6 Stops on the heritage road of Central Vietnam

Here are 6 stops on the journey of Central heritage, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage, which contains beautiful natural landscapes or rich cultural traditions.

1. Ho Dynasty Citadel (Vinh Loc, Thanh Hoa)
The starting point is the Ho Dynasty citadel, located in Vinh Loc district, about 50 km from Thanh Hoa city. This was the citadel of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. In the record of the world heritage, the citadel of the Ho Dynasty is described as a magnificent work by the great stone art and technology, together with a combination of unique building tradition in Vietnam, Southeast Asia in the late 14th century and early 15th century. Visit Ho citadel, do not forget to enjoy Che Lam Phu Quang - top 50 Vietnamese specialty gifts announced by Vietnam Record Organization.

2. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh)
Phong Nha - Ke Bang is located in Quang Ninh, Bo Trach, Tuyen Hoa and Minh Hoa districts, 50km to northwest of Dong Hoi city. In addition to the value of geological history, topography, geomorphology, this national park is blessed with mysterious, majestic landscapes and many hidden mysteries of nature and caves, which look like splendid castles in the limestone mountains made millions of years ago.

3. Complex of Hue ancient ruins
On the North bank of the Perfume River, the most important architectural system of the Nguyen Dynasty is the three citadels: Hue Citadel, Hue Imperial Citadel, and Forbidden City Hue Citadel arranged on a vertical axis throughout from South face to the North. Associated with the citadel, the palace, the tomb, there are also Nam Giao, Xa Tac, Hon Chen palace, Linh Mu pagoda, Tuy Van pagoda... This is a delicate architectural form, with the architectural works closely connected with the charming landscape of the mountains and rivers, containing exquisite decorative carvings.

4. Hue royal court music
Recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible mankind in 2003, Hue court music was a music of the feudal court, performed at festivals during the year under the Nguyen Dynasty. Hue royal court music is a symbol of prosperity and longevity of the royal court, including genres of worshiping ceremonies and main court ritual music, royal dances, chamber music and theater. In Hue, you can enjoy court music at Duyet Thi Duong, Minh Khiem Duong or on a boat along the Perfume River in the evening.

5. Hoi An Ancient Town (Quang Nam)
As a traditional town port, Hoi An retains almost intact over a thousand architectural monuments such as streets, houses, meeting halls, temples, pagodas, shrines, ethnic churches, ancient wells... They have the traditional nuances of Vietnam, and also show cultural exchanges with Eastern and Western countries. The street in the old quarter is short and narrow, with a twist, running along the board. Those who come to Hoi An easily recognize the traces of time not only in the architectural design of each building but also everywhere, on the roofs covered with moss and trees or old gray molded walls…

6. My Son Sanctuary (Quang Nam)
Located in a valley with a diameter of about 2 km, surrounded by hills and mountains, in a mountain range of about 100 m to 400 m high from East Truong Son through My Son to the capital of Tra Kieu, My Son Sanctuary is considered as the main centers of Hindu temples in Southeast Asia and the only heritage of its kind in Vietnam.

Although time has turned many towers into ruins, the remaining sculptural and architectural artifacts up to this day still leave the Cham period of art history, masterpieces that mark a glorious of Champa culture and architecture as well as Southeast Asia.

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