Vietnam signed the Convention on the World’s Heritages in 1987. Since then, there are a total of 7 World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO, and these Heritage Sites help Vietnam a lot in earning tourists through years. We will give you a multi-faceted view of the sights and people of top 7 amazing places. Hopefully, you will have a chance to discover some beloved landscapes of Vietnam.
7. The old town of Hoi An
Lying in an inclement tropical region and going through the ravages of the wars, the old town of Hoi An, like a micracle, remains almost intact.
What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Vietnam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, more than a thousand places of interest.
“ Horizontally, the streets are like bridges
Vertically, they are like long- lasting wait.” – Ly Phuong Lien.
River of Hoai- the river of diverse feelings.
Pedlary will be a homesickness for Hoi An inhabitants living for away from home.
For centuries, Hoi An had developed into a melting pot of various nationalities who came to the area, bringing along their own cultures. Accordingly, Hoi An features the co-existence of indigenous customs and habits and those imported by foreign settlers.
6. My Son Holy Land
“ The old Champa people gave their spirit to the land and the stone, and relied on nature to make My Son rich, sacred and architecture and sculpture that is difficult to understand.” – The late Architact Kazimierz Kwakowski.
Champa towers were built of brick combired with ornamental sand stone by wonderful and sophisticated champa mason. A tower often had three storeys, getting smaller towards the top and on each storey the rolling arches of tower entrances were imitated. All decorative themes were presented on the outer surface of the tower, an angled piece of stone was set.
“ Architecturally, My Son is the most valuable, largest oldest Holy land among Cham relics in Viet Nam” – Dr Truong Quoc Binh.
My Son was one of the biggest holy land of Hinduism to take an important role in the Cham’s cultural life and spirit.
Plus the wild nature of the place, My Son creates a wonderful scene for people visiting the Holy place.
5. The old imperial city of Hue
“ Until now, Hue has been seen as one of a few old cities still existing in the modern world, soaked in a profound poem of nature. Mountains, river and sea create a majestic dimension, opening an inmense vision and framing the land with colorful pictures draw by nature. This centuries-old city has given people a valuable present, meeting an urgent desire of urban residents that is the desire of nature.” – Hoang Phu Ngoc Tuong.
Romantic sight of the Huong river and the Ngu mountain.
Thien Mu pagoda.
4. Ha Long Bay
Let we tell you the story of Ha Long
In days of yore, at the time our nation was first founded, once upon a time the Viet nation found itself facing a foreign invasion. To help the Viet, the Celestial Palace sent Mother Dragon and her Dragon Children to come on earth to repress the foreign invaders. Encountering the foreign invader’s ships that rushed in from the sea, the Dragon immetiately spat out a countlees number of pearls and gems transformed themselves into thousands of pearly stone islands that, at certain places, formed a great wall, and at other places, formed kinds of fortresses that stopped in invaders short…
Toward the end of the invasion, Mother Dragon and her Dragon Children took pity of our people and remained with us. The place Mother Dragon resided is called Ha Long, while the place the Dragon Children lived is called Bai Tu Long. The place of Dragon tails splashed about whitening the sea waves is called O Long Vi with its white sand beach that spreads over tens of kilometres.
When visiting Ha Long, we are not only enjoy nature and feel at peace in its immeasurable greenness but also meditate with a freedom of mind created by the serene mountains and thousands of sails.
Paradise at cave Ha Long Bay.
Sunset at Ha Long Bay
3. Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park
“ Phong Nha cavern is very famous in Viet Nam, and is one of the two most beautiful caverns in the world. Phong Nha cavern may link up with many other caves in area. Particularly, as Phong Nha is situated not far from Ho Chi Minh Road, visitors from overseas will not only enjoy exploning the carvern but also have break to see a number of war relics.” – Howard Limbert- Chief of British Cave Research Association.
The Phong Nha cave itself which lends its name to the whole system is probably the most beautiful of all, containing many fascinating rock formations, enchanting visitors with evocative names such as Lion, Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha.
Marvelous Phong Nha
It has the largest grotto in the world, as well with the longest underground river. Moreover, Phong Nha has rocks and stones naturally set in different sizes and shapes and a wide range of living creatures inside the park. Son Dong Cave , the largest cave in the world, was recently discovered in this complex of natural wonders.
2. Ho Dynasty Citadel
The citadel of the Ho Dynasty was the capital of Viet Nam from 1398 to 1407. The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is considered as the only stone citadel remaining in Southeast Asia and is one of the few remains in the world.
The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is an architectural masterpiece of the 14th century with impressive architecture of the walls and other parts. The citadel buildings represent an outstanding example of a new style of Southeast Asian imperial city with a combination between the Vietnamese architecture and the unique building techniques of Viet Nam, Southeast Asia and Eastern Asia.
The citadel of the Ho Dynasty, built according to the feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century in Viet Nam and its spread to other parts of East Asia. According to these principles, it was sited in a landscape of great scenic beauty on an axis joining the Tuong Son and Don Son mountains in a plain between the Ma and Buoi rivers.
1. Thang Long Imperial Citadel
The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi is the archeological site of the old capital of Vietnam, which originated in 1010. This makes it one of the oldest centers of power in the world that has been in use without interruption.
The building of the Imperial Citadel and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South- East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads of influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.
Most of the structures were destroyed in the 19th century and are now being restored. They form a unique synthesis of the influence of various Asian cultures.
Situated at the heart of Hanoi, the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an outstanding place of interest not only for the capital city but also for the country as a whole.
The standing monuments and subterranean vestiges of palaces, together with numerous other unique artifacts unearthed in the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi are invaluable assets not only of Vietnam but also the entire human race.
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