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|Huong Son Landscape Complex is home to mountains, rivers, grottoes and dozens of ancient pagodas dedicated to the Buddha. - Photo vietnamtourism.gov.vn|
Nguyen Van Hoat, chairman of My Duc District People’s Committee, said the body has sent a report to the city on the master plan to develop a spiritual tourism site covering 3,900ha in four communes of the district.
“We have discussed with interested enterprises to invest in the neighbouring area and not touch the Hương Pagoda Complex,” he said.
He also mentioned a project by Xuan Truong construction enterprise in the southeast area of Huong Son Complex.
“The project covers the side of a mountain between Huong Son, Tam Chuc and Kha Phong communes,” Hoat said. “The project deals mostly in improving the natural landscape on a total area of 1,500ha.”
“We have followed the decision by the Government to preserve the natural values of the landscape relic site following the Heritage Law and limit the affects of tourists on the landscape,” he said.
He confirmed the untouchable area is the core of the site with 21 ancient pagodas and grottos.
According to the master plan, six development projects involving at My Duc spiritual tourism site will be implemented in the next few years including the renovated Huong Son area on 20ha and the Festival Huong Son project on 172ha.
An eco-tourism resort complex on 150ha by Thai Binh Duong Group has also been approved by Hanoi’s authorities, along with the Huong Bình Cable system on connecting Huong Son (Hanoi) and Tiên Pagoda (Hoa Binh Province) and the My Duc Cemetary Park project on 27.8ha.
Hoat said the Huong Pagoda festival, one of the most crowded pilgrimage events in the north. It starts on the sixth day of the first lunar year (February 10 this year) and lasts for three month. This year’s edition will be the first event at the site since it was recognised as a Special National Relic Site last year.
“The festival is a civilised and effective event,” he said.
Nearly 400 locals will offer tourism services at the site during the festival, with 4,000 boats and nearly 400 stalls for tourists.
Huong Son Landscape Complex is home to various mountains on rivers, where dozens of pagodas dedicated to the Buddha were built many years ago.
In 1770, Lord Trinh Sam visited the site and ordered five words carved on Huong Tich Grotto: “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong” (“the most beautiful grotto in the country”).
The site is located 62km southwest of Hanoi's centre. Thousands of tourists and Buddhists travel visit every spring to admire natural landscape and visit the religious sites.