A cave in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh has been recognized by the Asia Book of Records for having “the most unique and magnificent system of stalactites and stalagmites” in Asia.
Thien Duong, literally meaning “heaven”, cave, located within the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National was given the record during a ceremony to kick off the Quang Binh Cave Festival in 2019 in the provincial capital of Dong Hoi on Saturday.
Asia Book of Records, affiliated to World Record University, is a record organization based in New Delhi, India.
Thien Duong Cave, a familiar name for domestic and foreign tourists, is located in primeval forests at an altitude of 360 kilometers above sea level and 60 kilometers to the northwest of Dong Hoi.
Thien Duong is a dry cavern, so unlike the famous Phong Nha Cave located in the same national park, it does not have a subterranean river system.
The 31.4 kilometer grotto was first discovered by the Royal Society of British Caves in 2005 and officially started welcoming tourists in 2010.
It is divided into many compartments with the most spacious one being up to 150 meters wide and 100 meters high.
|Inside Thien Duong Cave. Photo: Supplied
With the spectacular natural beauty, Thien Duong cave has been awarded two records by the Vietnam Record Organization for being the long dry cave with the most unique challenge system in Vietnam and cave with the longest wooden bridge in Vietnam.
Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO recognized World Heritage site, is a key tourism venue of Vietnam.
Quang Binh is dubbed the "kingdom of caves" and it is also home to the world-renowned Son Doong cave.
Son Doong is accredited as the world’s largest and most beautiful natural cave by the World Records Union and the World Records Association, for the great number of world-famous caves the province is home to.
|Asia Book of Records' certificate recognizing Thien Duong Cave . Photo: supplied