Japan to assist Vietnam preserve ancient bastion

20 Feb 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – A joint Japanese-Vietnamese venture to preserve an 11th century fort in Hanoi. The citadel was built by King Ly Thai To, the first emperor of the later Ly dynasty who officially named the kingdom “Dai Viet”.

Thanh Nien, 20 Feb 2007

Japan to assist Vietnam preserve ancient bastion

Japanese experts will help Vietnam preserve the Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi, a fort which was the seat of an 11th century kingdom, a conference heard Monday.

At a meeting titled Thang Long Citadel Preservation held by the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Committee, experts from the two countries also decided to study ways to make the citadel an on-site museum.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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