Tay Do citadel – a unique architectural work
The citadel of Tay Do (also known as Nha Ho or Tay Giai citadel) was built by Ho Quy Ly as early as 1397 in an area of 1 sq km in the land of Vinh Yen, Vinh Tien, Vinh Long commune of Vinh Loc district, 50 km southwest of Thanh Hoa city and 2 km north of Vinh Loc townlet.
The citadel was built in a location which used to be difficult to access surrounded by mountains and rivers. Tay Do citadel consists of two sections: the forbidden palace and the outer palace with four gates overlooking 4 directions east, west, south, north constructed in the arch shape.
This special architectural work was completed within 3 months which served both as a citadel and a military wall. The whole citadel was made completely of green stone blocks which were carefully carved and arranged in such a way that they well fit together. Over the last 6 centuries, the citadel has remained its 4 gates, the surrounding wall which is typical of Ho dynasty’s architecture.
Visitors will have a chance to explore this unique architectural work and understand more about the labor efforts and the creation of local people of Ho dynasty, a dynasty only lasted over a short historical period but beared great cultural and historic values.
Into the Lake has been recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage.
Kim Son Cave
Kim Son Cave is in Vinh An commune, Vinh Loc district. This cave is part of a complex of caves on the mountain of Kim Son in Thung Phinh valley.
The cave runs through the mountain. The entrance to the cave is 30m wide in arch shape created by stalactite rocks. At the south east side of the entrance, there are three big Chinese scripts engraved upon a big stone block saying Kim Son cave. The inside of the cave is extremely large with many stalactites of different shapes. The cave even gets much bigger when going farther inside. The view is splendid with various types of stalactites hanging on the cave ceiling.
The cave has just been discovered which still keeps its natural and original beauty.
Ho Cong Cave
Lying on the western side of Xuan Dai mountain of Vinh Ninh commune, Vinh Loc district, the cave was named after a genie who, according to legend, came down on earth to help local people. The cave is rather large with two kneeling elephants at the entrance. There is a beautiful view from the cave. The inside view of the cave is magnificent with many autographs engraved on stones by many poets and writers.
Trinh Residence – Vet temple
Trinh residence (Phu Trinh) is located in Vinh Hung commune of Vinh Loc district. It used to be the residence of Trinh Kiem and other Trinh Lords which consists of different sections and areas for different purposes. Later it was used as a worship place of Trinh Lords. The place still keeps those ancestral tablets, statues of Trinh Lords having the architectural style of Le and Nguyen Dynasty.
Vet temple (Nghe Vet) is 400m of Trinh Residence located in a fresh area by Ma River. The temple is dedicated to Trinh Kiem and other Trinh lords. The temple still keeps its ancient wooden house built in the architectural style of Le Nguyen dynasty in which Trinh Kiem and other 11 Trinh Lords are worshipped.
Trinh Residence and Vet temple are the cultural and spiritual destinations for visitors and those who wish to study the history of Vietnamese imperial dynasties.