World Heritage

Vietnam is a country rich in culture and history. Among the many places of interest in Vietnam, there are a total of seven (7) World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO in Veitnam and Central Viet Nam cradles three of these namely (and the year these were recognized as World Heritage Sites): The Ancient Town of Hoi An (December 1999), The My Son Sanctuary (December 1999) and Imperial Citadel of Hue (December 1993).

For those who desire to unravel the milestones of years that have gone by, geographically and culturally in Central Vietnam, please click the respective Heritage site above for more information.

Trips may be arranged from Pulchra Resort Da Nang to any of these three Heritage landmarks for in-house guests. Prior advise is required.

Hoi-An

Hoi-An

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the Ancient Town of Hoi An (translated as peaceful meeting place) is a well-preserved example of South East Asian trading port dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. The town was known as, Lam Ap Pho or Champa City, where the Cham natives once controlled the spice trade. At present, Hoi An is one of Vietnam's must-see Tourism destination as it heralds a melting pot for both local and foreign influences, a culinary centre and a shopping hub for unique Vietnamese products.

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Tan Ky Old House
Tan Ky meaning, Progress Shop is an ancestral house presenting a near perfect example of 18th century merchant`s residence in this major commercial port located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, in the Old Quarter(s) of Hoi An
Japanese Bridge
he Japanese craftsmen built the bridge probably in the early 17th century to strengthen the trade route for Japanese merchants that settled in Hoi An. More interestingly, a legend has it that the bridge was built to deter the monster, Mamazu, which has its head located in India, its tail towards Japan and its back in Vietnam. Thus, preventing the area from earthquakes and other calamities. Today, the Japanese Bridge stands as a testimony to Japanese influence in Vietnam.
Museum of Trade Ceramics Built in 1858, the Museum of Trade Ceramics showcases an elegant example of traditional Vietnamese workmanship. A wide collection of antique pieces including exciting artifacts discovered from a ship wreck at a nearby waters in 1733. Chinese pottery dating back from the Tang Dynasty are also on display
Full Moon Festival
n the 14th day of every lunar month, Hoi An turns off its lights and closes the road from motorized traffic. The old town then, transforms into a humble yet colorful spectacle of flickering candlelights and an array of lanterns that draw visitors to witness and celebrate the Full Moon Lantern Festival.
Thu Bon River
Referred to as Mother River, this body of water is a source of life to the villagers and fishermen since the ancient time. Ride on old fashioned wooden boat as it gently floats thru the river mountains. An experience at this river will let you forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Also enjoy a unique river cruise experience riding on a to a traditional bowl-shaped boat.

My son

My son

MY SON SANCTUARY
Dating back from the 4th to the 13th century CE, the My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples and situated within the elevated geological basin surrounded by the mountainous border of Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.
The temples are in a valley roughly two kilometers wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges. My Son is a site for religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa as well as burial for the Champa Royalty and national heroes.
The Champa Kingdom is considered an important phenomenon in the political and cultural history of South East Asia. The ruins of My Son illustrates cultural interchange with the introduction of the Hindu architecture and the Indian subcontinent into South-East Asia, and its monuments are considered as the most important constructions of the My Son civilization. It is a remarkable architectural collection that developed over a period of ten centuries.
As of 1999, My Son has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

EXPERIENCE
Temple Ruins
Explore the complex of ruins which was once the religious center of Cham Kingdom 
My Son Holy Land
Learn the history and landscape why this place was strategically important and became a holy place for Champa
Heritage Restoration and Preservation
See the on going restoration and preservation processes and procedures. By chance, you might be allowed to make your own temple restoration experience
Apsara Dance
Watch the famous Apsara Dance "Dance of Champa Fairies"
Tra Kieu
This old structure is located nearby the My Son ruins. It was built as the capital of Champa kingdom first in the late 4th century. Numerous monuments, sculptures and other artifacts have been discovered in the area. Picturing an image of those days would be be unlikely as a park where a Catholic Church can also be found stands at the area, at present. In a fine weather however, best views of the Cham island and the Ranmeo Mountain where the My Son ruins can be found are just perfect

Hue

Hue

IMPERIAL CITADEL OF HUE
The Citadels at Hue are a must-see site for any visitors. This fortification shows an outstanding example of brilliant planning and construction of a completely defended eastern feudal capital. Four citadels can be found in Hue, namely: the Capital City for the official administrative buildings, Imperial City for royal palaces and shrines, Forbidden Purple City for the royal residences, and lastly, the Inner City. Hue once served as the administrative center of Southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 18th century.

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Royal palace
The Royal Palace can be compared to the large scale model of the Forbidden City of Beijing. In 17th century, walls were built under the commands of the emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Within the living quarters of the Forbidden City lies the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which is situated at the center. At present, the Imperial Tombs and the Hall of Supreme Harmony have been restored after being left under deterring conditions following the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Restoration work of the entire Royal Palace continues until now
Imperial Tombs
The tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty Emperors are located along the Perfume River. The designs of the tombs would reflect both European and Asian influence. One of the remarkable tombs is the Minh Mang Tomb, which is shrouded in green making it a relaxing place to visit. Another impressive tomb is of Emperor Tu Doc who belong to the fourth generation and reigned the longest, while the famed tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is the best preserved tomb, presenting a fusion of traditional Vietnamese and Baroque design(Thé Mieu)>and Worship of the Nine Nguyen Lords;(Thai Mieu) are also worth of visit
Thien Mu Pagoda
The pagoda is considered the most beautiful among religious buildings and noted as Vietnam's oldest. The seven-tier tower with octagonal enclave reflects Chinese culture with Zen temple features. It is said that the pagoda was built after a celestial maiden appeared in 1601. The temple is also the site where a priest decided to self-immolate in protest to the government of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War
Hue Royal Cuisine
Located at the Hue Imperial City, the Royal Palace Cuisine is famed for its delicate taste and for the art of carving fruits and vegetables, transforming dishes with such stunning presentations. Try listening to music and feasting with Hue court cuisine thru the various restaurants situated at the Perfume River. Experience in the city the everyday life of the emperor
Dong Ba Market
Located just at the Royal Palace ruins, the Dong Ba Market is the biggest market in Hue. The market is well-loved by the locals even in the old days. The market is filled with vibrant people and offers unique items to choose from

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