Discover the extraordinary heritage of Vietnam

The character and effort to overcome major conflicts and hard tests to preserve his identity have made him one of the countries in the world with the greatest tourist interest. Vietnam's heritage is fabulous and is recognized by Unesco. We visit the 8 places that make up the material heritage of this country.

1. Vietnam Heritage: Hoi An City

Japanese bridge in Hoi An

With more than 2000 years of history, this small village has resisted numerous wars. With a great cultural miscegenation caused by the invasion and influence of other cultures such as Arabic, French and Japanese, the village of Hoi An has a historical center worth mentioning.

It is located on the coast of the South China Sea and is an ancient port city. What stands out about Hoi An? Its narrow and colorful streets, flanked by colonial-style houses.

2. Hue monuments set

Hue Citadel

The city of Hue was built to become the capital of the Nguyen dynasty. These feudal lords dominated southern Vietnam until the 19th century. This walled city keeps its wonderful monuments inside.

Among them, It is worth mentioning the wall of Hoang Thanh, the forbidden city of Tu Cam Thanh, the Ky Dai Flag Tower and its main gate, called Ngo Mon. In addition, inside are several palaces and mausoleums, as well as ancient Buddhist temples.

3. Landscape complex of Trang An

Tran An landscape

This amazing place, with its valleys, mountains and lakes, has an area of ​​more than 10,000 hectares. Located on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, hides ruins and archaeological relics up to 30,000 years old.

For nature lovers, the area offers not only stunning landscapes, but more than 800 species of fauna and flora typical of the region. Further, you can visit several temples and pagodas, as well as small villages arranged by the valley. It is one of the most visited places in Vietnam for international tourism.

4. My Son Shrine, another jewel of Vietnam's heritage

My son sanctuary temple

This sanctuary, discovered by the French Camille Paris after centuries of abandonment, It is the largest sanctuary of the ancient Kingdom of Champa. The ruins of the My Son sanctuary have more than 70 architectural works and are the only example of this civilization.

Although many of these relics have been punished for looting, they can be seen today in museums such as the Louvre or the British Museum. The set of temples abandoned and dedicated to the god Shiva merge with the wild and natural landscape which dominates this region of Vietnam.

5. Imperial city of Thang Long, Hanoi

Than Long Citadel

This city dates back to the 11th century and was built on the remains of an ancient Chinese fortress. Located near Hanoi, the imperial city of Thang Long was the seat of political power. But many of the structures of the Imperial City suffered the ravages of the occupation and wars, and even fell down during the twentieth century.

At present, and thanks to the work of archaeologists, many of these structures have seen the light again. Some of them are kept in good condition, especially in the center of the old citadel.

6. Natural heritage of Vietnam: Ha-Long Bay

Ha-Long Bay

Just three hours by car from Hanoi, you will find Ha-Long Bay, also known as the dream dragon bay. Made up of more than 1600 islands, The bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkín, known for its spectacular calcareous pillars.

Most of the islands are uninhabited, so nature here is almost wild, having not counted on the intervention and presence of man. Its biological value and beauty has made it one of the most visited places in Vietnam.

7. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Entrance to the Son Doong cave

The karst formation of this national park is one of the oldest in Asia. Originated in the Paleozoic, it shows a unique landscape. Further, in it is the largest cave in the world, the cave of Hang Son Doong. This has 65 kilometers in length and is formed by a complex of caves and caves.

8. Citadel of the Ho dynasty

Citadel of the Ho dynasty

Between the rivers Ma and Buoi and next to the mountains Tuong Song and Don Son, is the citadel of the Ho dynasty. Is It was built according to the principles of feng shui. The buildings that are preserved, despite the bombings during the war between the United States and Vietnam, are an example of the imperial architecture used in the fourteenth century.

Video: In Cambodia, a City of Towering Temples in the Forest. National Geographic (April 2020).