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Thang Long Citadel

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The sprawling grounds of the World Heritage-listed Thang Long Citadel are a palimpsest across which Hanoi's history has been written and re-written. You can easily spend a few hours here exploring the grounds and the archaeological dig just across the road.

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The citadel site has been a continuous seat of power for some 1,300 years. It most recently operated as a military base until it was opened to the public to mark the 1,000-year anniversary of Hanoi and its UNESCO World Heritage listing. Despite being sandwiched between four busy roads, the complex feels like an escape from the city. There are two sub-sections: the citadel grounds and buildings, plus the dig at 18 Hoang Dieu Street across the road.

Graduates celebrate in the main courtyard after you go through Doan Mon.  Photo taken in or around Thang Long Citadel, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Graduates celebrate in the main courtyard after you go through Doan Mon. Photo: Samantha Brown

The site was first used as the Dai Lai Citadel when the area, then known as Giao Chau, was under Chinese rule from the seventh to ninth centuries; foundations of wooden buildings, tools, furniture, wells and drainage ditches from this period have been found ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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