Halong Bay is honored to be one of the cradle of mankind with several ancient civilizations developed in the land dated back 5,000 – 4,000 years ago, which contribute another precious value of the bay.
However, the Halong Culture has only been discovered and examined since French colonial time, around 65 years ago with 27 vestiges spreading through Halong Bay on small islets, mountains and hills bordering the sea, and a complicated system of primitive caves.
Achievements of restless investigations from both Vietnamese and international scientists are a variety of rock tools, most of which were created exquisitely with techniques like sharpening and polished sawing.
Thanks to this, ancient Halong citizens soon made unique tools and weapons for farming and hunting like felling axe, splitting axe, broad axe, hand axe, and hatchet. Amongst those, hand axes played critical part in the life of ancient Halong people, which is also considered the symbol of this civilization. In addition, “Halong Seal” (a kind of parallel slotted grater) also contributes on the trait of Halong culture.
Another noticeable feature of Halong culture lies in ceramic products, which are very diverse but unique and were made mainly on ceramic turntable. Ceramic products were the pride of the local people that helped Halong culture differentiates itself from other cultures during the same period of time.
In summary, based on all artifacts collected so far, Halong is said to possess developed culture with a completed kit of production tools for harvesting and hunting, and even agricultural activities and fishing activities, not to mention handicraft activities like ceramic producing, jewelry producing, or spinning weaving, etc.