After 500,000 visitors, Thang Long Citadel closes

The Thang Long Citadel archaeological site opened to visitors for Hanoi’s millennial anniversary and received half a million visitors. Last Wednesday, it closed its doors again to let archaeological works resume.

Visitors to the Thang Long Citadel, Vietnam Net Bridge 20101104

Thang Long royal citadel archaeological site closed
Viet Nam Net Bridge, 04 November 2010

As of November 3, the archaeological site at 18 Hoang Dieu, Hanoi, has been closed to preserve the relics. Since early October, when the site was opened for public on the occasion of Hanoi’s 1000th anniversary, it welcomed nearly 500,000 visitors.

Nguyen Van Son, director of the Centre for Preservation of Co Loa and Hanoi Citadels, said that on average around 30,000 people a day visited the relic during the 10-day anniversary. After that, the site hosted 2000-3000 people a day.

Because of the mass number of people visiting the site, some works need repairs, Son said.

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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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