60th anniversary of Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower in Thailand marked

The Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower in Nakhon Phanom province was built by the community of Vietnamese expats in 1960 as a gift to show their gratitude towards the Thai King and Government who welcomed them with great hospitality at the time of hardship.
December 24, 2020 | 07:55
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60th anniversary of Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower in Thailand marked
A ceremony takes place in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, on December 22 to celebrate the 60th year since the Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower was built by Vietnamese people living here before they returned to Vietnam. Photo: VNA

A ceremony was held in Nakhon Phanom, on December 22 to celebrate the 60th year since the Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower was built by Vietnamese people living here before they returned to Vietna, VNA reported.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Thai-Vietnamese Association in Nakhon Phanom Tran Van Sau recalled the history of the Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower.

Governor of Nakhon Phanom province Kayson Kongsalat expressed his honour to be invited to the event, saying Nakhon Phanom is a province with cultural diversity where many ethnic minority groups live peacefully together.

The building of the clock tower is meaningful to the solidarity between Vietnamese and Thai peoples, he said, adding that the event not only provides a good opportunity to remind people of the past but also demonstrates a strong relationship between the two countries as neighbours and strategic partners.

Ambassador of Vietnam to Thailand Phan Chi Thanh, meanwhile, said the clock tower holds both historic and cultural meaning. It also helps strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, he noted.

Thanh expected that the Vietnamese people in Nakhon Phanom and all over Thailand at large will always remember the warm welcome of the Thai government and people over the past years and together further deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower historical landmark of Nakhon Phanom Province built by Vietnamese people in 1960.

Vietnam and Thailand officially established diplomatic ties on August 6, 1976. The two countries’ relations have flourished in numerous fields, thus benefiting their peoples.

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, the economic partnership between Vietnam and Thailand has grown strongly, with bilateral trade in the first nine months of 2020 hitting over 11 billion USD. In the first half of this year, Thailand invested 1.58 billion USD, ranking second among foreign investors in Vietnam.

Thailand is among the top 10 foreign investors in Vietnam, with total capital of over 12.3 billion USD. It has been Vietnam’s largest trade partner in ASEAN for many years, with two-way trade standing at some 17.5 billion USD in 2019.

The Vietnamese expats in Thailand for raising more than 4 billion VND (173,215 USD) in financial relief for survivors of the historic flooding in central Vietnam in November.

The Thai government has supported 30,000 USD, and the Thai Consulate General, businesses and community in HCM City has donated over 1.3 billion VND and goods to help people affected floods and storms in Vietnam’s central region./.

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