New discoveries from the Thang Long Citadel

Vietnamese archaeologists announce the new discoveries from this years excavations beneath the Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi.

Artefacts from Thang Long Citadel. Source: 20151216
Artefacts from Thang Long Citadel. Source: 20151216

Artifacts found in Thang Long Royal Citadel
Viet Nam News, 16 December 2015

The excavation of Thang Long Royal Citadel in Ha Noi this year has so far revealed various large-scale architectural vestiges, according to reports released by archeologists at a recent conference in the city.

The archeologists continued to identify traces of overlapping layers of royal palaces from different dynasties dating back to the 8th century. Most notably, the cultural layer of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225) is about 1.15m thick, while that of the Dai La period (9th-10th centuries) is about 0.5m thick.

The structure and scale of architectural relics from the Ly Dynasty have also been identified by experts from the Viet Nam Institute of Archeology. They confirmed that the large water drainage system constructed during the Ly dynasty and unearthed in 2012 was more complicated than initially thought.

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum opens permanent exhibition on the Thang Long Citadel

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum opened a permanent exhibition last month on the artefacts from Hanoi’s Thang Long Citadel.

 Artefacts from the Thang Long Imperial Citadel are on display at the Museum of HCM City. Source: Viet Nam News 20150928
Artefacts from the Thang Long Imperial Citadel are on display at the Museum of HCM City. Source: Viet Nam News 20150928

Citadel artefacts displayed in HCM City
Viet Nam News, 28 September 2015

A permanent exhibition of artefacts from the Thang Long-Ha Noi Imperial Citadel opens today at the Museum of HCM City.

The exhibition includes 300 photos, maps, drawings, documentary films and artefacts reflecting the architecture, culture and history of the citadel.

The citadel was built in the 11th century during the Ly dynasty, to mark the independence of Dai Viet, the former name of Viet Nam.

The central section of the citadel was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 31, 2010.

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Exhibition highlights the lotus in Vietnamese culutre

A special exhibition themed on the lotus is held at the Vietnamese Museum of History in Hanoi, featuring the flower and its significance to Vietnamese culture from past to present.

Gold lotus carved box. Source: Viet Nam Net 201500513
Gold lotus carved box. Source: Viet Nam Net 201500513

Yellow lotus collection of Hue royal antiquities
Viet Nam Net, 13 May 2015

The Vietnam National Museum of History will launch a special exhibition themed “Lotus and antiquities” on May 14 in Hanoi with the aim of introducing local and international visitors to the beauty and meaning of the lotus flower in the Vietnamese culture.

The event will feature around 100 ancient objects dating back from 7th century to the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).

In the category “Lotus in royal arts of the Nguyen dynasty”, visitors will have a chance to view objects and delicacies used by kings and royal family members, including those made from jade, precious metals and ivory.

The museum will also present a collection from the “Lotus in the Buddhist arts, practice and ritual items” featuring objects from the 11th century.

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Hanoi to restore Thang Long Citadel palace complex

A plan to restore the Kinh Thien Palace in the Thang Long Citadel has just been approved, putting into motion a five year plan to reconstruct the architecture and rebuild the palace.

The stone dragons of the Kinh Thien Palace. Source 20150316
The stone dragons of the Kinh Thien Palace. Source 20150316

Ha Noi to restore Kinh Thien Palace
Viet Nam News, 16 March 2015

The Ha Noi People’s Committee approved the restoration of Thang Long Citadel Complex’s Kinh Thien Palace in Ha Noi, which was used for royal meetings under the reigns of the Ly (1009-1225), Tran (1226-1400), Le (1428-1789) and Nguyen (1802-1945) dynastries.

The Thang Long-Ha Noi Heritage Preservation Centre and the Viet Nam Archaeology Institute started excavating the Kinh Thien Palace site last February.

In recent years researchers have suggested restoring the palace, but they don’t have enough information on the building’s original architecture and measurements. Most of it was destroyed by the French in 1886. They left behind only the floor and a staircase bordered by two stone dragons.

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The Thang Long Citadel

A Xinhua feature on the Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi.

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Thang Long Imperial Citadel stands as historical testament to Vietnam’s power center
Xinhua, via Global Post, 27 February 2015

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel, located at the heart of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, has borne witness to the long history of the country as it has been a continuous seat of political power for almost thirteen centuries.

The Thang Long (Ascending Dragon) Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Vietnamese Ly Dynasty (1010-1225), to mark the independence of the Dai Viet, as Vietnam was known at that time.

It was built on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the seventh century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. The Imperial Citadel and the remains of the 18 Hoang Dieu archaeological site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture, specific to the lower Red River Valley, cites the introduction of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on its website.

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New discoveries from the Thang Long Citadel

Archaeologists discover evidence for multiple dynastic occupation at the Thang Long Citadel site.

Unearthed layers beneath the Thang Long Citadel. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141217
Unearthed layers beneath the Thang Long Citadel. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141217

New discoveries made at Thang Long Citadel announced
Viet Nam News, 17 December 2014

More vestiges found in Thang Long Citadel
Viet Nam News, 17 December 2014
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The archaeology of the Co Loa Citadel

The Co Loa Citadel just north of Hanoi is claimed to be the oldest fortification structure build in the Red River delta, with finds from the site dating to the Dong Son period.

Co Loa Citadel, Viet Nam Net 20141206
Co Loa Citadel, Viet Nam Net 20141206

Co Loa offers glimpse into past
Viet Nam Net, 06 December 2014
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Hanoi celebrates World Heritage with contest

The city of Hanoi is celebrating 15 years of being associated with World Heritage, and has launched a contest to test knowledge about their world heritage properties.

Thang Long Citadel, Viet Nam News 20141111
Thang Long Citadel, Viet Nam News 20141111

Contest focuses on Ha Noi world heritage sites
Viet Nam News, 11 November 2104
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Rare anchors found in the Red River

A restaurant owner in Hanoi is in the possession of two unusual wooden anchors that were recovered from the Red River.

Source: Vietnam Net 20140802
Source: Vietnam Net 20140802

Red River treasure amazes global antique enthusiasts
Vietnam Net, 02 August 2014
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