Vietnam Destinations on Central Heritage Road with six UNESCO recognized world heritages along the Central Land possess majestic landscapes and traditional cultures. The following are six stopovers on the Central Region heritage road.
1. Ho Dynasty Citadel (Vinh Loc Dist, Thanh Hoa)
Firstly, the starting point of Vietnam Destinations on Central Heritage Road is with relics of Ho Dynasty Citadel, Vinh Long rural district, about 50 km from Thanh Hoa city. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. In world heritage documents, the citadel of Ho Dynasty is described as the gigantic architecture of large blocks of stone. And combination of matchless construction tradition of Vietnam and South East Asia in the period of late 14 century and early 15 century. Coming to the citadel of Ho Dynasty, don’t forget to taste – on the list of top 50 specialties published by Vietnam Record Organization.
Ho Dynasty Citadel on Central Heritage Road – Vietnam Destinations
Ho Dynasty Citadel is one of the World Culture Heritage recognized by UNESCO, around 150 km from Hanoi.
2. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh province)
The second point of Vietnam Destinations on Central Heritage Road is far from 50 km Northwest of Dong Hoi City. Phong Nha – Ke Bang is located in the territories of Quang Ninh, Bo Trach, Tuyen Hoa and Minh Hoa rural districts. Together with geological values, the nature has granted the park mysterious, impressive and egnimatic landscapes. Caves and grottoes as splendid as palaces in the heart of karst mountains dating back millions of years ago.
En Cave – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, the World Nature Heritage recognized by UNESCO, around 210 km from Hue City.
3. Hue Citadel Complex – Sightseeing point for Vietnam destinations
On the north bank of Perfume River, the most important architectures of Nguyen Lords are three circles of rampart. It include Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel in a well-proportioned. Their setting is on a vertical axe stretching from South to North. Close to the citadel, palaces, monuments, are altars of Nam Giao and Xa Tac, Hon Chen temple, Linh Mu Pagoda, Tuy Van Pagoda, etc. These are the symbol of fine art at that time and architectural works. Additionally, it attached to charming scenery of rivers and mountains were engraved with subtle decorations.
Hue Citadel from outside
After the tour, let experience Hue cuisine rich in dainties like Bun Bo (a spicy beef soup). Together with Nem Lui (finely ground beef and pork, plus shredded pork skin and fat, garlic, sugar and fish sauce). Banh Beo (rice paste topped with dried shrimp, fish sauce, spring onion and more). Banh Bot Loc (steamed clear tapioca cake), etc. eat once remember forever.
4. Hue Royal Music
Recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2003. Hue royal court music refers to a broad range of musical and dance styles performed at annual ceremonies in Nguyen Dynasty. Moreover, Hue royal court music, including worshipping ritual music and court ritual music, royal dance, chamber music and opera. It represented the reign prosperity and perpetuity.
Hue Royal Music Show at night on boat on Perfume River
Visiting Hue, you can listen royal court music at Duyet Thi Duong theatre, Minh Khiem Duong theatre or on a boat cruising on Huong River (Perfume River) at night.
5. Hoi An Ancient Town – One of the best Vietnam destinations
Known as a one-time trading centre, Hoi An Ancient Town have nearly preserved one thousand relics of architectures close to be intact, like streets, houses, assembly halls, communal houses, pagodas, shrines, family cult houses, ancient wells, etc. As the result, they reflect Vietnam’s traditional architecture as well as exchange and integration between the East and the West. In the old quarter, the streets are short and narrow, winding in a chess board pattern. Those who come to Fai Fo, it is easy to find out the trace of time in everything: on double-tiling roof full of moss, mould-gray walls, etc.
Restaurant in Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Ancient Town was recognized by UNESCO as World Culture Heritage in 1999.
6. My Son Holly Land
Finally, My Son Holly Land situated inside the 2-kilometer wide valley surrounded by mountains and hills. In the 200-400 meter high mountain range from East Truong Son to the historic town of Tra Kieu via My Son. Naturally, My Son holy land is one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. And it is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam.
Temples in My Son Holly Land
Although time has turned many tower areas into vestiges. The remaining of sculptures and architectures still left fine arts in that historical period of Champa people. In which masterpieces mark a golden time of Champa culture and architecture and of Southeast Asia alike.