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Tunnels recognised as national heritage site

Update: January, 10/2015 - 10:15
The Vinh Moc Tunnel system in central Quang Tri Province's Vinh Linh District has been recognised as a national special heritage site following a decision by the government. — Photo vietbao
QUANG TRI (VNS)  — The Vinh Moc Tunnel system in central Quang Tri Province's Vinh Linh District has been recognised as a national special heritage site following a decision by the government.

The system of underground tunnels, built by locals and Vietnamese soldiers from 1965-68, includes 114 tunnels that run through 15 villages. They protected locals and soldiers from American bombs during the war, keeping thousands of people safe inside for days.

The governmental decision puts the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and provincial authorities in charge of conserving the heritage site.

It also recognises temples, pagodas and historical sites around the country, including temples and tombs for Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) kings in Bac Ninh, Thay Pagoda in Ha Noi and Tay Son worshiping complex in Binh Dinh. — VNS

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