Damage to the Thang Long Citadel ruins

Hanoi’s  Thang Long Citadel sustained some damaged when construction works at an adjacent site caused a protective wall to be damaged and mud flowed in. The citadel has over 1,000 years of history and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Damage to the Thang Long Citadel Ruins, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110412

Thang Long Royal Citadel cracked and sunk
Vietnam Net Bridge, 12 April 2011

UNESCO to inspect Thang Long Royal Citadel in June
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 April 2011

The construction of the National Assembly House has affected the archaeological site in Thang Long Royal Citadel at N0 18, Hoang Dieu Street, Hanoi.

According to the Institute for Archaeology, a section of the wall to protect the northern area of the relic collapsed while the structure of soil layers of the relic was broken.

Mud water has overflowed from the National Assembly House project to the relic.

The Institute for Archaeology said that the landmark of the relic has been broken. The National Assembly House project also caused the relic to sink, affecting the preservation of this important relic.

Excavated in 2003 with hundreds of valuable items of the Dynasties of Ly, Tran, etc., the Thang Long Royal Citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as the World Cultural Heritage in August 2010.


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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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