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Vietnam has just released a set of stamps depicting the beauty of UNESCO-recognized Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and its related festive activities, according to newswire Vietnamplus. 

The assemblage, “Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex – The World Heritage Site,” was introduced at a ceremony to receive a certificate from UNESCO that certifies it as a natural and cultural heritage site on Friday. 

Located in Ninh Binh Province in northern Vietnam, the complex was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in June 2014. It was the country’s first site to be acknowledged as a mixed natural and cultural property.

The new stamps, created by artists Nguyen Du and Do Lenh Tuan and released by the state-owned Vietnam Post, measure 62mm x 24mm each.
   Hang Toi (Dark Cave) in Trang An. Photo: Vietnam Post
  Hang Toi (Dark Cave) in Trang An. Photo: Vietnam Post

They depict the grandeur of the complex’s Tam Coc-Bich Dong grottos and Toi (Dark) Cave, as well as the tranquility and gorgeousness of its scenic highlights such as Ngo Dong River and scores of pagodas and temples.
A stamp design featuring Ngo Dong River. Photo: Vietnam Post
A stamp design featuring Ngo Dong River. Photo: Vietnam Post

The stamps boast images which vividly conjure up traditional festive activities and rituals including processions to bring water to the temple to King Dinh Tien Hoang (924 – 979), and ceremonial offerings.
A stamp design that features the temple to Kinh Dinh Tien Hoang (924 – 979). Photo: Vietnam Post
A stamp design that features the temple to Kinh Dinh Tien Hoang (924 – 979). Photo: Vietnam Post

The items also highlight the complex’s immense geological value, interaction between humans and the environs, and locals’ adaption to climate change and terrain.
The stamps are to be available on the market from Friday to December 31, 2016.
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh, which has been recognized as a mixed natural and cultural heritage site by UNESCO. Photo: Vietnam Post
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh, which has been recognized as a mixed natural and cultural heritage site by UNESCO. Photo: Vietnam Post

Other activities to celebrate the reception of the UNESCO certificate include an exhibition which features a slew of ancient antiques and archives.

The exhibition closes on Saturday.

Panasonic Vietnam on Friday launch a tree growing ceremony to boost public awareness of environmental protection and safeguard Trang An’s unrivalled scenery and geological value.

Under the tree planting project, over 30,000 saplings will be grown as the complex’s protective contour.
The company also organized an environmental education program and offered diverse ecological experiences, including recycling bottles into pen cases and installing solar energy bikes for 100 school students who reside in the Trang An heritage site’s core area.

Nestled on the southern edge of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a resplendent complex of limestone karst peaks which are permeated with valleys, including submerged ones, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.

Archaeological traces of human activity dating back almost 30,000 years have been found within the complex.

The Trang An complex boasts several locally-recognized sites like the Trang An ecotourism site, Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda, which is the largest of its kind in the country, and Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s capital in the 10th and 11th centuries.

The area is also home to temples, pagodas, paddy fields, villages, and other sacred sites. It has around 500 species of flora, 73 species of birds and 41 species of other animals, and is renowned for its diverse ecosystem, unique natural beauty and geological characteristics.

In May 2012, Trang An was recognized as a national heritage site, and four months later, the culture ministry submitted a dossier on the complex to UNESCO for its recognition as a World Heritage Site.
Source: Tuoitre news

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