Ho Dynasty Citadel to receive title of ‘World Cultural Heritage Site’

The Royal Ho Dynasty Citadel in the central province of Thanh Hoa will receive the title of ‘World Cultural Heritage Site’ at a ceremony on May 16.

                      Ho Dynasty Citadel

Many cultural activities based on the Ho Dynasty will take place on May 15-16. The organising committee will also introduce to visitors tours of Lam Kinh and Cam Luong to discover ancient heritage sites in the relic area.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on VTV1 channel.

UNESCO had recognised the Ho Dynasty Citadel in the central province of Thanh Hoa as a World Cultural Heritage Site in an official announcement made at the 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris on June 27, 2011.

The Ho Dynasty Citadel is located in the Vinh Tien and Vinh Long Communes of Vinh Loc District. It 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, which is still in good condition despite weathering for 600 years.

The Citadel also has altars, marble-paved roads connecting to different palaces, ancient villages and stunning mountainous river scenery that is 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 April 28, 1962.

By V.Xuan – Translated by Kim Khanh

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