At the Oc Eo - Ba The relic site (Source:

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism guides the People's Committee of An Giang province to compile a scientific dossier of the relic site in accordance with regulations.

The special national relic site of the ancient Oc Eo civilisation covers 433.2ha of land in Oc Eo township of Thoai Son district.

The Deputy Prime Minister assigned the People's Committee of An Giang province to coordinate with relevant agencies and units to step by step develop a dossier of nomination for the Oc Eo - Ba The archaeological relic site, and submit it to UNESCO for consideration and recognition as a World Heritage in accordance with the provisions of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the law on cultural heritage.

The Oc Eo civilisation, part of the ancient kingdom of Phu Nam, was first discovered by French archaeologist Louis Malleretin in 1942 via artefacts unearthed in the area of Ba The Mountain, now in Oc Eo township, reported VNA.

The civilisation, named after Oc Eo Mound in Thoai Son district where the relic site was first found, took shape and developed strongly in southern Vietnam between the first and seventh century.

Apart from Thoai Son, relics of the Oc Eo civilisation have also been found in other localities of An Giang province. There is a rich diversity of artefacts discovered so far, including those relating to religion, architecture, graves and canals.

The Tentative List is an inventory of properties which States consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List./.