The visit took place on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's visit to Xuan La and the 57th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh and DPRK leader Kim Il-sung's visit to the Vietnam - DPRK cooperative in Hanoi (November 23).

Mr. Nguyen Van Ngu, head of the management board of the memorial, said that on November 23, 1958, Uncle Ho visited the cooperative and realized that Xuan La's model of work was effective. He then discussed with the DPRK side and invited them to visit.

Charge d'Affaires of the DPRK Embassy Ri Ho Jun burns incense in memory of President Ho Chi Minh. (Photo: TDO)

Six years later, on November 23, 1964, President Ho Chi Minh and DPRK leader Kim Il-sung visited Xuan La commune. The two leaders visited the fields, talked with the cooperative members who were harvesting rice, visited the kindergarten of the Vietnam – DPRK Friendship Cooperative, visited the livestock farm and talked with local people.

The Vietnam – DPRK Friendship Cooperative consisted of 4 villages in Xuan La commune with a cooperative in the DPRK called the DPRK-Vietnam Friendship Cooperative. On the occasion of the establishment of the two cooperatives' cooperation, the DRPK presented the Vietnam-DPRK Friendship Cooperative a 2.5-ton truck, a tractor and a multi-purpose water pump. During the visit, President Ho Chi Minh, President Kim Il-sung, the delegation and relatives in the cooperative watched the operation of the machines.

The gifts from the DPRK made the Vietnam - DPRK Friendship Cooperative the first cooperative in the North to have plows, tractors, and cars which were considered the most modern at that time.

In 1995, the Xuan La ward Party Committee and authority erected a memorial stele for the event that Uncle Ho visited Xuan La twice. In 2012, the Hanoi People's Committee decided to attach a signboard to commemorate the event of Uncle Ho's visit to Xuan La.

In 2018, local people invited artisans to sculpt two photos of Uncle Ho visiting Xuan La in 1958 and a photo of Uncle Ho and DPRK leader Kim Il-sung visiting the cooperative in 1964 into a rock painting.

Speaking at the event, Chargé d'Affaires of the DPRK Embassy in Vietnam Ri Ho Jun said he was moved by the love of the people and Xuan La ward for the DPRK people and country, especially President Kim Il Sung. According to the Chargé d'Affaires, November is a month of great significance for Vietnam and the DPRK. The memorial site is a testament to the strong foundation of friendship that was laid by President Ho Chi Minh and President Kim Il Sung.

He added that in 2022, the year marking the 110th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung (April 15, 1912 - April 15, 2022) and the 64th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's first visit to the DPRK (7/1957-7/2022), the DPRK Embassy will coordinate with Xuan La ward to organize a tribute to the two great leaders of the two nations./.

Compiled by BTA