Vietnam’s Trang An landscapes inscribed to World Heritage

Trang An Landscape. Source: Vietnam News 20140624

Besides Myanmar, Vietnam saw the addition of another World Heritage site, the Trang An Scenic Landscape in Ninh Binh Province, which contains archaeological sites from the prehistory past and the 10th and 11th centuries.

Trang An Landscape. Source: Vietnam News 20140624
Trang An Landscape. Source: Vietnam News 20140624

Trang An Landscape Complex
Unesco World Heritage

Trang An wins coveted world heritage recognition
Vietnam News, 24 June 2014

Trang An named Vietnam’s first UNESCO-recognized mixed heritage
Tuoi Tre News, 24 June 2014

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (Viet Nam) is inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural property. 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. 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, with villages and sacred sites.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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