Located 490 m above sea level, the Hai Van Gate holds profound historical, architectural and artistic value. It connects Da Nang City with Thua Thien-Hue province in the central region. Structures include fortifications, store houses, and cannon forts. A recent excavation of the Hai Van Gate relic complex unveiled the layout of the old citadel walls and a section of the north-south route.
“The Hai Van Gate’s position was of strategic importance to national defense during the Nguyen dynasty. It helped protect the Hue imperial city, which has been recognized as a world heritage. Accommodations for tourists need to be built while infrastructure should be upgraded to support tourism development,” said Dr. Do Bang, President of Thua Thien-Hue Historical Sciences Association.
From the Hai Van Gate, there is a magnificent view of the mountain pass and Da Nang city.
“More and more visitors are coming to see the Hai Van Gate, particularly Europeans. In the past, most visitors were Chinese or Korean. I’m glad this site has become a magnet for tourists worldwide,” said Lai Thanh Ha, who has been living at the top of the Hai Van Pass for 30 years.
The Hai Van Gate attracted more than 320,000 visitors last year.
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