Vinh Moc Tunnels – Image courtesy of PenWar/Wikimedia Commons
Introducing the Vinh Moc Tunnels
Get an insight into how the villagers of Vinh Moc successfully escaped US bombing by venturing inside this 2km-long tunnel complex.
Constructed in several stages beginning in early 1966 until early 1972, the tunnel complex sheltered around 60 families.
Dug to a depth of 20m below the surface and spread across three levels with multiple entrances, the tunnels included ‘living rooms’ for families, a conference and performance room, a small cinema, a field hospital, maternity room, toilets and kitchens complete with elaborate systems to disperse the smoke of cooking fires. More than 17 children were born in the tunnels.
An estimated 7 tons of bombs were dropped per person living in the Vinh Moc Tunnels; or more than 9000 tons of bombs in the area.
To experience just a little of how it was like to live underground, take a guided walk through about 300m of the main tunnel that is 1.6m high by 1.2m wide, going down three stages.
Then visit the museum at the entrance to see survivors' photos, testimonies and maps of the labyrinth.
Location: The tunnels lie north of the Ben Hai River in Quang Tri (DMZ)
Hours: Summer daily 6:30am-5:30pm; winter daily 7am-5pm