10 years ago, Xuong Dien Parish in Hai Ly commune, Hai Hau district, the northern province of Nam Dinh saw its Church of Heart severely intruded by saltwater.
The incident turned the church and two nearby fishing villages Xuong Dien and Van Ly into vestiges
A damaged bell tower is what remain of the then Church of Heart
A closer look at the decoration of the bell tower
Nam Dinh authorities have built a sea dike around the area, making it a popular tourist destination
Two women from the Xuong Dien fishing village of Hai Ly commune are catching fish near the church ruins
Other vestiges of the Xuong Dien Parish church