Thăng Long Citadel, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội,
The Thang Long Imperial Citadel (UNESCO World Heritage Site) was built in the 11th century by the Ly Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.
Despite most of the ancient Thang Long citadel was destroyed by the French colonialists, the remnants still provide fascinating insight into Vietnam’s history. The Old Hanoi Citadel is now open to the public. The standing monuments and subterranean vestiges of palaces, together with numerous other unique artifacts unearthed in the Central sector of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel Hanoi are invaluable assets not only of Vietnam but also the entire human race.
Opening time: 8.00AM – 17.00PM everyday (except for Monday)
Entrance gate: No. 19C Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh district.
Entrance fee: + Ticket Price: ~ $1.4/person.
You might make your trip included a visit to the museum of military history and Hanoi flag tower nearby.
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