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Jan 18, 2017 / 15:31

Hanoi to upgrade Thang Long Imperial Citadel to become the cultural highlight

On January, presided over the meeting to summarize the work of the Scientific Advisory Council, Chairman of Hanoi People`s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that Hanoi should have the overall investment project to preserve and promote the heritage to Thang Long Citadel to actually become cultural highlight of the Capital.

Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung made speech with Science Council
Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung made speech with Science Council
Hanoi is upgrading Doan Mon (Main Gate) at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel as part of periodical maintenance. According to Director of the Thang Long – Hanoi Heritage Preservation Centre Tran Viet Anh, the gate has been repainted yellow, its original colour, since 1998.

The centre also preserves archaeological excavation pits, located near the gate. The conservation work began in December last year, and is scheduled to be completed before the traditional Lunar New Year. Doan Mon, the southern gate, was the main entrance to Cam Thanh (the Forbidden Citadel). The gate was built during the Le dynasty in the 15th century and was later upgraded in the 19th century.

The U-shaped gate was built with brick and stones and measured 46.5m by 26.5m by 6m. The Doan Mon Gate had five domed doors. The largest one in the middle was for the king, flanked by two smaller ones, one for mandarins and the other for members of the royal family.

At the meeting, City Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung had emphasized to the members of the Council, on plans for the conservation of Thang Long Citadel. Accordingly, the need to build an overall investment project, not to the small project.

Besides, the City will work with the Ministry of Defence to the early handover ground pitches as well as working with the Academy of Social Sciences to prepare the work of handing over the artifacts that have been excavated. "Hanoi has prepared funds for this important project for 2020, Thang Long Imperial Citadel is invested for basic conservation to become a cultural landmark of travelling, significant place to organize social and political activities of the Capital," Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.

Concurred with the proposal of the Chairman Chung, the board members said that the need to assess the way to deploy to turn the heritages into cultural products with high quality.

On this occasion, Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung congratulated and presented flowers to Professor Phan Huy Le, who has just achieved Ho Chi Minh Award on history.