the province is home to over 300,000 Khmer people, accounting for about 32% of the population.

The province has more than 140 Khmer Theravada Buddhist pagodas, and Ok Om Bok, Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay festivals. Ok Om Bok festival has been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Ahead of the Ok Om Bok festival this year, which falls on November 22, the province will inaugurate a mural road, the first component of the Khmer culture and tourism village on November 16. The road features 29 paintings by five artists, depicting the cultural, social and religious life of Khmer people in Tra Vinh.

Sum said the province served more than 652,000 visitors last year, up over 23% compared to 2016, including 15,780 foreigners. It earned more than VND210 billion from tourism in 2017, VND53 billion higher than in the previous year. By promoting the unique culture of Khmer people, Tra Vinh aims to lure more tourists and turn tourism into a key sector by 2025.

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