Trang An Tourism Complex recognized as World Heritage Site

By meeting the criteria of natural and cultural values, Trang An Complex of Tourism has been officially declared as a World Culture and Nature Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the first heritage site of the country to combine both cultural and natural aspects.

A meeting of the Heritage Committee of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has been recently held in Doha, Qatar. The organization has announced the recognition of Trang An Toursim Complex as a World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage, according to the three criteria assessing cultural, aesthetical and geological values of the site. Trang An Complex has become the first site of the country to process both natural and cultural recognitions. 

Also in the previous meeting of UNESCO that took place from June 15 to 25, Trang An was the only combined heritage (culture and nature) among 36 other sites that were nominated. The acknowledgements of the New World Heritage Sites were based on 10 principles of UNESCO including considering the sites to represent “a masterpiece of human creative genius” or containing “exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.”
Trang An Tourism Complex is situated in Ninh Binh Province, facing the Red River Delta to the south. Trang An Complex consists of 3 main conjunctional areas: special national heritage of Ancient Capital of Hoa Lu; Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong National Natural Sites and Hoa Lu Primeval Forest. The complex covers a total area of 4,000 hectares (area of Trang An Limestone Peaks included), surrounded by a 8,000-hectare buffer zone which includes mainly paddy fields.
Up to this time, Vietnam has 5 official sites recognized as World’s Cultural Heritages, including: Hue Complex of Monuments; Ancient Town of Hoi An; My Son Sanctuary; Thang Long Imperial Citadel; Citadel of Ho Family. Besides, there are two World Natural’s Heritages recognized in Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Forest.

In addition, UNESCO has also recognized 8 of Vietnam’s intangible heritages as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, including: Hue’s Royal Court Music; The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam; Love Duets of Bac ninh and Bac Giang; Ca Tru (Vietnamese Ceremonial Singing), Giong Festival at Phu Dong and Soc Temple; Folk Singing of Phu Tho; the Worship of Hung Kings and Traditional Music of Southern Vietnam. 

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