Vinh Moc Tunnels – A typical construction of the tunnel village in Quang Tri, Vietnam

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Vinh Moc (Vinh Linh, Quang Tri, Vietnam) is a village located on a basaltic-soil hill by the sea. It is about 14 kilometers from Ho Xa town to the East and about 6 kilometers from Cua Tung to the North.

During the fight against American for the national reunification, Vinh Moc was not only the front of the North but also the food storage place and supplier for Con Co Island. This island gets a strategic location for the protection of Vinh Linh (28 kilometers from Vinh Moc).

Vinh Moc Tunnels Vinh Moc Tunnels – Photo Vietnamdrive

How are Vinh Moc tunnels?

Originally, this system got three main tunnels: the tunnels of the border-guard force 140, the tunnel of the Vinh Moc guerrillas and the tunnels of the Son Ha guerillas. Then due to the mission for fights and cooperation, the three tunnels were connected to be one big inter-linked system. The system is 1701 meters long with 13 entrances and exit (7 to the sea and 6 to the top of the hill).

Originally, this system got three main tunnels: the tunnels of the border-guard force 140, the tunnel of the Vinh Moc guerrillas and the tunnels of the Son Ha guerillas. Then due to the mission for fights and cooperation, the three tunnels were connected to be one big inter-linked system. The system is 1701 meters long with 13 entrances and exit (7 to the sea and 6 to the top of the hill).

For safety and long usage, the architecture of the tunnels is rather properly scientific. Along the tunnels, there are shelters for families of 2-4 people. The floor of the tunnels was done in a slope of 2-3’ for water drainage. The whole tunnel system consists of 3 floors connected by the main tunnel (the 1st floor is 8-10 meters deep; the 2nd floor is 12-15 meters deep and the 3rd floor is 23 meters deep).

under ground Vinh M oc Tunnels Inside Vinh Moc Tunnels – Photo Vietnamdrive

On addition, in the tunnels, there is the meeting hall (for about 60 people for meeting and move showing), the operating room, Hoang Cam kitchen, food storehouse, the telephone post especially this tunnel witnesses births of 17 babies.

This mobilized all the efforts and minds of people and military force of Vinh Moc and the border-guard force 140. They silently dug and move more than 6000m3 of soil and rock within more than 18.000 labor days.

In 2000 days and nights in the tunnels, the miracles of people here were brightened. They did not passively suffer the bombing. They organized to fight against the enemy, to transport supplies of food, ammunitions, medicine and rescue injuries. Especially they organized hundreds of death-braving boats bringing supplies to Con Co Island under the range of bomb and artillery. Con Co stood firmly and was awarded two heroic rewards by the Government partly thanks to the precious contribution from people and the tunnels of Vinh Moc.

inside Vinh Moc Tunnels Vinh Moc Tunnels – Vietnamdrive

In 1976, the Ministry of Culture and Communication approved that Vinh Moc tunnels are the national remains and put in the list of special importance. Local authorities and relevant agencies have maintained and restored the tunnels for its value. More and more tourists from the whole country and foreign countries come here to admire the miraculous symbol.

Thousands of thoughts and notes show the admiration of visitors to the strong will and talents of Vietnamese people. At the present, this is an important tourist site in the famous tour D.M.Z the Vinh Moc village tunnels will remain forever the place to educate future generations the patriotism and an attracting site to visitors.
Quang Tri Management Board of relics and tourist sights

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