Guests visitng the Ho Dynasty Citadel
Ho Dynasty Citadel, a World Heritage Site in central Vietnam, will be opened for free during the three days of Tet (Lunar New Year), which means February 10,11 and 12, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Friday.
Do Quang Trong, director of Ho Dynasty Citadel's Preservation Center said during Tet all guides of the center will be availble to serve visitors.
On this occasion, the center will also open an exhibition named "Di san cua chung ta" (Our heritage) with the participation of nine museums and cultural institutions of three Southeast Asia countries, which are Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia.
Built by the Ho Dynasty (1400-1407) in the central province of Thanh Hoa, the citadel was recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2011 and is surrounded by three mountains and two rivers.
The citadel was built to an average height of five to six meters by overlapping green block granite, without using adhesive. The structure includes three parallel walls and four separate gates. Round stones were used as levers to move giant granite blocks of 10 to 26 tons in weight.
In 1397, Ho Quy Ly (1336-1407), the highest-ranking general of the Tran Dynasty, ordered this complex construction as he was planning for a new central government before dethroning King Tran and declaring himself the emperor in 1400.
During an invasion by China in 1407, Ming troops destroyed palaces inside the citadel, captured Qui Ly and took him prisoner in China. The citadel's large stone structure remains undamaged today, making it a unique site in Vietnam.