|Thu, May 23, 2013||
Hanoi announces plan for Thang Long Imperial Citadel
Updated: 11:45PM (GMT+7), Thu, August 2, 2012
Nhan Dan – The Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Construction and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, held a ceremony yesterday to announce the master plan for the Thang Long Imperial Citadel relic site at 18 Hoang Dieu street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
The Citadel was unearthed in 2002 and recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in July 2010.
The site is a repository of many architectural vestiges and archaeological artifacts spanning the Citadel’s 1300 year history that represent the country’s invaluable historical and cultural values.
The master plan aims to preserve the Citadel and turn it into a cultural historical park to promote its global value, preserve the ruins and artifacts that have been unearthed, and honour the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the site for future generations.
According to the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 696/QÐ-TTg approving the plan in June, the 45,380 square metre site will consist of various exhibits, archaeological digs, green space, support areas, courtyards and roads.
There will be four entrance gates to the site on Hoang Dieu, Doc Lap (Independence), Hoang Van Thu, and Bac Son streets, with the main gate located at the corner of Hoang Dieu and Bac Son streets. A tunnel will also be built under Hoang Dieu street to connect the Citadel with the National Assembly House, which is currently under construction.
Following the master plan’s announcement, Hanoi will draw up plans for buildings in the relic site and promote the preservation and management of the relics.
The city will also co-ordinate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences to continue archaeological research, welcome visitors and promote the site to the world.