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Vietnam-DMZ – 17th latitude zone


Quang Tri is a land in the central area of the country and is home to some of the most desirable places to visit but not many people know about. This place is also the place of many memories of Vietnam war in the area of the 17th latitude – where once divided Vietnam’s two regions in the war. DMZ means Demilitarized Zone.

After the Geneva Accords were signed in 1954, the restoration of peace in Indochina, Vietnam was divided temporary into two parts at the 17th parallel, at Hien Luong Bridge crossing the Ben Hai River (Vinh Thanh Commune, Vinh Linh, Quang Tri).


Geneva Accords

Under the Agreement, the demilitarized zone of the 17th latitude (Vietnam Demilitarized Zone – V-DMZ) was established under international supervision, so that after the general election in 1956, the temporary area will be deleted. Tour to Vietnam for visitors who love to learn about Vietnam history cannot ignore this area.

After the Demilitarized Zone – DMZ was established, from the dividing line in the middle of the Hien Luong Bridge, each side held a bridgehead under the supervision of an international expert. In theory, the DMZ is 1.6 km (one mile) from each side, from the banks of the Ben Hai River, starting from the Vietnam-Laos border to the coast.


Hien Luong bridge from above

After Ngo Dinh Diem formed the South Vietnamese government with all-sided military support from the United States, the DMZ – war without guns happened with loudspeakers or race on the height of the flagpole.

The construction works of the north of Hien Luong bridge to confirm the growth and independence of Vietnam, calling for the unification of two regions. Since 1966, at the northern side of the bridge has been built a tall welcome gate, in contrast to the wooden gates on the other side.

On the shore of Hien Luong Bridge – Ben Hai river years separated, only a short distance apart, a river is only about 100 meters wide, but many families have to live separated without the opportunity to be reunited. For people in Vinh Linh, Quang Tri, this is just a separation in the family, but for the country, the Vietnamese people, it is too painful, as the bowel is divided into two. During the fierce war years, the people of the two sides only looked to the shore, see the red flag flying over the flagpole and cry. But in the separatist scene, we strengthened our determination to expel invaders.


Ancient picture of the bridge

At that time, people in the two regions contain a belief and aspirations, only two years after the general election, North-South will be unified. While the north side obeys all the terms of the signed agreement, the South Government, backed by the United States, determined to turn the South into a new colony and split our country.

The war years fierce, the coast of Hien Luong – Ben Hai place the hard battle between the army and the people of the North with the South. In particular, there are “flag” battles that last 1,440 days and nights. At times, can not fight with our flag, the United States was sprayed bombs to collapse, tearing the flag of the north. Only from 5/1956 to 10/1967, 267 flags were hung respectively on Hien Luong bridge. The statue of Diem mother and the national flag was restored at the gallery. During the war, when the national flag was torn, she stayed the whole night to patch the flag so that the flag forever fly on the Northside.

Historical vestiges of Ben Tat Bridge, a destination for DMZ tours in Vietnam, along with memorial site has been built to pay tribute to heroes and soldiers that died to serve the country. During the war, this was an important place to transport weapons and supplies to the battlefield, located on the 17th parallel.


Ben Tat Bridge

The hamlet tunnel of Vinh Moc, a project demonstrating the resilience and strength of our troops and people. Throughout the war years, this area has become a safe haven for residents, avoiding the destruction of enemy bombs.


The entrance gate of Vinh Moc village

Tung Luat wharf, an important crossing point on Hien Luong river. In the period from 1968 to 1972, under the rain and storm of the enemy’s bullets, the force of the 771, Tung Luat militia, In total, this place has supported more than 78,000 boat trips, transported more than 2 million people and tens of thousands of weapons and supplies to the Southern battlefield.


Tung Luat wharf – a historical site

In July, prepare your Vietnam tour packages and return to the historic site, we feel how much change has come from the heroic history of this place. Walking on the historic Hien Luong bridge, watching the yellow star flag fly on the flagpole, we are strengthened by the heroes ahead and more love Vietnam.

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