The historical area of Go Thap in Thap Muoi district, the southern province of Dong Thap, was pronounced special national heritage on December 26.

Discovered at the end of the 19th century by French researchers, the area once belonged to the Oc Eo Culture, which dates back 1,500 years.

Go Thap has lured countless Vietnamese and foreign archaeologists to research its rare steles and ancient architecture, including sophisticated wooden sculptures and funerary relics.

Located in the centre of the vast Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds), the area is also notable for its beautiful natural landscapes.

Local authorities plan to preserve the 300-ha area for studying and tourism purposes.-VNA