The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the famous historical sites in Vietnam. Located about 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City center, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a miniature battlefield that showcases the transformation and creativity of the Cu Chi soldiers and people during the long and fierce 30-year resistance war against invaders, fighting for the independence and freedom of the nation.
The Cu Chi Tunnels have entered the heroic history of the Vietnamese people as a legend of the 20th century and have become a famous landmark worldwide. This is a unique wonder of guerrilla warfare with about 250 km of tunnels spreading like a spider web underground, with continuous constructions connected to the tunnels.
The Cu Chi Tunnels have written true legends of the struggle against the enemy from the tunnels that have exceeded human imagination. Just by crawling down a section of the tunnel, you will understand why the small country of Vietnam was able to defeat the largest and wealthiest enemy in the world.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are divided into several different areas, including: Trenches; eating, sleeping, and living tunnels; medical area; food storage warehouse… During the resistance war against French colonialism (1945-1954), revolutionary soldiers hid in secret tunnels in enemy territory, protected by the people.
The secret tunnels were constructed in many ways, but mainly underground, with only one entrance and exit just wide enough for a person’s shoulders and a ventilation hole for breathing. When the tunnel entrance is closed, it is difficult for the enemy walking on the ground to detect the tunnel. The cadres living in enemy territory hid in the secret tunnels during the day and only came out at night to operate.
Today, the Cu Chi Tunnels have become one of the attractive tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to visit and learn about the heroic history of the Vietnamese people.