Lang Son Geopark Pursues an International Recognition From UNESCO

Lang Son Geopark Pursues an International Recognition From UNESCO

The People's Committee of the northern mountainous province of Lang Son has filed a request with UNESCO to recognize the Lang Son Geopark as a global geopark.

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Written by ANH Dang Updated on 24-04-2024
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Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
A panoramic view of Lang Son Geopark

The Lang Son Geopark, covering 4,842 km² in eight different areas, is one of Vietnam's largest geoparks and has distinctive attributes. It features an extensive variety of paleobiological fossils that are 500 million years old, spanning geological, geomorphological, and scenic viewpoints, which indicate that the province was once beneath the sea.

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Bac Son Valley

Additionally, the park features numerous remarkable sites, including the low mountain ranges that encircle the valleys and villages of the Yen Thinh commune in the Huu Lung district. It also features caves like Tham Khuyen in the Binh Gia district, once inhabited by prehistoric humans.

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
Karstification has created a system of magnificent limestone caves, rich in stalactites and preserved in their entirety, in the region of the Lang Son Geological Park.

Culturally, the park contains several temples dedicated to the deities of the Mother Goddess worship, an element of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, including the Bac Le temple, as well as villages of the Tày and Nùng ethnic groups, each with its own distinct customs.

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Bac Le Temple
Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Nung ethnic groups in Lang Son province

Pham Thi Huong, serving as the deputy director of the Lang Son Geopark's board, emphasized that the approach to UNESCO aims to preserve and sustainably enhance the park's geological, geomorphological, and cultural aspects.

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Dong Lam steppe in Lang Son province

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO

At present, Vietnam boasts three global geoparks: the Dong Van limestone plateau (acknowledged in 2010) situated in Hà Giang province; the Cao Bang geopark (2018) located in Cao Bang province; and the Dak Nong geopark (2020) positioned in Dak Nong province.

Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Dong Van limestone plateau in Ha Giang province 
Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang Province
Lang Son Geopark, UNESCO
The Dak Nông Geopark in the province of Dak Nông

 


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