The site was honoured at the 38th meeting of the UNESCO Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar, on June 23.
Addressing the meeting, MoSCT Deputy Minister Dang Thi Bich Lien thanked UNESCO for the honour and voiced Vietnam’s commitment to seriously adhere to the World Heritage Convention in preserving globally recognised heritage examples in Vietnam.
Dubbed “Ha Long Bay on land”, the 10,000ha Trang An complex comprises three areas: Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong ecological site, Hoa Lu imperial capital, and Hoa Lu primitive forests.
The region is scattered with karst topography such as limestone mountains, caves and lakes. It is home to more than 800 species of fauna and flora, including those listed in Vietnam’s Red Data Book.