Replica of the Statue of Liberty at AnSaPa tourist site.
Local authorities set up an inspection team on April 20 to check the AnSaPa tourist site after it installed a small version of the Statue of Liberty on its campus and the statue was “stoned ‘ on social media because she was seen as ugly.
On social media, especially tourist forums, netizens posted pictures of what they called the “error version” of the Statue of Liberty on the AnSaPa tourist site, and complained that the statue was ugly and totally different from the original statue. They called it a “mutant” version and an “error” of the Statue of Liberty.
According to local officials, the half-length Statue of Liberty was built at AnSaPa – a private tourist site in Sapa – in 2020. The photos uploaded are of the first version, which is less aesthetic than the original version. The statue has been fixed and isn’t as bad as it used to be.
In addition to this statue, the tourist site also has another “error version” similar to the American sculptures of Mount Rushmore (portraits of four American presidents on the cliff). These two works in Sapa were made by unskilled workers, so the proportions of the faces of the statue are distorted.
The authorities in Sapa announced that they would carry out an inspection and examine all the tourist sites in the area.
Besides these two works, AnSaPa tourist site has also built other models of famous works in the world such as the Eiffel Tower (9m high) in Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa (8m high) in Italy and the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. , and others.
Nguyen Ngoc Dong, the owner of AnSaPa, said, “We are tourism service providers, so we always want to offer tourists the best value for money. The half length of the Statue of Liberty is only a simulation. We are following local government guidelines and respecting traveler feedback with goodwill.”
An official in charge of tourism management in Sapa told VietNamNet that there are more than 20 private check-in points in Sapa town. Some of them have built works for tourists to take photos. which are quite offensive, lack aesthetic appeal and are unsafe.
Replica of the Statue of Liberty at AnSaPa tourist site
“The copying and construction of statues should have correct proportions and the original prototype. The copying of famous works of art should ensure aesthetics and should respect the copyrights of the creators,” said the head of the department. of Sapa culture.
AnSaPa owner Nguyen Ngoc Dong told VietNamNet that he would change the Statue of Liberty into a statue of a H’Mong man playing the khen (a type of wind instrument of the H’Mong people). .
“My tourist site is located in Sa Pa, which is home to most of the H’Mong. Changing the Statue of Liberty statue into an image of a H’Mong man suits the local culture,” Dong said.
AnSaPa is one of many famous recording sites in Sa Pa. The tourist site was the dream of Dong and his wife. They bought a 1,700 square meter land in Sa Pa town to build AnSaPa.
In addition to the Statue of Liberty, the site also includes the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Japanese Flower Street, the Japanese Old Town, the Chinese Bamboo Road, the Vietnamese Old Village, the Leaf Road red maple and many more.
Explaining that the Statue of Liberty “is seated” rather than standing like the Statue of Liberty in the United States, Dong said he didn’t want to “copy the original” because there were so many of them in Vietnam. He wanted to make a half-length version similar to the half-length snow statues made at snow festivals. This is why the statue is snow white and not ivory green like the original version.
Dong said he had invested a lot of money in this work.
Confirming that he was instructed by local authorities to temporarily close AnSaPa to meet local government requirements to ensure the safety of visitors, Dong said he will strictly abide by the decision.
“Over the past two years, the country has been affected by the Covid pandemic. Not only my tourist site but many other sites in the country were affected. In order to feed our passion and ensure an income for local workers in the tourist destination, we must do our best. So, I wish to receive sincere public opinion to do better, not for any other reason or purpose,” Dong said.
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