Hanoi (VNA) – An ancient stone stream has been discovered in Ia Phi commune, Ia Ly township, Chu Pah district
in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Ia Ruai stream flows through many villages in Ia Ly township before running into
the reservoir of the Ia Ly Hydropower Plant.

On a section to Van village of Ia Ly town which is about 1km long, there is an
exposed rocky outcrop, concentrating at two points located about 30 metres

The two sides of the stream, believed to date back over 100 million years ago, are similar hexagonal stone blocks, arranging close
together into large and solid blocks which are similar to the rocks at Ganh Da
Dia (Reef of Plates) – a special national relic site in Phu Yen province.

Ha Thi Thuy, a tourist from Pleiku City, said she knew about the stream through
social network.

On the weekend, she took her family to Ia Ruai stream and was surprised to see
that it was similar to Ganh Da Dia tourist site in Phu Yen.  She liked the stream very much and has
recommended it to her friends so that they could admire the unique natural
beauty of this rock stream.

to Chu Pah district’s Culture and Information Division, Ia Ruai stream is a potential tourist destination that needs to be protected and retained in its
current state. Thus, it suggested the district People’s Committee upgrade
the road leading to the stone stream and plant Shunshine trees (Cassia
splendida Vogel) along the roads to provide shade for tourists. 

Nguyen Quang Tue, head of Heritage Management Division under the Department of
Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai province, said that the ancient rock
stream need to be protected and kept the status quo as it has high potential
for becoming a tourist destination.

The provincial department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will continue to
survey to develop a plan for tourism development and  compile a dossier of request for recognising
it as a national relic site in the near future, he said./.