Dak Nong Geopark, third UNESCO-recognized geopark in Vietnam

13:00 | 14/09/2020 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Covering more than 4,700 square kilometers or two-fifths of the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, the Dak Nong Geopark was recently recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam
dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam

It is the third Vietnamese geopark recognized by the UN agency after the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark in Ha Giang Province and Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang Province, both in northern Vietnam. It stretches over Krong No, Cu Jut, Dak Mil, Dak Song and Dak G’Long districts, and Gia Nghia Town in Dak Nong Province.

The park is distinctive in terms of geological features and geoheritage, and includes conserved archaeological, historical and cultural relics.

It also hosts festivals celebrated by ethnic cultures, in particular the UNESCO “Gong Culture Space” intangible heritage, including man’s oldest lithophone musical instrument, also contribute to the values of the geopark.

dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam
dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam

Tourists can visit the cave system running inside a basal rock mountain, which starts from Krong No District and is the longest volcano cave system in Southeast Asia.

There are also attractions like the primitive natural landscapes of volcano Bang Mo (in Cu Jut District) and volcano Nam Gleh R’luh (Dak Mil District), the ethnic minority cultures of E-de and M’Nong groups, Ta Dung National Park, and Ta Dung Lake.

The UNESCO Program and External Relations Commission of the 209th Executive Board recognized the Dak Nong Geopark in July 2020.

dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam
dak nong geopark third unesco recognized geopark in vietnam

Pham Tiep