On Thursday, the Hanoi administration and Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction officially decided to establish a costly cemetery for high-ranking state and Party officials, national heroes and people of note in the uptown part of the capital.
The new graveyard space is planned to cover an area of roughly 120 hectares, of which about 60 percent is destined for burial plots and the remaining for decorative verdant background.
It will be created in a rural town of Hanoi, at the foot of Ba Vi Mountain, approximately 40 kilometers to the west of the downtown city.
The cemetery will accommodate up to 2,500 burial plots and is due for completion in around three years.
The project, at the estimated cost of over US$62 million, is funded by the Vietnamese government.
The final resting place is designed with a variety of functional facilities, such as buildings for work, reception and funeral service, together with land for traffic and a parking lot.
The government has arranged a 9.4-hectare area for households forced to relocate under the construction plan.
Vietnam’s high-ranking leaders have been buried in Mai Dich Cemetery, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, since 1982.
But this six-hectare place has run out of graveyard space and is expected to be transformed into a cemetery park.