Ecopark is an urban township development on the outskirts of Hanoi, in Hung Yen Province, Vietnam. Currently under development, Ecopark will span 500 ha with an estimated investment capital of over US$8.2 billion. The entire development, divided into nine construction phases, is expected to complete in an 18-year period.LocationEcopark is located near Bát Tràng village, just 4 km from Thanh Tri Bridge and 13 km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake – the centre of Hanoi. In accordance with “The Hanoi Capital Construction Master Plan to 2030 and vision to 2050”, there will be plenty of bridges and traffic tunnels crossing the Red River, considerably reducing travel times between Ecopark and the centre of Hanoi.DevelopmentEcopark is developed by Viet Hung Urban Development and Investment J.S.C (VIHAJICO), a joint venture of the following Vietnamese companies: AA Construction Architecture Joint Stock Company (AA Corporation) ATA Architects Co., Ltd Nam Thanh Do Construction Consultants J.S.C Thanh Nam Construction and Investment J.S.C Duy Nghia Co., Ltd Phung Thien Trading Co., Ltd Nam Thanh Tourism and Commerce J.S.C Bao Tin Trading Co., Ltd.Opposition from local farmersThe project has met resistance from about 2000 farmers whose land was repossessed, as in Vietnam all land belongs to the state.There were protests in 2006 and 2006. Then on April 24, 2012, this became one of the biggest land confrontation in Vietnam, with 1000 police facing farmers armed with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails. Police fired teargas into the crowds, arrested several protesters, and some villagers were beaten by the police with clubs.