Foreign experts confer on Ha Noi’s glorious past

International experts discussed the cultural and historical value of the Thang Long-Ha Noi Royal Citadel at a workshop held in Ha Noi earlier this week.

A phoenix-shaped artifact is discovered at the Thang Long Royal Citadel.

The historic site, covering more than 48,000 square meters on Hoang Dieu Street, was the center of the Thang Long Royal Citadel during the Ly, Tran, and Le dynasties dating back 1,300 years.

A large number of artifacts were discovered at 50 sites during excavations carried out from 2004 to 2008. They include ceramic collections decorated with dragon, phoenixes, and lions, all considered royal symbols during the time.

The architectural relics at the site bear the imprint of skilled workers from all over the country.

The citadel also reveals a confluence of cultures, architectures, and arts between the East and the West. Many artifacts unearthed here originated from foreign countries, reflecting the cultural and economic exchanges with other countries over hundreds of years.

Delegates agreed at the meeting that the citadel, weakened by years of archeological work, requires preservation.

Dang Van Bai, the head of the Cultural Heritage Department, said the relic’s management board would shingle the roof to protect some of the important areas in the site.

The seminar, hosted by the Vietnam Institute of Social Sciences, attracted archeologists, historians, and administrators from Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Belgium, and Italy.

Ha Noi plans to file a research paper with UNESCO to recognize the Royal Citadel as a world cultural heritage in 2010.

The Archaeologist Institute collected and systemized the required archaeological material relating to it while other experts and scientists have collected pictures and video clips.

The 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi falls in 2010.

By Vinh Xuan – Translated by Vu Khanh

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