Top things to do in Quang Tri
Quang Tri is in central Vietnam; connecting Vietnam, Laos and other countries in the region. Coming to Quang Tri to discover the history of the defense war that the Vietnamese people went through in the 20th century and enjoy the beauty of the forest, the sea and the island of a Central Coast region, a new journey with attractive places in Quang Tri is waiting for you to explore. Here is top 5 things to do in Quang Tri:
1. Quang Tri Ancient Citadel
One of the top things to do in Quang Tri – visit Quang Tri ancient citadel. Just 12 kilometers from the capital of Quang Tri, stands the ancient citadel of the same name which was the scene of 81 days and nights of the battle in 1972 between the US army and Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam. This place is an important testimony in this war, witness of the destruction of American forces.
King Minh Mang ordered his citizens to build the citadel wall which is 9 meters high and 12 meters wide with bricks. In the years 1809-1945, during the reign of the Nguyen dynasty, it became the political, military and economic center of this province. Since 1929, the French have built prison and turned this place into a captive place for those with opposing political views. Nowadays, the citadel is preserved as a war remnant, a graveyard without tombs and a spiritual tourist area.
2. Our lady of La Vang
La Vang is a Catholic church in central Vietnam located in La Vang village, Quang Tri Province. It was destroyed during the Vietnam war by the American bombardments in 1972: it remains today only the steeple and the wall on which it leans.
Our Lady appeared to the Vietnamese parishioners in moments of extreme misery, culminating in La Vang. La Vang is a name derived from the name of a deep forest in central Vietnam (now Quang Tri town), where there are many types of plants called La Vang (Leaves Vang). According to another explanation, La Vang is the resounding shriek of the mountains, or the screams of the people when there are wild animals. La Vang also means “crying”, asking for help from those who are persecuted.
The tradition of Our Lady of La Vang dates back to the time when Catholics were executed in Vietnam. Many people sought refuge in the rain forest of La Vang, and many became very ill. They were praying when a lady appeared, wearing the traditional Vietnamese áo dài dress and holding a child in her arms, with two angels beside her.
The people present interpreted the vision as the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus Christ. They said that Our Lady comforted them and told them to boil leaves from the trees for medicine to cure the illness.
3. Hien Luong bridge and Ben Hai river
Ben Hai River has its source from An Nam Mountain to Cua Tung Beach, about 100 km. It is the most typical river associated with Quang Tri. Hien Luong Bridge is a bridge across the Ben Hai River that divides this river in half. This bridge was built for pedestrians in 1928.
This is an important place in the history of resistance against the French colonialism of our people. The Geneva Agreement of 1954 chose the Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge as temporary military roads and until the spring of 1954, this line was officially destroyed. This is why this place plays an important role in the years of fighting for the unity of our people.
4. Cua Tung Beach
Located in Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province. At Cua Tung, near the mouth of Ben Hai River is a beautiful small beach. This beach is not long and not very big, but it has a special beauty. Its sand is smooth and silky, emerald water and light breeze blow gently throughout the year.
Cua Tung is a truly vivacious, changing color from hour to hour under sunlight. It’s romantic to go down by boat along the Ben Hai River and admire the beautiful scenery from here. From Hien Luong Bridge, the boat slid gently on the stream, among the waves, in the murmur of the wind.
5. Vinh Moc tunnels
Unlike the famed Cu Chi tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong for combat, the Vinh Moc Tunnels were bomb shelters predominantly for civilians. During bombing raids, village life carried on underground: kids attended school, women gave birth and families watched movies. The tunnels are an amazing achievement of human toil, engineering and perseverance. The Vinh Moc Tunnels are located on the coast 37 kilometres north of Dong Ha. Keep in mind that Vinh Moc isn’t the only tunnel system. It is the longest and largest, but there were 114 in Vinh Linh district, with miles of trenches connecting village to village. Vinh Moc survived the bombings but other tunnels were not so fortunate.
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