Vietnam - The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

"The Thang Long Imperial Citadel has become the 900th site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Hanoi is the site of "Thang Long" is old imperial capital of Vietnam. I visited this wonderful riverside city with strong Chinese, French and Vietnamese influenced architecture. Has many lakes that become a popular backpacker destination. The flag tower is where the old imperial city of Thang Long is located. I bought this postcard interestingly in Penang, not Vietnam. Then, I got this same postcard sent from Vietnam thanks to Jo. "Cam On" - thank you so much.




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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi, Vietnam. I bought this postcard in Vietnam in October 2018.

Vietnam - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

"The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Palaeozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geomorphic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers.” 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Han Tien grotto of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Year of Ox stamp used. Thanks so much to Tayet of Vietnam.






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Son Doong Cave - the world's largest cave in Quanbinh. I bought this postcard in Vietnam in October 2018.


Vietnam - Complex of Hué Monuments

"Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty" 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Khai Dinh Tomb of Hue Complex. Postmarked January 3, 2011 in Hanoi and arrive in Penang on January 14, 2011. Two nice bird stamps. Thanks to Jo who is staying Vietnam and visited Hue.






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School girls passing through one of the Imperial Gates in Hue. Thanks to YL who visiting Vietnam.




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Hiem Lam Palace of Hue, Vietnam. Great Year of Tiger stamp used. Thanks to Jo who is in Hanoi, Vietnam.






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Thien Mu Pagoda of Hue - the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. "Xin Chao" greetings from DAO of UK who was visiting. Nice stamps including a UNESCO stamp and a durian fruit stamp. DAO, thanks so much in Vietnamese "Cam On".






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Phuoc Duyen Tower at Thien Mu Pagoda. Thanks to sender who visited Vietnam and mailed this postcard from Cork, Ireland.





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Reverend Thich Don Hau's tomb, Chua Thein Mu, Hue. I visited the Thein Mu Pagoda complexs in Hue and mailed this postcard to myself from Hue main post office on October 18, 2018 - it arrived quickly as I received in Penang Island on November 1, 2018.






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Stone columns with dragons carved at the Palace Corridor of Supreme Harmony Hall Throne. I visited this hall in October 2018.


Vietnam - Hoi An Ancient Town

"Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Annual floods in Hoi An. Thanks to Jo for mailing from Vietnam.





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Beautiful postcard of Hoi An with nice orchid stamp. Thanks to Aletta who is currently in Vietnam.







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Shaped postcard of the famous Japanese Bridge in Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.




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Shaped postcard of the famous lanterns of Hoi-An. I bought this postcard in Hoi-An in October 2018.


Vietnam - My Son Sanctuary

"Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.” 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Thanks to Jo who is working in Vietnam.







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Tourists viewing My Son. Thanks to YL who visited Vietnam. Took this postcard with me to Vietnam when I visited My Son and had it cancelled with a My Son themed stamp in October 2018.





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Shaped postcard of My Son. I visited My Son in October 2018.






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Took a half day trip from Hoi-An to visit My Son. Postcard was bought in Hoi-An and cancelled at Hoi-An using My Son stamps that I bought in a souvenir shop. The post office at My Son entrance was locked and closed.

Vietnam - Ha Long Bay

"Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Bai Tu Long Bay of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Thanks to Mu of Vietnam.






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Great view of Ha Long Bay. Thanks to YL who was visiting Vietnam.




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Beautiful postcard of Halong Bay, North Vietnam. Bring back fond memories of my boat day and overnight cruise there. Thanks so much to Michael of South Africa for this cool postcard.






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This is my first postcard from Vietnam. I had visited Vietnam before I started postcard collecting. A big thank you (cam on) to WP from Malaysia who was working in Hanoi for sending me this great postcard.





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Shaped postcard of Halong Bay. Bought postcard, stamp and cancelled in Hoi-An, Vietnam.

Nigeria - Sukur Cultural Landscape

"The Sukur Cultural Landscape, with the Palace of the Hidi (Chief) on a hill dominating the villages below, the terraced fields and their sacred symbols, and the extensive remains of a former flourishing iron industry, is a remarkably intact physical expression of a society and its spiritual and material culture." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Sukur Cultural Landscape. Thanks to Chen of China for this blank postcard which is not printed in country of origin.