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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  • It was considered average for my visit as I was not into the history of Vietnam. This represents the architectural elements in the building back in the olden days. Entrance fee is required at $30k Don...  more »
  • The site was much larger than I'd expected. We enjoyed the History of the dynasties and the ceramics that went with those time periods. The tranquility is enhanced by all the lovely breadfruit trees, ...  more »
  • Not very easy to find, but you must enter from Hoang Dieu Street just around military museum. Cost 30,000 dong. Are a lot of different exhibitions and some buildings to look at. Is also 2 underground bunkers from the Viet Nam war, as one can come down and see. Are not so many tourists here, then, is to get to. And also a staircase with some dragons, which are worth seeing.
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  • The ancient citadel of Hanoi. Beautiful ancient building with a great garden around. In the evening the lights make this place really beautiful. Just one thing the government should care more to clean and keep preserved this amazing place. In fact you can see all walls are often very dirty. Anyway it's a great place to visit and you can find also events here as well fashion shows, concerts, open market fair and so on!
  • Beautiful sort of forbidden city. Big garden with old palace still standing intact. This place is used for graduation ceremony in my visit. Dozens of university students gathered here for their graduation ceremony. The area is quite big to do some walking.
  • Ancient and forbidden city of thang long. One of the UNESCO world heritage site. You can see many artifacts has been uncovered in this site. You can learn the great wisdom of ancient knowledge.
  • Looks nice from the outside. Didn't get to go in as the directions to entrance were misleading. Frustrated, we decided to skip this place. Would be great if someone could point visitors to the entrance location.
  • Highly disappointing. No stories, no guides, no signage - only a pamphlet. No opportunity to learn anything. What would make it better: share the history of the citadelle and bring it to life through story throughout the complex
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