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Oct 28, 2015 / 17:27

Hanoi announces Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel restoration planning

Hanoi People`s Committee recently held a ceremony to reveal the decision of the Prime Minister approving the master plan for restoring the Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel in suburban Dong Anh district on October 26.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of municipal People's Committee Le Hong Son said that the Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel plays an important significance of valuable cultural and historical  heritages of the country and the capital.
Hanoi has mobilised resources to invest in the citadel’s central site and exhibition area to lure more tourists, Vice Chairman added.
Under the planning, the Co Loa citadel will become a national historical-cultural park, covering about 860.4 hectares in Co Loa, Duc Tu, Viet Hung and Uy No communes.
The plan aims to preserve the tangible heritage’s architectural features as well as rural and agricultural environment while improving the living conditions of local residents.
Approval of the planning is an important legal basis for Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel to implement the overall plan, invest and develop as a Hanoi's humanistic - ecological - historical park.

At the Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel
At the Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel
The plan aims to concretize the orientation of the General Planning of  Hanoi capital by 2030 and with a vision through 2050.
Under the plan, tourism and services development sector will be the main economy at the area of Co Loa spiral-shaped citadel.
The number of tourists to Co Loa citadel is expected to reach 229,000 arrivals per year by 2020 and 373,000 arrivals yearly by 2030.
Co Loa, the biggest and most ancient citadel found in Vietnam, was built by King An Duong Vuong between 214 and 208 BC as the capital of Au Lac, one of the earliest Vietnamese kingdoms.
It is believed to be comprised of nine concentric circles, yet only vestiges of three circles can be found at present. They include an 8km exterior wall, a 6.5km polygon-shaped inner wall, and a central 1.6km rectangular wall.