The geopark promotes itself in the Ly Son Culture Tourism Week

Wednesday - 03/10/2018 06:35
Taking parts in the occasion of the Ly Son Culture and Tourism Week, starting on 29 June till 3 July 2018 on Ly Son island, Ly Son Geopark reserves one booth to display 15 geological specimen collected from different geosites in the proposed geopark territory. The exhibition aims to introduce basic understanding of geological heritage values of Quang Ngai to wider communities and tourists.

In addition to geoheritage, the aspiring geopark also provides a brief introduction of its activities so far through 20 photos. These photos review various survey trips, community education campaigns, meetings and networking activities undertaken from the startup in 2016 till now.

The Ly Son Culture and Tourism Week, the first ever event held in the island, delivers different interesting programs to tourists from exhibitions, boats racing, discovery festival for backpackers, national record of 3,000 persons singing the national anthem on the beach, folk music performance and night markets.

The exhibition is split into four themes, including the history development of Ly Son island, daily activities and protecting the sovereignty of Ly Son people, Ly Son on the modernization era and Ly Son geopark heritages. The exhibition also calls the participation of coastal districts of Quang Ngai Province and neighboring Phu Yen Province with their typical products.

Ly Son island covers an area of only 10km2 with about 24,000 residents on two islets but is home to rich heritage values. With extensive volcanic activities in the Quaternary, five craters are observed on the island with lots of volcanic products now being used for farming production. The island is intensively distributed with cultural artifacts and archaeological relics from Sa Huynh Culture as early as 2,500 years ago, then Champa few centuries ago and Great Viet people in recent time.

Lots of sovereignty protecting activities on this offshore island back few hundred years are still practiced today. A temple dedicated to dead soldiers remains a holy destination to local residents.

With abundant valuable geological and cultural heritage, it would take time to study. Being one of the critical geosites of the aspiring geopark, as the new tourism season starts with almost 1,000 tourists visiting the island daily, it is deemed a good chance to bringing the geological and cultural heritage values to their attention.
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