The culture ministry yesterday announced that the recent construction at Cái Hạ Mountain inside the Tràng An Heritage Site in the northern province of Ninh Bình by a local tourism company violated the Culture Heritage Law.
Phạm Xuân Phúc, deputy head of the Inspection Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, confirmed that a team of inspectors from the ministry checked the site at Trường Yên Commune, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province.
The team saw that the Tràng An Tourism Joint Stock Company, directed by Nguyễn Văn Son, cut into Cái Hạ Mountain and constructed a staircase leading up to Huyền Vũ Peak. The staircase runs up over 1km long with 2,000 steps and handrails on both sides to serve tourists.
The company has also constructed supporting facilitieslike public toilets.
“The act violated the Law of Culture Heritage and Document No 109/2017/NĐ-CP issued on September 21, 2017 by the Government,” Phúc said.
On February 10, Xuan Truong Construction Company opened the third waterway for operation at Trang An eco-tourism site to serve tourists visiting the Trang An Scenic Landscape complex.
On the route of the new waterway, visitors will begin their boat journey by embarking at Trang An wharf before being ferried to destinations such as Trinh Temple, May cave, Tien stream, Dia Linh cave, Dai cave, Hanh Cung Vu Lam and the filming location for Kong: Skull Island. The duration of the journey is about 3-4 hours.
Trang An eco-tourism site is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape complex and located in Ninh Binh province, covering an area of 2,200 hectares.
About 90km away from Hanoi, the complex was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. According to the plan for development, Trang An eco-tourism site will ultimately have nine tourism waterways and two road routes. The opening of the latest route will help increase the number of waterways for tourism in Trang An to three.
Hanoi (VNA) – The UNESCO Office in Hanoi and Vietnam Cultural Heritage Conservation Support Fund has held a round-table meeting to discuss a new approach to study Vietnam’s heritage.
The January 16 meeting marked the beginning of a series of regular discussions on heritage-regulated issues, aimed at satisfying the demand for exchanging information between specialists and mass media. It was attended by UNESCO representatives in Vietnam, representatives of the management boards of Vietnam’s world heritage sites as well as heritage specialists.
A report generalising the studies conducted by Lucerne University (Switzerland), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and UNESCO Office in Hanoi, distributed at the discussion, points out the necessity to amend and supplement the framework of Vietnam’s laws to match the policy on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention, which has been adopted by UNESCO.
Trang An landscape complex has met the criteria of UNESCO on outstanding universal values of World Heritage, for this reason, the complex has been officially recognised as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The recognition is based on the principles of the Convention on the Protection of World Culture and Natural Heritages including cultural, aesthetical, and geological-geomorphic values and the preservation of heritage.
This is the first time a Vietnam tourist site has became a world mixed natural and cultural property.
Located in northern Ninh Binh province, the turbulent movement of earth crust of hundreds of million years ago has endowed the province with a unique nature of caves, mountains, lakes and historical relics.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the second biggest city in the country. It is an interesting mix of the East and the West with noticeable traces of the communist influence as well as the French invasion. It is a favored destination for tourists. In fact, TripAdvisor named Hanoi to be the 8th most popular destination in the World in 2016. Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese for a long time, later by the French and also by the Americans in the 20th century. You can see the influence of each invading country on Hanoi today as well as the impact of the Communist influence. If you’re looking for ideas on what to see and do while in this bustling city, here are a few of my top suggestions.
NOTE: This trip was inspired by our 8-day Treasures of Vietnam trip.
Stretching 1,650 km from north to south, Vietnam is packed full of wonderful sights and experiences that are not to be missed. Because of this, coming up with an itinerary that fits such an array of beauty and culture into just a week or so can seem pretty daunting. But if you’re short on time and don’t have much annual leave, you don’t need to worry.
We’ve compiled a handy seven-day guide for your whistle-stop tour of Northern Vietnam.
From big cities brimming with foodie fun, to landscapes so surreal they will blow your mind, Northern Vietnam sure won’t disappoint.
Day 1: Sapa
We start in Sapa – our northernmost location, close to the border with China. This region is home to many indigenous hill tribes and is well known for its hiking.
Though the Tam Coc grotto is more popular than Bich Dong in NinhBinh province, about 120km to the south of Hanoi, the latter is still visit-worthy and in fact, still a favourite destination among tourists.
Bich Dong pagoda, also known as “Bach Ngoc Thach Son dong” (lit. a stone pagoda is as beautiful as jade), is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex which was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014. The pagoda was built in a grotto on the Ngu Nhac Son mountain range in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district which was dubbed “Nam thien de nhi dong” (the most second beautiful cave under the southern sky) by lord Trinh Sam (1767-1782).
According to Monk Thich Dam Tho, head of the pagoda, Bich Dong was a small pagoda at the peak of the mountain.
Vietnam is a beautiful country that hugs the borders of Laos and Cambodia in an elongated “S” shape. Each area of the country has its own charm: The north is famous for traditional food, the center stands out with white sand beaches, and the south boasts a modern and lively lifestyle. Vietnam is home to a total of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that draw visitors from all over the world. Here’s a guide to each.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular spots for international visitors. Thousands of limestone islets in different sizes jut out of the water in verticals cliffs topped with rainforests. They stand in stark contrast to the smooth, serene water.
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Trang An tourism complex is called an ‘outdoor geological museum’ with numerous caves, mountains, valley water, trees and historic relics. The site was also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List of Natural and Cultural Sites in June 2014.
Trang An is home to about 577 plant species including 10 species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.
It is known not only as a scenic destination but also as a Buddhist sacred place. Bai Dinh is a complex of pagodas in Vietnam-the largest and one of the most important centers of Buddhism in the country and also Southeast Asia.
The People’s Committee of northern Ninh Binh province on September 20 held a conference to seek ways to promote the value of the Trang An Landscape Complex, which was recognised by the UNESCO as a World Culture and Natural Heritage in 2015.
Dinh Chung Phung, Vice Chairman of the committee, said that the complex plays a significant role in the tourism development strategy of Ninh Binh and the country, as it is the first mixed heritage of Vietnam and the Southeast Asia.
It has motivated the transformation of the province’s economic structure towards a service-based economy with the engagement of various economic sectors, creating jobs and increase incomes for locals, he said.