Master plan for Ho Citadel’s preservation and management

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Ho Citadel, Thanh Hoa Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20151111

The provincial government of Thanh Hoa have unveiled a master plan to manage the Ho Citadel World Heritage Site to help with the preservation and tourist management of the site.

Ho Citadel, Thanh Hoa Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20151111

Ho Citadel, Thanh Hoa Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20151111

Thanh Hoa launches preservation plan
Viet Nam News, 11 November 2015

The Citadel of Ho Dynasty in the central Thanh Hoa Province will be preserved better following a master plan unveiled by the provincial People’s Committee on Monday.

The master plan aims to preserve and embellish the citadel, which has been recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site, and build special tourism facilities based on the area.

Specifically, the master plan will involve survey and assessment of the situation of the site; study of archeological documents and the management work of tourism activities; and defining the space for preservation and development of the surrounding areas.

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CNN feature on the Ho Citadel

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Ho Citadel. Source: CNN 20150826

Inscribed into the World Heritage List in 2011, the Ho Citadel in Vietnam is one of the less-known sites, even in the region.

Ho Citadel. Source: CNN 20150826

Ho Citadel. Source: CNN 20150826

Most unlikely UNESCO site: The empty citadel of Vietnam
CNN.com, 26 August 2015

You might expect a communist government to distance itself from its imperial past, but the Vietnamese regime has seen the value in celebrating the country’s bygone emperors and promoting its ancient citadels as tourist destinations.

Since 1993, eight Vietnamese locations — including three citadels — have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, with another seven awaiting formal classification.

Many of these sites are of great natural or historical significance, such as Ha Long Bay and the complex of monuments in Hue.

But the citadel to most recently acquire UNESCO’s seal of approval (in 2011) is the almost unknown Ho Citadel, situated in a remote backwater of Thanh Hoa Province, around 150 kilometers south of Hanoi.

The choice of the Ho Citadel for such a prestigious honor is strange for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the Ho Dynasty lasted just seven years (1400-1407), a mere drop in the ocean of Vietnam’s turbulent history.

Secondly, the citadel is empty.

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Excavations at Ho Citadel reveal moat structure

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Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Excavations at the Ho Citadel Unesco World Heritage Site have uncovered the remnant of a moat system among other archaeological finds.

Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Relics discovered at Ho Dynasty Citadel
Viet Nam News, 19 August 2015

Several relics and artifacts have been excavated from the Ho Dynasty Citadel’s southern area in the central province of Thanh Hoa, Director of Heritage Conservation Centre Do Quang Trong said.

Most recently, the three-month-long excavation of a 2,040sq.m area discovered a moat system and the relic of a citadel’s coastline.

The 61m-wide moat system has many processed stone blocks and a layer of crushed stone that is 5cm to 10cm thick.

The 7m-wide coastline relic is made of stone, lying 3.05m to 3.22m underground in the north and 3.89m to 4.60m in the south of the excavated site.

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Artefacts found near the Ho Citadel

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Artefacts found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150625

Villagers living near the Ho Citadel World Heritage Site in Thanh Hoa Province of Viet Nam recently reported discovering artefacts in the vicinity.

Artefacts found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150625

Artefacts found near the Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150625

Artefacts found in Thanh Hoa
Viet Nam News, 25 June 2015

People living near the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage site Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa Province unearthed ancient artefacts by chance.

Hundreds of objects made from ceramics, porcelain, metal, stone and bone dating back to the 10th century were found in a field a kilometre southeast of the citadel.

The residents found mostly ceramic bowls and plates, some from the ancient Dong Son (1,000BC-AD100) era. They also found many red stone (agate) pieces.

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Findings from Con Moong cave released

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Con Moong Cave

The Vietnamese Institute of Archaeology announced recently the results of their latest excavation findings from the Con Moong Cave, in Thanh Hoa Province. Con Moong contains a long sequence of archaeological deposits going back to the late Pleistocene.

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Raising local appreciation of heritage sites through photography

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Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609

Despite the earlier troubles reported about local tensions at the Ho Citadel site, there is also another project to help raise appreciation of the local heritage through photography by letting locals document their lives in the world heritage site.

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty. Source: Viet Nam News 20140609

Ho Citadel residents to play part in preservation
Viet Nam News, 09 June 2014
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Managing the Ho Citadel site more difficult than imagined

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The Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140608

Vietnam’s Ho Citadel in Thanh Hoa Province was declared a World Heritage Site in 2011, but there is a conflict now between the authorities and the people living in the protected buffer zone over illegal construction.

The Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140608

The Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140608

Ho Citadel the site of a modern conflict
Viet Nam News, 08 June 2014
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