Your Vietnam Tour Guide Takes You to the Ho Dynasty Citadel

by Dwight Z.

Ho Dynasty Citadel

Ho Citadel South Gate

The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty was built in 1397AD, on a large 5078.5 hectare ( 12550 acre) area in Thanh Hoa Province. The main compound comprising of the La Thanh Outer Wall, the Inner Citadel and the Nam Giao Alter covers 155.5 hectares (383 acres). Following the principles of Feng Shui the Citadel was erected between the Ma and Buoi Rivers in Vinh Loc District.

Ho Citadel East Gate

The Inner Citadel is constucted of huge limestone blocks (averaging 1.5 meters long without the use of mortar) reflecting the idea that grand palaces are an indicator of royal power – a tenant found within the Confucian elements of Buddhism. The stone blocks were quarried in the nearby Thanh Hoa mountains.

Ho Citadel North Gate

The throne of Imperial Vietnam was located in the Ho Citadel from 1398AD to 1407AD. It was also a prominent influence in the culture, politics and economics of north central Vietam in the 16th – 18th centuries.

The citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site on June 27, 2011.

 

Location of Ho Dynasty Citadel

Vinh Loc District is located about 150 kilometers south of Hanoi and 190 kilometers north of Vinh.

HO DYNASTY CITADEL UPDATE:

Thanh Hoa’s Conservation Center for Ho Citadel on June 12 opened a gallery presenting things associated with the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The 400-square-meter display presents more than 200 objects consisting of weapons, construction stones, terracotta ornaments and bronze drums.

The citadel, which will definitely be officially acknowledged as a World Cultural Heritage Site at a ceremony to get the certification on June 16, has enticed around 14,000 visitors within the first six several months of 2012, double the quantity in the exact same period last year.

Situated in Thanh Hoa Province’s Vinh Loc District, the citadel, which was a magnum opus of architecture, was the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407. It includes 3 parts: a bamboo hedge, a castle and a moat wall surface, plus a palace complex with marble-paved roads linking each palace.

With UNESCO’s acknowledgment, the Ho castle will definitely become one of 7 globe organic and cultural heritage internet sites in Vietnam, featuring Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha– Ke Bang National Park, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Ancient Capital, My Son Holy Land, and the Thang Long Royal Citadel.

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