Being an attractive destination for domestic and foreign visitors, disseminating information to raise public awareness on protecting marine environmental resources and the nation’s territorial sovereignty is the focus of the Oceanographic Museum. Of which, dissemination on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands’ sovereignty is included in exhibiting and interpreting activities at the museum.
Apart from the area displaying marine resources of Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Islands, the Truong Sa Park was established on September 14, 2017, helping visitors have more trustful and close feeling about Truong Sa Islands. Spreading over 300 square meters on the coast and over 3,100 square meters of water surface, the typical objects of the Spratly Islands such as sovereignty landmark, lighthouse, barringtonia asiatica trees and sovereignty stele are arranged reasonably. In particular, the Park also has a map of the underwater terrain around the Truong Sa which is made in 3D model and shows the position and depth of the islands, helping viewers to have a full and detailed picture about Truong Sa.
A corner of Truong Sa Park
Underwater photo at the park, one of the Porites coral block with diameter of over 3 metres
Not only the artifacts on the shore, there is diverse and rich coral reef ecosystem under the water in the Park. Some coral reefs have a diameter of up to 3 meters, which is estimated to take hundreds of years to form. This is really a near-shore reef ecosystem that has a long history and needs to be maintained and preserved. As in the Spratly Islands, coral reefs plays a role of a biological refinery machine which helps maintain the quality of environment. As a result, research and aquaculture activities at the Institute of Oceanography receive clean sea water.
Along with the artifacts and materials displayed at the Museum of the Paracel and Spratly Islands, Truong Sa Park is truly a place where the public can come to feel and learn about the nation’s holy sea and islands. The number of visitors to the park is increasing. In particular, during the festivals of the national reunification (April 30) and May Day (May 1) ceremony, each day the park welcomed nearly 1,000 visitors.
See more about Truong Sa Park at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yi5WF28kY
Translated by Phuong Huyen
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