If you ever do a research about Vietnam, you are most likely to stumble upon a giant name, Ho Chi Minh. Intelligent and courageous, he is considered by the Vietnamese people as the greatest leader of all time. Interestingly, on your trip to Dong Thap, you can easily expand your knowledge about this man by visiting the Revered Nguyen Sinh Sac Historical Site. Don’t be too excited yet. This site was built to commemorate not Ho Chi Minh, but his revered father – Nguyen Sinh Sac! Located right in Cao Lanh City, this historical site has been ranked by the National Cultural and Information Department in 1992 as one of the most important cultural and architectural complexes in Dong Thap Province.
The whole site has an area of 3.6 ha including two parts: the tomb and the hall of the revered Nguyen Sinh Sac, and other interesting features such as a stilt house, a pond, and an office simulating those of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi. Right after you enter the main gate, you can see the tomb of the revered Nguyen Sinh Sac, which has a hands-shaped roof decorated with nine craved dragons – the symbol of the Mekong Delta (Cuu Long Delta). After visiting the tomb, you can feel free to explore the surrounding garden. Surprisingly, all the flowers and plants in this garden are the token of love from people around the country. When walking, do not be surprised if you see some giant trees, they are said to be nearly 300 year old! In addition to the tomb and the garden, the hall is also a place that you must visit. There are many documents, pictures and vestiges related to the life of the revered Nguyen Sinh Sac, especially the period when he stayed in Cao Lanh and the Southern Vietnam.
Every lunar year, on the 27th day of the 10th month, people from everywhere gather here to celebrate the death anniversary of the revered Nguyen Sinh Sac. Even though this has become a formal event recently, the celebration still has a very festive spirit that can cheer up any eager participant.