The Hanoitimes - Thanh Hoa People’s Committee has approved a plan to excavate the northeast wall near the north gate of the Ho Dynasty Citadel, located in Vinh Loc district.
A sum of VND4.4 billion (US$192,000) will be spent on this project. The Ho Citadel Conservation Center will be mainly responsible for the excavation and will coordinate with the Vietnam Archaeology Institute to excavate a total area of 400sq.m.
Specifically, if scientists find any antiques, they will unearth the objects to measure and take photos before handing them over to the center’s museum for further study. Meanwhile, if they find the foundation of the relic, they will stop excavation and dig a small hole to examine the structure of the foundation.
Ho Dynasty Citadel.
The Ho Dynasty Citadel was the cultural center of the capital of Vietnam in the late 14th century and early 15th century and a political, economic and cultural hub of the northern part of the central region of Vietnam from the 16th to the 18th century.
It was built in 1397 in the two communes of Vinh Tien and Vinh Long in Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province with the supervision of the Tran dynasty's top mandarin, Ho Quy Ly. He later occupied the citadel when he forcibly took the throne in 1400, changing the country's name from Dai Viet to Dai Ngu.
The Ho Dynasty Citadel recogzised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 2011. The recognition has brought pride and a great joy to the Vietnamese people while paying homage to the great historical values left by the Vietnamese ancestors.