The delegates to the ongoing 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) plan to visit the Trang An-Bai Dinh site in the northern province of Ninh Binh on August 21.
The Trang An-Bai Dinh site is seeking the UNESCO’s recognition as the world’s natural heritage.
The Bai Dinh Temple Spiritual and Cultural Complex, a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Đinh Mountain, served as a temporary capital of the Đinh Dynasty over 1,000 years ago. It has been considered one of the Buddhism centers in Vietnam.
The eco-tourism site of Trang An, with 48 grottoes and many lagoons, is praised as “Halong Bay on land”. Covering an area of 2,168ha, it is home to many relics of prehistoric men living 5,000-30,000 years ago. It is adjacent to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.
Trang An has a terrestrial ecosystem of over 600 flora species, 200 fauna species, including many listed in Vietnam’s Red Book. Its aquatic ecosystem is also rich.
Trang An is regarded as an open-air geo-park because it is surrounded by limestone mountains. Archaeologists confirm that the Trang An-Hoa Lu area was under sea waters 251-200 million years ago.
The five-day 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations is taking place in Hanoi, with the participation of over 250 foreign delegates from more than 50 countries and territories.