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360-degree virtual portal on Ngoc Linh ginseng opens

Released at: 17:12, 30/07/2018

360-degree virtual portal on Ngoc Linh ginseng opens

Photo: Namtramy.gov.vn

Portal allows visitors to explore well-known Ngoc Linh ginseng and tourism and culture in its homeland in the central province of Quang Nam.

by Le Diem

The mountainous district of Nam Tra My in central Quang Nam province has launched a virtual reality photo portal on its Ngoc Linh ginseng planting area, at http://namtramy.gov.vn/web360, in cooperation with the district people’s committee and the Institute of Communications and Information Technology.

Based on 360-degree technology of VR (Video Reduction) photography, the portal allows people to visit and gain a 360-degree view of landscapes and popular tourist sites from different angles.

It also provides 3D video and pictures of Ngoc Linh ginseng products.

Ngoc Linh ginseng is a ginseng endemic to Vietnam, discovered by pharmacist Dao Kim Long in 1973. It grows on the mountains of Ngoc Linh at 2,598 meters above sea level in an area straddling Quang Nam and Kon Tum provinces.

Ngoc Linh ginseng has been named as an endangered species, along with pepper, cinnamon and white maize, as part of Quang Nam’s conservation program for 2014-2020.

According to local ginseng experts, the stems and roots of Ngoc Linh ginseng contain 52 saponins (saponin is the main component of ginseng, with the more saponins the better). Of the 52 saponins, 26 are commonly found in Korean, American and Japanese ginseng, while the other 26 have only just been discovered, making it one of the world’s rarest ginseng.

Ngoc Linh ginseng is highly effective in anti-stress and anti-aging conditions. It helps improve immunity, enhance liver function, and lowers cholesterol. It also works well with antibiotics and diabetes medications and has therefore been designated a national brand.

A Ngoc Linh ginseng fair is held on the first day of every month as well as cuisine and cultural exchanges for visitors and local ethnic minority groups, presenting an opportunity for tourists, investors, traders and local growers to meet.

Nearly 100 km southwest of Tam Ky city, Nam Tra My mountainous district also features waterfalls, the Tac To hot springs, Long Rieu bamboo forest, and the Tra My old cinnamon forest, and is home to 10,000 people belonging to several ethnic minority groups. It is expected to develop diverse holidays and eco-tourism and adventure tours.

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