UNESCO heritage site in Vietnam's capital to become cultural park

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The model of the cultural and historical park planned to be built at the UNESCO heritage site Thang Long Imperial Citadel, which is next to the new National Assembly building   

The site of the UNESCO-recognized Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi will turned into a cultural and historical park with its remains preserved in underground glass display.

Under a plan announced by the capital city's authorities on Wednesday, the park will cover over 45,000 square meters, including more than 13,000 square meters devoted to the archeological exhibition, VnExpress reported Thursday.

None of the construction works within the site will exceed five meters in height, it quoted the plan as saying.

Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, vice chairwoman of Hanoi's People's Committee, said archeological research will continue even after the construction is completed, adding that it will also open for the public.

An architectural contest will be organized to choose the best design which will also have to meet the requirements regarding the site's conservation, she said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Construction Nguyen Dinh Toan said the plan needs to catch up with the ongoing construction of the new National Assembly building nearby, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel was first discovered in late 2002 during excavation work to build a new national assembly on Hoang Dieu Street.


It was part of a citadel system built in the 11th century that included the Dai La Citadel, which acted as a defensive rampart with a complete dyke system; and the Forbidden City, where the king and his royal family lived.

Since its excavation, scientists have unearthed vestiges from the Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen dynasties and date back as far as the seventh century. They have also found many objects from the period between the 7th and 9th centuries, when Chinese colonizers ruled Vietnam.

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