Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a special cultural complex, was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2010.

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is more than 1,000 years old, was constructed in the 11th century by the Ly Dynasty, when the capital of Vietnam was relocated from Hoa Lu to Hanoi. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is the special cultural complex including the royal enclose area constructed in the Ly Dynasty and expanded in Tran, Le and finally Nguyen Dynasty.

 

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The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long situates next to historical Ba Dinh Square, opposite to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum also near many important political buildings comprising the Vietnamese Presidential Palace.

Let's learn about architecture of The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which is divided into 3 parts below:

– Firstly: Citadel and Palaces on Hoang Dieu Street comprising some relics as:  Kinh Thien Palace from the Le So Dynasty, with stone steps and balconies carved with dragons made in 1467; Doan Mon Gate, the southern gate of the forbidden city of Thang Long; and relics of Hanoi Citadel from the Nguyen Dynasty with Cua Bac (Northern Gate), Hau Lau (Back Tower).

– Secondly: 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site on Hoang Dieu Street, opposite to the Citadel and Palaces was exposed in late 2003 involving three layers. The deepest layer contained evidence of building from pre Thang Long period (7th – 9th century AD) or the Dai La Citadel. The next layer contained architectural traces from the Ly – Tran dynastles (11th – 14th century AD). The top layer revealed remnants from the Le dynasty (15th – 18th century AD).

– Thirdly: Flag Tower of Hanoi on Dien Bien Phu Street within Army Museum area, opposite to Lenin Statue & Park, adjacent to the base of the tower is Higland Cafe

 

Imperial-Citadel-of-Thang-Long-at-night

 

Different from other museums in Hanoi, tourist allows to take some photos here but all activities should be quite, not affect to other people and relics.

This attraction opens everyday, except Mondays. Tourist should spend a half day on visiting all palaces in the The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long to know more about the history of Vietnam through the Dynasties.

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