In May of this year Vietnam will see ten records officially recognised by the Asian Records Council, reported the Vietnam Records Centre on Feb. 20.

The first record is for the biggest bronze pagoda in Asia, which sits on the top of Yen Tu mountain in the northern province of Quang Ninh. The 70 tonne pagoda was restored in June 2006.

The second is for the longest lobby with 500 Arhat statues at the Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

The third, also at the pagoda, the 100 tonne bronze gold-inlaid statute of Sakyamuni is now recognised.

The fourth record is the biggest Jesus Christ statute on the top of Tao Phung mountain in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau.

The fifth record goes to Con Dao prison relic site, also known as “tiger cage”, in Phong Nha – Ke Bang as world natural heritage in the central province of Quang Binh.

Sixth is Thien Duong (Paradise) cave which is recognised as the longest dry cave, in Ke Bang national heritage park.

The other records are the Cu Chi tunnels near HCM City as the longest. The longest sea-crossing cable system is now in the Vinpearl resort, Nha Trang, and the oldest and largest weapons museum is in Ba Ria –Vung Tau province.

Noteworthy is a little blind boy named Bui Ngoc Thinh, 12, from the central province of Khanh Hoa, who has mastered many musical instruments, including the two-cord fiddle, the organ, guitar and drums.-VNA