We all know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and it has been a capital for literally a thousand years under its former name Thang Long. But before Thang Long, the capital of Vietnam was Hoa Lu in the northern Binh Dinh Province. The Vietnam News Service has a special feature on this ancient capital, which was used by the Dinh and the Early Le Dynasty.
Ancient capital offers colourful history lessons of two dynasties [Link no longer active]
Vietnam News, 15 May 2009