7-year dynasty leaves a 700-year memory

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A feature on the short-lived reign of the Ho Dynasty (1400-1407), and their citadel in Thanh Hoa which enjoyed a short stint as the capital during their reign. The citadel, or rather what is left of it, has been submitted for consideration into the World Heritage List.

Holding the fort
Vietnam Net Bridge, 21 Mar 2010
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Ancient Vietnamese capital one step closer to world heritage listing

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The Vietnamese department of culture is one step closer to having the ancient capital of Vietnam in Thanh Hoa Province listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by completing a scientific profile of the citadel site.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 26 Mar 2008

Thanh Hoa to complete Ho dynasty citadel profile for UNESCO recognition
Vietnam Net Bridge, 26 March 2008
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Nam Giao Altar – the largest of its kind

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Excavated in 2004-2005, the Nam Giao altar at the foot of the Don Son mountain in Vietnam may well be the largest undamaged platform of its kind. The platform was built in 1402, during the reign of the Ho Dynasty.

New Nam Giao altar discoveries in Thanh Hoa
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 November 2007

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Thanh Hoa: ruins of Nam Giao Worshipping Platform excavated

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6 March 2007 (VietnamNet Bridge)

Thanh Hoa: ruins of Nam Giao Worshipping Platform excavated

The Thanh Hoa Department of Culture and Information and the Institute of Archeology have started phase 2 of the excavation of the Nam Giao Worshipping Platform in Vinh Thanh Commune, Vinh Long District.

The Nam Giao Worshipping Platform was built in August, 1402 during the Ho Dynasty’s times. Located at the foot of Dun Son Mountain, the platform is where kings conducted rituals to pray for prosperity and peace.

The area to be excavated in phase 2 is 2.000sq.m. In the mid-2004 excavation, thousands of architectual materials were collected and helped to solve the mysteries of Nam Giao Worshipping Platform.