25.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex recognized as World Heritage Site

©UNESCO / Nguyen Cuong

Ha Noi, 25 June 2014 – Situated on the southern shore of the Red River delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is the 8th UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site in Vietnam and the first that falls into the category of having both natural and cultural importance.

“The inscription of Trang An on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a special event for Viet Nam. It makes us all feel proud and happy, but also gives us greater responsibility for the preservation of the site’s Universal Outstanding Values for our future generations,” Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien stated emotionally after the meeting.

On June 23rd 2014, Viet Nam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at the 38th meeting of the UNESCO Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar. The site was nominated based on its outstanding cultural value, exceptional natural beauty and significant geomorphic or physiographic features.

Exploration of some of the highest altitude caves that are dotted across the landscape has revealed archaeological traces of human activity dating back almost 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to climatic and environmental changes.

The property also includes Hoa Lu, the old capital of Viet Nam in the 10th and 11th centuries, as well as temples, pagodas, paddy-field landscapes, along with villages and sacred sites.


For more information, please contact:

Duong Bich Hanh

Culture Programme Coordinator

UNESCO Ha Noi Office

23 Cao Ba Quat, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi


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