Trang An grotto system nominated as world natural heritage


The system of grottos named Trang An in Ninh Binh province was introduced to a delegation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on August 21, as a nominee for the world natural heritage recognition.

The UNESCO’s 300-member delegation spent a whole day to discover the grotto system. This is a chance for the UNESCO Vietnam Union to advertise the site to UNESCO’s experts.

The Trang An grotto system is evaluated to meet two criteria on global outstanding values of world heritage in terms of aesthetics and geology-geomorphology.

Called the on-land Ha Long Bay, Trang An covers 2,168 hectares. It is surrounded by limestone mountains and lagoons, which are connected by 48 caves. Besides grottoes, this site covers the ancient Hoa Lu Capital and Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Trang An is the home to many pre-historic relics and the relics of old dynasties. Kasrt caves there were formed 4,000 years ago.

Trang An – Bai Dinh was selected as the destination for 300 delegates from over 100 countries of the 8th UNESCO World Congress, which took place in Hanoi from August 18 to 22.