Southern Special Printing Board Relic – Potentiality for tourism development

Located in Ham Rong Commune, Nam Can District, Southern Special Printing Board Relic is among the National Monuments- “The sites of the Southern Party – Central Southern Department (from late 1949 to early 1955) which was recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on November 10, 2010. Favorable location along with important historical values ​​makes it become a potential relic to serve cultural tourism products of Ca Mau province.

di tich an loat ca mauSouthern Special Printing Board Relic. Photo: Ca Mau Province Tourism Information and Promotion Center

Historical value

Southern Special Printing Board was established at Dong Thap Muoi War Zone under Decree No. 102/SL dated November 1, 1947 by the President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the decision of the Southern Administrative War Resistance Committee with the task of printing Vietnam banknotes in the South. In spite of being far from the Central Government, in the clamping force of the French invaders, under the leadership of Southern Vietnam Committee and the Southern Administrative War Resistance Committee, since the first day of its administration, the Government of the Republic of Vietnam used the Indochina money for war resistance financial operations. Subsequently, according to the assigned tasks, the officials of the Special Printing Board in general and Southern Special Printing Board in particular directly printed and distributed the denominations of the Republic of Vietnam which were often referred to the beloved name of Ho Chi Minh banknotes in order to serve the war resistance and national construction of the South, crush French Colonialism’s plot to stabilize  Southern Vietnam as a springboard for the second attack on Vietnam.

In 1949, in order to ensure secrecy, the Southern Special Printing Board was ordered to move to U Minh war zone. In this area, the Southern Special Printing Board in turn organized printing divisions equipped with Typo printers, offset printers from Hamada, old German offset printers and Money printing paper production workshops by using local materials for production. Due to the specific characteristics of U Minh forest, when producing money-printing paper, the star was in the natural brown color of U Minh water, so it was difficult to forge it. In addition, the Southern Special Printing Board also organized a mechanical workshop for repairing printers and other supporting equipment to take initiative in printing and promote the quality of banknote of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

It was extremely difficult to print money in the war zone. Officials and employees of the Southern Special Printing Board worked hard to accomplish their assigned tasks. The banknotes were printed in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50,100, 200 and 500 dong, featuring Uncle Ho and icons of worker, farmer, soldier and intellectual and circulated in the South. The Financial notes – Uncle Ho banknote played a very important role in the establishment of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam which was young at that time and created financial independence in the 9 year resistance war because in each banknote was full of political, economic and financial significance.

Ham Rong Commune, Nam Can District is considered as the last stop of the Southern Special Printing Board. It was the place where bright banknotes were available for our revolutionary government with full denominations, containing Uncle Ho’s picture with brown five-pointed star in the middle and production and fighting of the people in the South and the place where the team of printing money was the largest. The largest number of Uncle Ho banknote was issued in the anti-French war.

Tourism Potential

Along with the strength of ecotourism, Ca Mau possesses many potentialities for cultural tourism. Humanity tourism development based on the exploitation of historical relics is a suitable direction, contributing to diversifying products, propagating the cultural and historical values ​​of the locality to visitors all over the world. According to the statistics of the Relics Management Board of Ca Mau province by the end of 2016, 10 National relics and 24 provincial-level relics have been recognized in the Province. Particularly, the number of relics is small but each relic has historical and cultural significance, reflecting the important marks in the process of reclaiming the land, the history of fighting against foreign aggressors and the process of building and defending the Fatherland.

Beside some monuments that have been exploiting for the tourism development effectively such as historical sites of Da Bac Insland, Nguyen Long Phi Cultural Memorabilia (Uncle Ba Phi), Historical monument and the Hon Khoai Island tourism attraction, Provincial Committee Base in Xeo Duoc, etc,the Southern Special Printing Board’s tourism potential exploitation will enrich the cultural and historical system to serve tourism of Ca Mau province. With a favorable location on the main tourism route of the province “Ca Mau City- Nam Can – Ca Mau Cape National Park”, the Southern Special Printing Board has a great potentiality to be integrated into the source tourism program, visited, explored the history and be added to the existing tourism route list of the province. At present, at the historical relic of the Southern Special Printing Board, the works such as memorial stele, heroic martyrs’ name station, garden system, fence, lighting system, etc have been completed and inaugurated on October 06, 2014 and recently, on December 27, 2016, the traditional exhibition house have been put into operation for the display, introduction of images and artifacts to re-form the history of establisgment and struggle and revolutionary activities of the Southern Special Printing Board.

di-tich-an-loat-ca-mau-2Delegates visited the exhibition house at the Southern Special Printing Board relic. Photo: Ca Mau Province Tourism Information and Promotion Center

According to the Tourism Law (2005), “Tourism resources are natural landscapes, historical relics, revolutionary relics, humanity values and human’s creative works used to satisfy the demand for tourism and the basic factor to form tourism destinations, tourism sites to create tourism attractions”. Investment in the exploitation of the relics such as the Southern Special Printing Board for tourism development is the right direction for Ca Mau province to diversify tourism products, promote the propaganda and advertisement of the local cultural and historical values and contribute to socio-economic development and improve the material and spiritual life of the people./.

Thy Dieu

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