In a place where “A rooster crows, all three countries hear it”

[Tin Kon Tum] – Kon Tum on a summer morning, the sun is like pouring honey on the pretty little city, the wind is blowing on the winding roads, sloping up and down. The gateway to the city center is Dak Bla bridge – where the legendary river flows with great power. In the summer, the river is full of water, on both sides are strips of green trees, full of life like a Ba Na girl in her twenties. Not far from Dak Bla River is the more than 100-year-old Wooden Church, the majestic Seminary, the beautiful KonKlor Communal House,… Each place has its own unique mark in its architecture, easily making people wonder. to another surprise, admiring the hands of talented artisans. However, if you have visited all the beautiful scenery but have not visited the Three Borders Marker (Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia border milestone), you will not understand anything about the land of the Northern Central Highlands.

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Border junction landmark.

From the center of Kon Tum city, it takes about 2 hours by car to reach Bo Y International Border Gate. In the memories of many people, this is a desolate mountainous area, sparsely populated, with a desolate and sad life. . In previous years, in Kon Tum city, it took a few days to get to Bo Y. In the dry season, the roads were dusty, zigzag, and winding. In the rainy season, the land was mushy, the roads were very difficult, many places had to walk. the whole length. Bo Y truly “awakened” in 2005 – when the Prime Minister issued a Decision promulgating regulations on the organization and operation of Bo Y International Border Gate Economic Zone; including 6 communes and 1 central area, urban planning area of ​​9,000 hectares, international airport of 1,000 hectares and commercial, industrial, service zones, etc. Currently, Bo Y Border Gate is always busy. crowded with buyers and sellers of essential goods, bustling with exchanges of goods and agricultural products. And this place has become an important gateway for road tours, with many caravans constantly appearing one after another on the journey across Indochina and Kon Tum. We can easily see the silhouette of Lao girls, gracefully dressed with high bun hair, smiling friendly and lovely.

Continuing to go through the winding mountain corners, the seemingly never-ending loops, one side is a steep cliff, the other is a deep abyss, adventure becomes an unexpectedly attractive point. If you are lucky enough to walk on this road in early summer, you will see flocks of small, beautiful white butterflies fluttering around, surrounded by white, surprisingly beautiful reeds. After about 30 minutes of driving, we can reach the foot of the hill 1086m above sea level – where the famous Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia border landmark is located. The landmark’s construction began at the end of 2007, under the supervision of experts from three countries sharing a common border. The inauguration ceremony was solemnly held on January 18, 2008, with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Diplomacy of three countries. The landmark stands at coordinates: 13041’09.08″ North latitude, 107033’27.79″ East longitude, about 2m high, weighs nearly 1000kg, built on a circular stone pillar, about 1m in circumference. It was placed on three stone pedestals that are three concentric circles. It is also engraved on three sides with the national emblem and the country’s name in that country’s language, placed between the provinces: Kon Tum (Vietnam), Ratanakiri (Cambodia) and Attapeu (Laos). From the Landmark, looking around, we can see: the sky is high and blue, clusters of white clouds are floating; Below is a range of green hills and mountains, overlapping each other, each strip of reeds swaying in the bright golden sunlight… The landscape is so grand, yet poetic, easily making people feel excited. God of national pride, loves every inch of land and hill on the border. It’s exactly like the lyrics:

“Border afternoon, my dear.
Is there any place greener?

Like green grass buds.
Like a forest of leaves, like our love

Border afternoon, my dear
Is there any higher place?
Like the beginning of a river and a stream
Like the clouds and the wind, like the frontier countryside…”

The erection of the three countries’ border markers has great significance for national security and defense. The border lines between the three provinces of Kon Tum, Rattanakiri, and Atapeu have been clearly identified on the ground, contributing to preserving stability in the border area, creating favorable conditions for expanding economic cooperation, trade, tourism and services. At the same time, it creates a solid foundation for the “breakthrough” Bo Y Border Gate Economic Zone, serving as a driving economic region of the Central Highlands and a new urban area of ​​Indochina. Anyone who has ever visited this Landmark will have the impression: Territorial sovereignty is an absolutely important, extremely sacred issue for any country, any nation, any Vietnamese people.

Ha Oanh