Construction of a memorial complex to President Ho Chi Minh was started in Xiangvang village, Nongbouk district, Khammouan province on April 18.
The project will be built at a cost of nearly VND34.5 billion as non-refundable aid from the Vietnamese Government on an area of 1.5 hectares on the bank of the Mekong River. It is expected to be completed in November 2012 to mark the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year 2012.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Souvandi Sisavath, head of the management board of Laos’ Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, said the project is of historical, political and cultural significance for the two countries.
Dang Van Hong, an overseas Vietnamese said the project is a point of pride among Vietnamese people in Laos in general and in Khammouan in particular.