Ancient relic site in Hanoi to become cultural park

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The Vietnamese goverment has agreed to a plan to develop an area studded with royal palace relics at Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi into a cultural and historical park, VnExpress reported Friday.

Referred to as the "18 Hoang Dieu archeological site", the park, spreading over 45,380 square meters, will exhibit relics excavated at the site.

Several relics will not be unearthed, officials have said.

Located at the heart of the citadel recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the site contains traces of palaces built by the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties.

After eight years of excavation, it was opened to the public for the first time during Hanoi's millennial anniversary in October.

It was closed again in early November for further research and preservation.

Thang Long Royal Citadel received a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition early August this year.

UNESCO has been sending foreign experts to help preserve and develop the citadel as the city's humid and wet weather has taken its toll on many of the excavated items.

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