Sites in Vietnam

Complex of Hué Monuments

HuéDate of Inscription: 1993
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Province: Thua Thien - Hue
N16 28 10 E107 34 40

Hué is perhaps best known for its historic monuments. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was in the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the river. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the concubines, emperors, and those close enough to them were granted access, the punishment for trespassing being death. Today, little of the Forbidden City remains, though reconstruction efforts are in progress to maintain it as a tourist attraction as a view of the history of Hué. Roughly along the Perfume River from Hué lie myriad other monuments, including the tombs of several emperors such as Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Tu Duc, and others. Also notable is the Thien Mu Pagoda, located not far from the city centre along the river, the largest pagoda in Hué and chosen as the official symbol of the city. Less ancient but not less important are the French-style buildings along the south bank of the Fragrant or Perfume River, among them are the famed Quoc Hoc High School and the Hai Ba Trung High School.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi AnDate of Inscription: 1999
Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province
N15 53 E108 20

Hoi An is a small city on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quảng Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. The city possessed the largest harbor in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Champas controlled the strategic “spice trade” and with this came tremendous wealth. The boats still used today in Hoi An probably have the same hull shape as those used by the Champas for ocean voyages. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

My Son Sanctuary

My SonDate of Inscription: 1999
Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province
N15 31 E108 34

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century A.D. by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva as he is known under various local names, the most important of which is "Bhadresvara." The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long BayDate of Inscription: 1994
Extension: 2000
Property : 150000.0000 ha
Province: Quang Ninh
N20 53 60 E107 5 60

Ha Long Bay (literally: Descending Dragon bay) features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate and cultural characters. Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km², including 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The diversity of the environment, climate, geology, geography, and geomorphology in the area have created biodiversity, including tropical evergreen bio-system, oceanic and sea shore bio-system.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke BangDate of Inscription: 2003
Property : 85754.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 195400.0000 ha
Bo Trach and Minh Hoa Districts - Quang Binh Province
N17 32 14 E106 9 4.5

Phong Nha - Ke Bang is a national park in the Bố Trạch and Minh Hóa districts of central Quang Binh Province, in north-central Vietnam. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is situated in a limestone zone of 2,000 km2 in Vietnamese territory and borders another limestone zone of 2,000 km2 of Hin Namno in Laotian territory. Phong Nha-Ke Bang area is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos with a total length of about 70 km, of which only 20 have been surveyed by Vietnamese and British scientists; 17 of these are in located in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang area. After April 2009, total length of caves and grottoes are 126 km. Before discovery of Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha held several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, as well as the largest caverns and passageways.

These brief descriptions and pictures come mainly from Wikipedia. Along the way we will update it with our own information and pictures. For more information about World Heritage sites check out: http://whc.unesco.org