Vietnam: Hanoi Enhances Preservation Of Co Loa Relic Site

Last update: 09/02/2018

HANOI, Feb 9 (Bernama) -- There is a need to accelerate the preservation and restoration of the ancient citadel of Hanoi and Co Loa Citadel, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported Hanoi Municipal People's Committee chairman Nguyen Duc Chung as saying.

In 2017, the Hanoi Scientific Advisory Council helped Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre expand excavation area east of Kinh Thien Palace (Thang Long Imperial Citadel) to over 980 square metres and mapped out a plan on a spiritual tourism area in line with the preservation of Co Loa historical relic site.

The centre held various exhibitions and educational programmes on Hanoi's cultural heritage last year.

At the event, participants discussed measures to enhance heritage preservation, focusing on management, land clearance and handover of exhibits, among others.

Duc Chung urged the centre to cooperate with relevant agencies to supervise the handover of exhibits and seek counselling on preservation measures from domestic and foreign experts.

He also instructed the centre to accelerate the process of significant projects such as the restoration of the Kinh Thien Palace and Co Loa Citadel, as well as the organisation of cultural events of the city and country.

Co Loa, the largest and most ancient citadel 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 comprise nine concentric circles, yet only vestiges of three circles can be found. They include an 8 km exterior wall, a 6.5 km inner wall and a 1.6 km central wall.