Where are Vinh Moc tunnels ?
Vinh Moc tunnels are located Vinh Moc village, Vinh Thach commune, Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province. During the Vietnam War, this tunnel system is so complex and play an important role in strategic military on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
(Vinh Moc tunnels – DMZ tour Hue -Hue DMZ tour)
When was it built ?
The first tunnels were appeared in Vietnam since 1947 in Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City. Then, in the 1960s, had appeared in the Cu Chi tunnels system spread across 5 communes. In late 1963, Mr. Tran Nam Trung who from the Central Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam in South Vietnam on the way to the North, visited the combat area in Vinh Linh. After observing the terrain, geology here, he suggests should dig tunnels of Vinh Linh as in Cu Chi. Through the directive of Vinh Linh district commissioner, the chief police armed Le Xuan Vy with 140 people showed unit commanders and the local population quickly dig tunnels. The work was started from scratch in 1965 and was completed on 18 May 02 1966.
The life under the ground
To ensure that hundreds of people dining, accommodation, living safe, convenient, along the tunnel they built a lot of apartments, each apartment is enough room for three to four people. Under the tunnel system has three wells, a hall (with a capacity of 50 people), clinics, maternity homes, surgical station, Hoang Cam stove, rice warehouse, station phone, headquarters of the Party Committee, People’s Committee and Military Command…
(Live in Vinh Moc tunnel in the Vietnam war -DMZ tour Hue -Hue DMZ tour)
Life under dimly lit tunnels, humid in winter, hot in summer, no sanitation, virtually unsure about the health such as parasites, silver skin and bone disease. Normal life has existed for years in the ground with the full concept of life like education, recreation, love, born and entertainment …
The tunnels where people stayed in the war years of fierce, the largest at about 1,200 people live. For nearly 2,000 days and nights exist, inside tunnels no one was injured and there were 17 babies born, It shows us the fully the value and significance of the Vinh Moc Tunnels.