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“Kong: Skull Island” film set in Ninh Binh removed to preserve heritages

Updated at Monday, 23 Sep 2019, 15:57
The Hanoitimes - The filming location was set up at the Trang An Eco-tourism Complex, which inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The film set of the Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”, which was established in Ninh Binh in 2017, has been recently removed to preserve the local heritages including Trang An, the world heritage site, according to the recommendation of UNESCO. 
 
Corner of the backdrop of "Kong: Skull Island" in Ninh Binh. Photo: Luong Thu Huong.
Corner of the backdrop of "Kong: Skull Island" in Ninh Binh. Photo: Luong Thu Huong.
The filming location set up at the Trang An Eco-tourism Complex, which inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomed thousands of domestic and foreign visitors and became one of the tourism spotlights in Ninh Binh province. 

However, the dismantling of the filming set reached a high consensus of public and travel lovers as the film set had no cultural and historical values as well as unfit the landscapes. 

On the other hand, Ninh Binh province should exploit and promote its existing strength in terms of history, culture and natural beauty to develop local tourism, said tourism experts. 

A number of travel agencies said that the removal of the film set will not affect their business and so far tours to Ninh Binh province have been fully booked. 

Over the past years, Ninh Binh witnessed an impressive growth of the number of tourist arrivals. In 2018, the province welcomed over 7.3 million visitors, up 46% against 2017, generating around VND3.2 trillion (US$137.7 million). 

The number of visitors to Ninh Binh in the first seven months of 2019 was 5.8 million, up 2.1% year-on-year. 

Besides being the filming location of the blockbuster, Ninh Binh is famous for several enthralling landscapes including Trang An, Tam Coc grottoes, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bai Dinh pagoda, Am Tien Cave, Van Long wetland, and Cuc Phuong National Park, among others. 
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