Yesteryear in Ha Long Bay through a Foreign Lens

On his trip to Ha Long Bay, German engineer Günter Mosler captured lasting images of the amazing scenery Vietnam has to offer and plenty of photographs of food, friends, and fun times.

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Expats and tourists visit Vietnam and leave with happy memories kept in photographs recording their time spent here. German engineer Günter Mosler is one of them.

On his trip to Ha Long Bay, this expat captured lasting images of the amazing scenery Vietnam has to offer and plenty of photographs of food, friends and fun times.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
The German engineer and his wife took a photo at what would later become a World Natural Heritage site. Photo: Günter Mosler

In 1973-1974, on his business trip in Vietnam, he captured his times with his family and friends spent in Ha Long Bay.

As a UNESCO heritage site, Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist attractions.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A Ger Günter Mosler and his wife rested on their way to Quang Ninh. Photo: Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
Thousands of islands and islets rise from the sea appeared in the film photo. Photo:Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A young man and an old man on a boat with a red sail. Photo:Günter Mosler

The scene at Hon Gai ferry terminal through the lens of a German engineer appeared with a vintage yellow tone due to the sunny weather. In the Ha Long visit, the foreign couple spent time exploring the islands, the beach and communicating with the locals.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
Mr. Günter Mosler at Hon Gai fishing port. Photo:Günter Mosler

The villagers who wish to keep continuing their job on the sea are allowed to come back. Some work on aquaculture farm and others provide service for tourists. Traditional floating houses still remain as a cultural site for visitors.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
Fishing village on Ha Long Bay. Photo: Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A simple sailboat in the middle of the waves of Ha Long . Photo:Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A family on a boat. Photo:Günter Mosler

Ha Long Bay harbors natural phenomena, divine mythical legend, hence the fishermen in this area has formed many fishing rituals to make sure their work go smoothly.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
Photo:Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A corner of Ha Long. Photo: Günter Mosler

The seascape that features jade green emerald waters and limestone towers is actually over 500 million years old. The bay is sculptured by tectonic movement, not volcanic activity as many have been mistaken.

Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
Fishing boats at night. Photo:Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
On the path by the bay. Photo: Günter Mosler
Yesteryear in Ha long Bay through Lenses of Foreign Tourists
A group of experts from the German Democratic Republic and Vietnamese friends in Hon Gai town. Photo: Günter Mosler

Ha Long Bay has gained lots of awards and recognition for its outstanding values. In 1962 the ministry of National sports, culture of and tourism Vietnam designated Ha Long Bay as Renowned National Landscape Monument. In 2011, World Monument Funds included Ha Long Bay in its list of 2012 Worlds Monument Watch. In 1994, UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as World Heritage Site as it “contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance” (UNECSO).

In 2012, the second time Ha Long bay was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its geological and geomorphological value.

Ha Long Bay is an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth’s history, including many tourists coming to Vietnam.

Zoey Nguyễn