Đại Nam Văn Hiến

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Đại Nam Văn Hiến's main square
Main worship place in Đại Nam Quốc Tự, with Buddha Amitābha, Hung Vuong, and Ho Chi Minh, what has sometimes become entangled in social controversies

Đại Nam Văn Hiến is a tourism complex in Bình Dương Province, Vietnam. Open on September 11, 2008, Dai Nam Tourist - Cultural - Historical Zone includes the first safari in Vietnam and the largest artificial sea in Southeast Asia[1] and is expected to be the biggest park and tourist destination in the country by 2010.[2]

Đại Nam Sea is 21.6 hectare, with a total water surface area of 20,000 sq.m and coast of 1.4 km long. The artificial sea has beaches, with artificial waves up to 1.6m high, it is the largest wave pool in Viet Nam and was designed and manufactured by the famous Scottish Company - Murphys Waves Ltd.

The construction of the largest tourism site started in about 1999, on a 450 hectare plot of land, some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Paradise now includes the Đại Nam Văn Hiến Temple, an entertainment site, zoo, shopping area, hotels, and cuisine sites. The 12.5ha open zoo is part of the 450ha Lac Canh Đại Nam Văn Hiến Entertainment Complex. The park is home to rhinos, white lions, tigers, elephants, bears, ostriches, chamois, zebras, gnus, squirrel-monkeys, and foxes, many of which are not typically found in Viet Nam.

Dai Nam Park encompasses a shopping center, hotel, movie theater, theme park, campground, water park, zoo, rides and numerous temples. Its cost for building Dai Nam about VND 3,000 billion. The 12.5 ha open zoo is part of 450ha Lac Canh Van Hien.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Đại Nam Văn Hiến includes a 5,000 square-meter temple - a replica of the main temple in Huem - with a lotus-shaped flag tower and 13.5 kilometer wall. Outside of the complex lies Bao Son, which at 63 meters tall and 250 meters in length is the biggest man-made mountain in Vietnam. The five peaks and the Bao Thap Tower are a scaled-down version of Ngu Hanh Son Mountain in Da Nang on the central coast. Inside Bao Thap Tower are nine theme-based altars, one on each level, to venerate the country's founders and important figures of Vietnam's history like Ho Chi Minh, Tran Hung Dao and the Trưng Sisters Hai Ba Trung, who lived from 12-43 AD.

An assortment of rides such as the roller coaster on square ralls, electric car racing, water plume ride and the swing across the waterfall are similar to the offerings at Dam Sen, Suoi Tien or Nha Trang's Vinpearland, but larger in scale. Đại Nam Văn Hiến also includes a modern 4D cinema and a "Snow World" theme park nearby. The complex also houses Vietnam's first zoo where visitors can get a close up view of formerly wild animals. The 12.5 hectare zoo has 76 species of birds, reptiles and mammals, including many rare animals such as white peacocks, white tigers and white hippos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southeast Asia’s largest artificial sea inaugurated in Binh Duong
  2. ^ "Dai Nam Van Hien, Vietnam's first safari park". vietnam-beauty.com.