Vietnam's World Heritage site to get $1mln makeover

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Authorities in the northern province of Thanh Hoa have announced that they will invest nearly VND22 billion (US$1miilion) in improving the tourism infrastructure at a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage citadel.

The project will be carried out until June next year when the Ho Dynasty Citadel officially gets UNESCO recognition, Vietnam News Agency quoted the provincial authorities as saying Monday.

Under the project, the Center for Ho Dynasty Citadel Preservation will cooperate with scientists to continue excavating a rock quarry on the An Ton Mountain which is believed to have been used for building the citadel some 600 years ago. The three-year excavation was launched early this month.

The center will also be in charge of preserving other excavated relics around the citadel, including the three-storied Nam Giao dais where the king conducted prayers for peace and happiness of the country and its citizens.

According to the news agency, Thanh Hoa authorities will join hands with the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam in repairing and upgrading streets to the citadel, which is located in Vinh Loc Town.

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More bus routes will be opened as well, it said, adding that the website about the site will also be upgraded and updated with more information.

The Vietnam News Agency report said local authorities will also open more tours to the citadel.

Historical documents show that the citadel, which covers over 769 square meters, was built in 1397 on the order of Ho Quy Ly, the highest-ranking general under the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). Ly dethroned King Tran Thieu De to establish the Ho Dynasty (1336-1407).

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