Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi

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Walk among the remains of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, an 11th-century fortress and World Heritage Site. Following its construction during the Ly dynasty, it served as the capital of Vietnam. Its excavation took place from 2002 to 2004, revealing evidence of a unique Southeast Asian culture. Tour the site to see its palaces, roads, ponds, underground bunker, and other ruins. The onsite display room exhibits bronze coins, ceramics, pottery, and other excavated artifacts, as well as mockups of the citadel itself. Planning Hanoi trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • The ruins of a world heritage site located in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Royal family. Ho Chi Minh City station side parking entrance. As admission is ¥ 150. Watch all the vast land, take about 4-5 hours.
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  • Once we figured out that you have to go to the south end to get into the Citadel, we were on our way. Very pretty grounds, excavation sites and an opportunity to go down into the bunker to see where t...  more »
  • Walk from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, took about 20 minutes. I found, when the pit entrance, give up, I thought. In addition across the street behind the national flag hoisting building behind the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Separately if I many coming as this, after the graduation ceremony for students, the photograph was taken.
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  • Historical palace with ancient architecture. A visit to underground bunker and Hanoi military command headquarters is also an interesting experience, a highlight of the trip. The place is kid friendly, suitable for family and group. A good walk for few hours.
  • There was so much about the Citadel that made it great for me. I went at a time that was popular for school children in groups. Each group was distinctive by wearing matching tee shirts or hats. Mostly younger kids, they were a joy to watch. I also loved the bonsai garden in the center court. It gave it a peaceful and satisfying vibe. The historic displays of archeological finds were very professionally maintained and presented. There was a photo exhibit wrapping around one building that was scenes of Vietnam that was superb. Both the quality of the photography and the subject matter were excellent. This in itself was worth more than the small admissions price. The temple toward the back was also worth visiting. It added to the feelings of peace and contentment that the Citadel brings.
  • It is an open public space. We saw a number of people having their graduation or wedding photoshoots here. It is a pleasant landscape with historical buildings that give a great vibe for exploring. Great place, do visit!
  • It's a great site for history buffs to find out more of the Vietnamese history. It's centuries of history cramp into a single site up till their war for independence. There you find replication of city gates (Thanks to colonialism French destruction of the original), colonial French building, replica ancient oriental structure, fruit trees, underground battle bunker, General Giap office and ancient towers . It's quite large a site of a few hectare. You virtually could spend a day there if you visit every single exhibit. The only thing unusual here is the lack of crowd. Just a few group here and there. A very tranquil atmosphere.
  • There is a large spot of gardens to take photo. But most of services are not organize well enough, no restaurant, toilets is just kind of having. Most interesting things are the fresh air within the space and the relics present in certain rooms.

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