Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Welcome to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi! Situated at the heart of Hanoi, the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an outstanding place of interest not only for the capital city but also for the country as a whole. The site is one of the ten special national heritage sites proclaimed by the Prime Minister in 2009 and was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2010. Its Outstanding Universal Values are reflected in its historical longevity, its continuous role as a seat of power, and its multiple cultural layers. The World Heritage Site comprises two sections: the archaeological site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and the central axis of the Nguyen Dynasty’s Citadel of Hanoi, which together create an integrated heritage complex. This was the most important sector of Thang Long Citadel, the capital of Dai Viet under the Ly, Tran, and Le dynasties from the 11th to the 18th centuries. It was also the core of the earlier Dai
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Katy Santos
Philippines493 contributions
Such a historical landmark
Aug 2020
I went here before the pandemic - After taking some photos of the Presidential Palace, you can either walk or ride a Grab car or scooter to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long functioned as a royal court during 1800s and became a complex of imperial palaces. It became a prison chamber of French soldiers during World War 2 and was severely impacted by war. Today, it's listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. At the entrance of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, there's a mini-exhibit showcasing the history, culture, and traditions of Vietnam and its citizen. You can also visit other attractions such as Hanoi Flagtower and Vietnam Military History Museum to know more about the Vietnamese history and war vehicles used during the world war.
Written July 9, 2021
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James
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UN World Heritage Site - the underground military bunker was worth the trip
Dec 2020
On the surface, there didn't seem like much to do at this site. Compared to the Huế Imperial Citadel, this seemed like we would be in and out within an hour. We actually stayed for about 4. There were a few good places to take pictures and videos, but our favorite stop was the underground military bunker. It wasn't giant, but that in itself was worth the visit.
Written December 28, 2020
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Kirby Muxloe, UK275 contributions
Imperial Citadel
Mar 2020 • Couples
Located next to the Military Museum and Flag Tower. Massive entrance hall so not sure if they normally get large crowds, there were only a few of us when we visited during the coronavirus outbreak .

Big site, ask for a plan at the entrance and follow the route shown. A complex of historical buildings including Doan Mon Gate , French Colonial buildings and some ancient steps which I think did originally lead up to a now destroyed palace.

You still can’t escape the French/American conflicts though, there are some underground bunkers that were used as a Military HQ.

You can also visit an archeological site at the end of the route on the opposite side of a road.

Worth a visit but a bit short on actual pre French historical buildings.
Written April 30, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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RG02
Swindon, UK236 contributions
An interesting place
Mar 2020 • Couples
Not quite as spectacular as the Citadel in Hue but definitely worth a visit. You are given a map at the ticket office with a suggested route, which is worth following, as you could otherwise miss so much. Very interesting to see the Command Headquarters and bunkers from the war, with good original exhibit. We spent a good couple of hours wandering around as there is quite a lot to see.
Written April 1, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Chinya A
Mandaluyong, Philippines16 contributions
Beautiful Old Structure
Feb 2020
Beautiful Old structure, Huge and nice to walk. Great to have a picture but for me, not much to see except to learn some history about the Vietnam war.
Written March 24, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Khushbu Mehta
Bengaluru, India2,455 contributions
Interesting visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Its a beautiful citadel located in the heart of Hanoi. U can spend an hour n half here easily. There’s a lot of sections to see here, including a bunker from the Vietnam War era. Wear comfortable shoes bcoz there’s a lot of walking. Pick up a map from the ticket counter so that u dont miss any of the places to visit inside, bcoz it can get confusing. Entry ticket is 30,000 VND . Totally worth a visit👍🏼
Written March 10, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Thibaud J
Bangkok, Thailand73 contributions
Not as famous as other landmarks in Hanoi, but worth visiting.
Feb 2020
If you’re visiting the war museum and the mausoleum area, this is in between, and worth going.
Quite extensive area, and being rebuilt building after building, as part was destroyed during the war.
So do not hesitate if you have time.
You will have a nice tour.
Written March 10, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Guy T
London, UK675 contributions
Pretty place - but other places are higher on my to-do far
Mar 2020 • Couples
Like other places in Hanoi - not open on a Monday! We went here after the visiting flag tower and museum next door and for the 30,000VND entry fee it was worth it. There is a lot to see including a used bunker under one of the buildings. The information explaining exactly how it is all linked together is a little
sparse but the buildings are beautiful and there are some great photo opportunities.

If you have the time that add it to your itinerary but if your short on time you could give it a miss.
Written March 5, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Amanda C
Caernarfon, UK217 contributions
Underwhelming to be honest, but worth a look
Feb 2020
I was expecting a lot more from this visit to be honest. The ticket area is very grand and modern, then you walk down to the main gate through an empty grassed area.

A highlight was some graduation students having their photos taken, very smart.

You can go upstairs on the main gate, you get a good view of the flag tower, but there is nothing other than that to see.

What follows is a jumble of buildings, built by the French, mostly closed off , some house exhibits which someone has gone to a lot of trouble to put together, but somehow it doesn’t flow.

There are huge stacks of reclaimed bricks but little evidence of actual restoration.

It’s no money to enter 30K dong and a Grab will get you here for about 30K dong (£1) so don’t spend large amounts on package tour.
Written February 27, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Barry W
Tala, Cyprus636 contributions
Worth a Visit for 30,000VND
Feb 2020 • Couples
The entrance to the Imperial City was the most impressive thing for us and sadly after that there was no cohesion to the visit. There was a great mixture of time periods up to the modern day and not a lot of work had been done restoration. This has the potential to be a great UNESCO site but sadly failed to deliver.
Written February 12, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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