Ancient Citadel Open to Visitors on Hanoi’s Anniversary

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Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam
Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the world-recognised heritage site, will open to visitors in time for Hanoi’s 1,000 th anniversary, according to the Hanoi People’s Committee.

On Sept. 16, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung paid a visit to the site to check the arrangement of artifacts found at the 18 Hoang Dieu street, the archaeological excavation area for the planned exhibition.

The cleanup at relic site of the Thang Long citadel is also expected to finish by September 20.

The Thang Long Royal Citadel
The Thang Long Royal Citadel

The same day, a pair of ceramic dragons and an ornamental jar, which are largest ones in Vietnam , were inaugurated to celebrate the 1,000 anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The steel-framed dragons are modeled after the prominent style in the Ly Dynasty. Each is 30m long and decorated with 10,000 plates, cups and bowls.

The works, made by artists of Hanoi ’s Bat Trang traditional craft village, will be displayed at the Bach Thao (botanical) Garden during the celebration.

Also on September 16, the country’s largest drum made by Doi Tam village, Doi Son commune, Duy Tien district, Ha Nam province, was brought to Hanoi to be used during the ceremony to celebrate the 1,000 anniversary of the capital city.

The drum has a diametre of 2.35m, a height of 3m and a weight of 1,300kg. It was made by Pham Chi Khang family.