Cu Chi Tunnels seek UNESCO’s recognition as world heritage hinh anh 1Cu Chi Tunnels (Photo:  Pakhnyushchyy)

HCM City (VNA) – The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has sent a document to the Defence Ministry to seek its advice on compilation of relevant dossiers about the historic Cu Chi Tunnels as the city is striving to gain UNESCO’s recognition of the tunnels as a world heritage site.

According to the committee, the historic relic site is a well-preserved military work that meets a number of criteria, such as possessing outstanding global value, integrity, and authenticity according to the guidelines relating to the World Heritage Convention adopted by UNESCO.

The Cu Chi Tunnels, which are located in Phu My Hung commune of Cu Chi district, stretch a total length of over 250 km. They were dug with simple tools and bare hands in the 1940s, during the French occupation. The main axis system has a host of branches leading to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels.

The site was recognised as special national relic site in December 2015, due to its historical, cultural, scientific, aesthetic, and creative values.

Furthermore, the area represents one of the typical revolutionary bases that was of great significance during the struggle for national reunification in the war against US imperialists./.