UNESCO World Heritage for Vietnam

UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent some of the best natural, cultural and historic attractions in world travel. Below are details of the 8 cultural, natural and mixed sites inscribed for Vietnam to date (a red World Heritage symbol denotes a site currently regarded as endangered). For more details of these properties, click on the links to the UNESCO website and the photographic galleries of these sites from OurPlace (where available) or see our highlights of Vietnam for descriptions. Also, check out UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage for Vietnam below.

1993 - Complex of Hué Monuments
1994 - Ha Long Bay
1999 - Hoi An Ancient Town
1999 - My Son Sanctuary
2003 - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
2010 - Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi
2011 - Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
2014 - Trang An Landscape Complex

Complex of Hué Monuments

Ha Long Bay

Hoi An Ancient Town

My Son Sanctuary

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Recently UNESCO has begun to document the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts". The current listings for Vietnam are shown below - click on the links for more details.

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

2008 - Nha Nhac, Vietnamese court music
2008 - Space of gong culture
2009 - Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk songs
2010 - Gióng festival of Phù Ðông and Sóc temples
2012 - Worship of Hùng kings in Phú Tho

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

2009 - Ca trù singing
2011 - Xoan singing of Phú Tho Province, Viet Nam