VN has third global geopark
11:44 | 26/11/2020
VGP – The Dak Nong provincial People’s Committee held a ceremony on November 24 to receive title of UNESCO Global Geopark for the Dak Nong Geopark and launch the second Viet Nam Brocade Culture Festival.  

Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Việt Nam, Michael Croft (left) and representatives of the  Dak Nong Provincial People Committee seen at the granting ceremony of "Global Geopark" for the Dak Nong Geopark, Dak Nong, November 24, 2020  

Covering more than 4,700sq.m or two-fifths of Dak Nong Province’s land area, the geopark is the third UNESCO-recognized Global Geopark in Viet Nam after Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark in Ha Giang Province and Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang province, both in northern Viet Nam.

The newly-recognized global geopark stretches over six of eight districts of the province, namely the districts of Krong No, Cư Jut, Đak Mil, Đak Song, Đak G’Long, and Gia Nghia Town.

The geopark is located on the M’Nong plateau at average elevation of 600-700m, the Geopark - the Land of Sounds - includes some 65 heritage sites including craters, a system of 50 caves created by volcanoes running a total length of 10,000m and waterfalls.

Archaeologists have discovered interesting features of natural geology and traces of early humans. 

A population of 416,000 people of 40 ethnic groups, including three autochthonous, live in the area, working mostly in agro-forestry, trade and services, and small industries. 

Visiting the region, tourists can enjoy Central Highlands gong culture, which has been recognized by the UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. They also can learn about the culture of local Mơ Nông people – the oldest ethnic group in Đắk Nông as well as the centuries-old stone music instruments made by ancient people.

Speaking at the ceremony, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, Michael Croft said the distinctive features of the Dak Nong Geopark are the majestic natural beauty and unique culture of local people.

The UNESCO official stressed that these important features need to be preserved and protected and be linked with other tourism and economic activities.

UNESCO will work closely to make the most of the Dak Nong Geopark’s tourism potential, said Mr. Michael Croft.

Ta Dung lake in Dak Som commune, Dak G’Long district, Dak Nong province, is dubbed as ‘Ha Long Bay of the Highlands’ (Photo VNA)

Nam Nung Nature Reserve spreads over seven communes in three districts of Dak Nong province, namely Dak G’long, Dak Song and Krong No (Photo VNA)

Truot waterfall, a natural beauty destination in Ta Dung National Park (Photo VNA)

C7 crater cave, Dak Nong Geological Park (Photo VNA)

A gong performance by the M’Nong people, the oldest indigenous people in Dak Nong province (Photo VNA)

By Kim Anh 

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