Vietnam to celebrate citadel's World Cultural Heritage recognition

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A series of cultural events will be held June 15-17 in the central province of Thanh Hoa to celebrate the June 16 recognition of the local Ho Dynasty Citadel as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.


Accordingly, the events include a "countryside" fair consisting of 100 booths selling souvenirs and specialty foods, and a folk game festival featuring traditional games which were popular duing Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) and Ho Dynasty (1400-1407).


A musical show, themed Ho Dynasty Citadel Vietnam's Pride, will also take place on Saturday night and will be broadcast live on VTV1.


Previously, on June 12, the citadel opened an exhibition room, housing artifacts related to the dynasty, founded by Ho Quy Ly, who made himself a court fixture in the position of the Tran emperors' indispensable advisor and attained the highest post of General/Protector/Regent of the country in 1399.



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Ly later deposed the last of the Tran Kings and declared himself to be the new emperor.


Also, on June 16, the province will host a conference on the UNESCO's policy, program and budget for the 2014-2021 period. UNESCO's general director and 80 representatives from 37 countries and territories in the Asia- Pacific are scheduled to attend.

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