First foreign-invested cemetery to open in South this week

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First foreign-invested cemetery to open in South this week

HCMC - Fairy Park Vietnam Co., a joint venture between Vietnam’s Tri Phuc Company and Malaysia’s Fairy Park Group, will open the country’s first foreign-invested cemetery in the southern province of Tay Ninh late this week.

First foreign-invested cemetery to open in South this week

By Quoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily

A view of the Son Trang Tien Canh cemetery - Photo: Quoc Hung HCMC - Fairy Park Vietnam Co., a joint venture between Vietnam’s Tri Phuc Company and Malaysia’s Fairy Park Group, will open the country’s first foreign-invested cemetery in the southern province of Tay Ninh late this week.

Son Trang Tien Canh cemetery will cover 100 hectares at the foot of Ba Den Mountain in Hoa Thanh District, and cost around US$20 million. The cemetery will include a crematorium, a park and separate sections for different religions.

The US$17 million first phase of the project covering 14 hectares will be opened this Saturday, said Koh Ko Tong, general director of Fairy Park Group, at a press conference last Saturday.

Unlike the traditional cemeteries in Vietnam, the Malaysian-invested cemetery will have separate sections for followers of Buddhism, Roman Catholics and Caodaiism, he said. Fairy Park Vietnam Co. provides 24-hour security service, he said. “Stepping into the cemetery, we don’t feel the heavy atmosphere. The green air with a lot of trees and pools is the ideal grave for the dead as well as for their relatives to relax since the cemetery has the design of a park with bonsai gardens,” said Tong, who is also general director of Fairy Park Vietnam Co.

He said the project was designed by experts from Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India to meet environmental protection standards and local feng shui masters. Fairy Park Group designs its cemetery based on clients’ requirements.

Fairy Park Vietnam offers a wide selection of graveyards, ranging from economic to luxurious, traditional Chinese style to western style, including the affordable single/couple burial plots, courtyard-look couple cemetery plots and luxury family-style cemetery plots.

Tong said there were 56 local customers to sign buying plots here. Among them 5 customers from HCMC and Tay Ninh signed to buy the family-style cemetery plots for 5 persons per plot with every plot worth US$110,000.

The Tay Ninh cemetery will be the first in the Son Trang Tien Canh cemetery chain, according to the joint venture. The joint venture will expand its cemetery model nationwide, he said. This US$20 million project is one of the Fairy Park’s major investments abroad.

Fairy Park Group is a large cemetery corporation in Malaysia with over 20 years’ experience. It provides one-stop services to customers.

Fairy Park Group also provides packages that include well planned funeral services, graveyard designs and maintenance for their garden.

Many local companies have also entered into this cemetery business. Dong Nai Farming Service Coop (Dona Coop) is the developer of Vinh Hang (Eternity) as the last resting place for 100,000 dead people. Dona Coop will invest some VND500 billion in the first stage of the project, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2011.

The area under the project will be expanded from 116ha in the first stage to over 200ha in the second. The cemetery project was introduced as the best and most modern cemetery in Vietnam by Dona Coop early last month.

However, it is located only 100m from the Dong Nai River, so experts have objected to the project, saying the cemetery could pollute the river that now supplies water for over 10 million people in HCMC and Dong Nai.

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