During the preparation of the document, the consultant selected three pile yards – Yen Giang, Dong Van Muoi, and Dong Ma Ngua – in the Bach Dang historical relic area (Quang Yen township, Quang Ninh province) to be included in the list of 32 relic sites in the dossier.

The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscapes is made up of four distinct clusters of special national historical relics, including the Yen Tu historical relic and landscape area located in Uong Bi city of Quang Ninh province, the Tran Dynasty historical relic area situated in Dong Trieu township of Quang Ninh, the Tay (Western) Yen Tu relic and landscape area located in Bac Giang, and the Con Son – Kiep Bac complex located in Hai Duong.

A vast number of relics and landscapes in the complex have been recognized as having provincial or national importance. These include historical artifacts, architectural-artistic relics, archaeological relics, and scenic landscapes.

These sites boast a harmonious blend of natural landscapes and architectural structures with immense historical and cultural significance. As evidenced by its status as the birthplace of Truc Lam – the Vietnamese Zen Buddhism, founded by King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258 – 1308) – and its association with the formation and development of the Tran Dynasty (1225 – 1400), this complex holds immense historical and cultural significance.

Previously, the Prime Minister assigned the People’s Committees of the provinces and related agencies to compile a dossier seeking the UNESCO-recognised world culture heritage status for the Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscapes.

The localities have drastically implemented related affairs, including establishing a Steering Committee and a Working Group for preparing the dossier. Numerous meetings and scientific workshops have been held to elucidate the values of global importance associated with this complex.

Notably, Quang Ninh province’s authorities had working sessions with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UNESCO Office in Vietnam, and the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in March this year to consult and comment on the dossier.

The initial nomination dossier with 17 clusters of relics and 32 relics has been completed. The document, which is 2,000 pages long and written in both Vietnamese and English, is accompanied by hundreds of maps, simulation drawings, photos, and clips illustrating the historical, cultural, architectural values, intangible and tangible heritages, as well as overall management plans of the three localities.

The People’s Committees of the three neighbouring provinces signed a commitment to collaborate and finalize the initial nomination dossier for submission to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism by July 30, 2023.