The place of Hien Luong – Ben Hai has witnessed the pain of partitioning the two regions and historical events associated with the struggle for national liberation and reunification of our troops and people during the anti- Risk. After the signing of the Geneva Agreement (July 20, 1954), our country was temporarily divided into North and South, taking the 17th parallel (Ben Hai River) as the boundary, July 1956 conducted a general reunification of the country. But with the events caused by the destruction of hostile forces, it took us 21 years (1975), with soldiers’ bloodshed, the people have fallen to achieve independence and unification. country.
The Hien Luong (Quang Tri) Bridge across the Ben Hai River has been the boundary separating the two parts of the country, which is currently the visitor attraction.
The Hien Luong Bridge across the Ben Hai River has become an important landmark of the country for 20 years. Since the 1954 Geneva Agreement, the 17th parallel running along the Ben Hai River became the temporary boundary separating the country, awaiting the general election two years later.
The Geneva Accords stipulate a demilitarized zone, 1.6 km wide on each side, from the banks of the Ben Hai River, extending from the Cua Tung estuary (Vinh Linh District) to the Vietnam-Laos border. In fact, the demilitarized zone is unevenly spaced according to the terrain, in order to ensure that the village is not fragmented. Hien Luong Bridge was built in France in 1952 with a length of 178 m, 7 spans, reinforced concrete pillar, steel body, and wooden deck. In the diary of writer Nguyen Tuan, the bridge has two colors with 894 boards, 450 north and 444 south.
The battle for paint also took place drastically. With a unified desire, the north side painted blue, the south coast painted gold. The war of paint color lasts until 1960, keep the blue – yellow.
In 2014, the first Hien Luong Bridge was restored two blue-gold as ever, to emphasize the unifying aspirations of the Vietnamese nation. In this photo is a painting of a bridge in the north of 1960 and a scene in 2014.
People on the fringes of the free spill of the 1954-1956. According to the Geneva Accord, along the demilitarized zone there are 10 points for people to cross the two sides, including Hien Luong bridge and nine wharves. Each point has a guard post. People want to enter the demilitarized zone must have a passport.
At present, iron bridges are restored according to the original design of the French to serve sightseeing. Each year, this relic receives about 20,000 visitors.