Jul 13, 2012

Ho Dynasty Citadel to receive World Heritage Status in June

Vietnam Tours, Vietnam Travel - Ho Dynasty Citadel
Ho Dynasty Citadel
From Threeland Travel's Blog - July 2012

Addressing the ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said: “The Ho Dynasty Citadel, a unique military and architectural work, has been preserved by our people for over 600 years. It has been regarded as having prominent global cultural value, and recognized as a world cultural heritage site by the UNESCO.”

The citadel and other world heritage sites of Vietnam help international friends better understand the country and its people, opening up new opportunities for tourism development and culture research, he stressed.

The citadel, located in Vinh Long and Vinh Tien Communes of Vinh Loc District was built in 1397, as ordered by Ho Quy Ly, founder of Ho Dynasty (1400-1407). It measures 870m by 883m and was built within only three months, between January and March of 1937. It is the only one built entirely of stone in Vietnam and remained almost intact through ups and downs in history.

Earlier, the province hosted the consultation meeting of UNESCO national commissions in the Asia-Pacific region from June 15-17 in Thanh Hoa City.

An art program entitled "Ho Dynasty Citadel - the Pride of Vietnam" will be held following the ceremony to honor the historical and cultural value of the citadel.

Many activities were organized to celebrate the event, including a village market, a festival of Ly-Tran dynasty folk games, and a display of objects, photos and articles about the citadel and the Ho Dynasty to promote tourism in the region.

On the occasion, Thanh Hoa province also hosted an International Conference for UNESCO National Committees in Asia-Pacific Countries on June 15-17.

The citadel was built under the reign of King Ho Quy Ly and became the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407.

According to estimations, about 25,000cu.m of stone was used to build the walls of the citadel, and each stone had an average weight of 10-20 tonnes.

On account of its unique architectural and historical values, it was recognized as a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO on June 27, 2011.

(Source: Asia Travel Tips)


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