Tran Hung Dao, Ho Chi Minh City
Me Linh Square offers a study in contrasts. First, it is the most Western part of the city, with skyscrapers and big national banks far outnumbering anything distinctly Vietnamese or even Communist. It is a well-manicured city park in a decidedly upscale part of town. The focal point of what would otherwise appear an ode to capitalism is a foreboding statue of Tran Hung Dao. The famed guerilla military leader is shown in regal apparel much befitting his legendary status second only to Ho Chi Minh himself. He is known for thwarting Kublai Khan’s considerable forces when the Mongol Empire, already in control of China, set its sights on Vietnam in the 13th century. Despite heavy initial setbacks, General Dao managed to defeat the Mongolian contingent of 300,000 soldiers. According to legend, Vietnam’s king asked the fearless Dao if it might not be better to evacuate the city under siege. The General answered that his head would have to be severed before this ever happened.
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.
The statue of Tran Hung Dao is in honour of the great Vietnamese military leader from the 14th century. He is famous for defeating two Mongol invasions. First when the Mongols invaded the Red River valley in Northern Vietnam in 1283. Then again in 1287 when he defeated the Mongol army in the Bach Dang river.
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.