Ancient Vietnamese capital to be proposed for UNESCO listing

The ancient capital of Hoa Lu in the Ninh Binh province, once the base of power for the Dinh dysnasty in the first millenium, is being discussed as a possible site for proposal as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Ancient capital Hoa Lu proposed for UNESCO recognition
Vietnam Net Bridge, 19 October 2008

A seminar was held in northern Ninh Binh Province on Oct. 17 to discuss the cultural value of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and Trang An eco-tourism resort.

Scientists affirmed that Hoa Lu is an important cultural and historical site in Vietnam. It was the capital for 42 years under six Kings of the Dinh, Tien Le and Ly dynasties. Hoa Lu used to be a military base and has witnessed many significant events and major changes in the nation.

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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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