The Thang Long Royal Citadel, recognized as a world cultural heritage in August, is open for tourists during October on the occasion of the Grand Anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. The site, which used to be a military base, has been a closed to the public for many decades. As part of the jubilations, thousands of visitors queue for this once in a lifetime chance to discover the history of the site. Finishing in December last year, archaeologists excavated over 3 hectares at the site and found 168 heritages including 95 building foundations, 16 walls, 24 wells and 33 stone water inlet sluices.
|A long line of tourists visit the Thang Long Royal Citadel |
Here are some photos taken by The Saigon Times Daily’s photo-journalist Kinh Luan at the site.
|These stones found during the archeological dig are decorated with lotus petal patterns. They were used to make pillars, wells and sewers in the citadel |
|Tourists listen to the guide talk about this wooden boat which has been underground since the tenth century. The boat is protected beneath a layer of glass |
|A visitor inspects pottery vases at the opening day of an exhibition of artifacts about Hanoi’s 1,000 years on Saturday at the Thang Long Royal Citadel, 9 Hoang Dieu |