The Hanoitimes - The project will be implemented in nine months with many steps.
The US Embassy in Vietnam has agreed to sponsor US$92,500 from the Fund for Cultural Preservation to restore several items of the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage site in Thanh Hoa province, local media reported.
In addition, a working delegation of the fund made a fact-finding tour to the site and gave several recommendations to the Ho Citadel Heritage Conservation Center on measures to preserve and promote the value of the heritage site.
Ho Dynasty Citadel.
Earlier, Thanh Hoa People’s Committee 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 400 sq.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.
The Ho Dynasty Citadel 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 recognized 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.