Hanoi hosts exhibition on Royal Citadels

An exhibition on Thang Long Royal Citadel and Ho Dynasty Citadel, Vietnam’s two world-recognized heritage sites, opened at the Exhibition Hall in the Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi.

                      Ho Dynasty Citadel

Exhibits are building materials, royal appliances, valuable documents, sketches, images and artifacts of the Ly, Tran and Ho dynasties.

The event will run until January 2014.

The Ho Dynasty Citadel is located in the Vinh Tien and Vinh Long Communes of Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province. This was once the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407. The citadel includes palaces, bamboo screen hedges and a moat built with huge stone slabs, still in good state despite weathering in last 600 years.

The Citadel also has altars, marble-paved roads connecting different palaces, ancient villages and mountainous river scenery that have been relatively well preserved.

Ho Dynasty Citadel is under the management of Thanh Hoa Relics and Landscape Management Board. The relics of the Ho Citadel have been classified as National relics since 28 April 1962.
Ho Dynasty Citadel is now one of the seven UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage sites in Vietnam besides Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Ancient Capital, My Son Holy Land and the Thang Long Royal Citadel.

Thang Long, now Hanoi, was the capital of the country of several dynasties. The architectural relics consist of the foundation, the base of pillars, sections of brick walls, road sections, brick/gravel tiled floors, a water drainage system, water wells, and traces of lotus lakes.

Objects belonging to the royal family include artifacts such as jewelry, Vietnamese ceramics and porcelains, Chinese / Japanese ceramics and porcelains, bronze coins from different areas, and weapons. These relics demonstrate the highly technical and artistic developments of the Vietnamese people in the past.

By Minh An - Compiled by Kim Khanh

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