Con Moong Cave

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Location: South of Mo village, Tlianh Yen commune, Thaih Thanh district, Thanh Hoa province. In the area of Cuc Phuong National Park.
Open: not yet open.
Fee: not yet open.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: n/a
Guided tours:  
Address: Con Moong Cave, Cuc Phuong National Park, Tel: +84-30-848006, Fax: +84-30-848052. E-mail: contact
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1974 cave discovered by archaeologists.
1976 cave excavated.


Con Moong Cave is not really a tourist site, at least not at the moment. But this may change soon. There are plans to submit the site to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This would create international attention and growing tourism. The main idea is of course, that funding from the UNESCO would protect the unique historical and scientific value and encourage more study of the site. The Archaeological Institute is submitting a preliminary dossier in JUN-2008 and will omplete its scientific dossier in JUN-2009. This will be part of the submission to the UNESCO.

The Con Moong Cave contains sedimentary layers preserving evidence of human evolution from the Palaeolithic Era to the Neolithic Era. This equals the development of humankind from hunter-gathers to farmers. The cave provided shelter to the people of three separate prehistoric cultures: the Son Vi, the Hoa Binh and the Bac Son. This cave is a key for the understanding of Vietnam and South East Asia prehistory.

Con Moong means Cave of the Beast in the language of the Muong people, who make up 99% of the local population. The cave has two entrances, who look like two gaping mouths, which gives the rock the look of an animal head, hence the name. The cave is rather small, but dry and airy. The archaeologic area has a size of about 100m² and cave is 30m wide and some 10m high.

Con Moong Cave is located in Cuc Phuong National Park, which has many karst features and caves. Several caves are open to park visitors, but they are not developed except for probably a ladder in steep parts. Cave visits require a permit, sufficient equipment including helmet and light, and if possible a guide.