This statue faces the river in District 1 and is of Tran Hung Doa (1228-1300) who was a Vietnamese military Grand Commander of Thang Long during the Tran Dynasty. His multiple victories over the mighty Mongol Yuan Dynasty under Kublai Khan are considered among the greatest military feats in world history. General Tran Hung Dao's military brilliance and prowess is reflected in his many treatises on warfare and he is considered one of the most accomplished generals in world history.
The Tran Hung Dao statue is located in Me Linh Square, near the Saigon river.
It was built in rememberance of the Battle of Bach Dang in 1288. General Tran Hung Dao for months and months had set traps of huge steel tipped wooden stakes in the waters of the Bach Dang River to stop the Mongolian invasion.
The Mongols didn't realize they were there, and the Vietnamese chased them in their smalll boats to the areas where the stakes were located, thus the Mongol crafts were stuck and sunk after becoming embedded by the stakes!
The entire Mongol fleet was destroyed, and Omar, the Mongol fleet admiral was captured and executed.
The Battle of Bach Dang is remembered as one of the greatest victories in Vietnamese military history, with Vietnam being the only country in the world then that successfully defeated the Mongolian's invasion three times in a row.
This Statue is remembering the importance of the General and the part he played in an important part of Vietnamese history.
It is located in a nice park, just across the road from the Saigon River.