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Traditional village resort rests at foot of Hai Van Pass

A Da Nang resident has built a resort that resembles a Vietnamese traditional village at the foot of Hai Van Pass in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City.

The 6-hectare Suoi Luong Resort, which is only 10km from downtown Da Nang, lies against the slopes of Hai Van Mountain and looks down on Lien Chieu Bay.

The resort, which showcases Viet Nam’s ethnic cultures, has a variety of buildings in the styles of different cities and ethnic groups in the country.

Among the structures are the houses of the Quang Nam and Hue people, the Guol house of the Ko Tu ethnic group, and the timber-floored residences of the Muong, Dao, Tay, Nung and Mong groups of the northern highlands.

There is also a typical communal house on stilts, often known as a long house, the residence of the ethnic people in the Central Highlands.

"We want to develop this area by the Suoi Luong (Luong Brook) into a tourist park at a place the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) called De Nhat Hung Quan (the most beautiful place), said Nguyen Trung Dan, the owner of Suoi Luong Resort.

The resort also houses a Cham tower more than seven metres high, built by Le Van Chinh, an expert in Cham civilisation.

Chinh used the techniques adopted by the Cham people centuries ago, assembling bricks without mortar.

Suoi Luong Resort also has an indoor concert stage, cinema, shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts made from villages in Quang Ngai, game parlours, and a library.The resort has places of worship and prayer, including a pagoda for Buddhists and a chapel for Christians.

Visitors can receive instruction in the different methods of meditation used by Buddist masters for centuries.The resort owner has invested VND14 billion (US$900,000) for the first stage of the project, which officially opened last week.

Suoi Luong, which is located only 300m from the southern entrance of the Hai Van Pass Tunnel, will contribute to the socio-economic development of Da Nang, said Tran Van Minh, deputy chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee.

"This resort, which is an example of the healthy and liberal investment environment of Da Nang, will also provide valuable tourism products and services," said Minh during the opening ceremony.

Dan said 12 villas to provide accommodation for visitors who want a longer stay at the resort will be completed by the end of June.

VNS - (17/06/2004)

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