Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China12,332 contributions
Jan 2023
While Hanoi is a historic city, many of the pre-colonial buildings are lost in the country's turbulent contemporary history. This citadel is the very few remaining one that tells the story of Thang Long. The vast area includes the old city gate, some structures of the old palace as well as an exhibition on dynastic artefact. A stroll around is like an imaginative journey of the historic Vietnamese capital.
Written January 14, 2023
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Amanda C
Caernarfon, UK269 contributions
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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Tassie Carly
6 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
I really enjoyed visiting the citadel and think they are doing a great job to preserve it. So much history here, including more recently. Spent about 1.5 hours here but could have spent a bit longer. They have done a good job with their exhibition rooms explaining the history of the site over the last 1000 years in chronological order. Don’t miss the war bunker too.

It was pretty cool to see the archaeological digger work in action too. The other archeological works across the street are ok and worth popping your head in if you are going past but you wouldn’t miss too much if you skip it.
Written September 22, 2022
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jalopena c
9 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
If you are into the Vietnam War, this is your place to see all important relics of War. You can go deep into the Bunkers and see how they made decisions down below the ground. This Citadel is also old ancient citadel which has many important items and buildings inside. Strongly recommend to visit, mininum 2-3 hours required to visit
Written March 5, 2023
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Guy T
London, UK680 contributions
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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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,910 contributions
Dec 2019
For the very small entrance fee of 30 thousand Dong, which is about a euro and twenty cents, you get more than your money's worth! The whole complex is large with many historical buildings, exhibitions of archaeological artifacts, Vietnamese artwork, etc. Lovely gardens and the main gate can be climbed to enjoy the views. Do not miss the archaeological site too with ongoing excavations - you leave through the side gate with entrance for cars and cross the street and that's it. Just have your slip from when you bought the tickets ready.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thank you for visitting Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
Written August 3, 2020
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Wills
Bracknell, UK221 contributions
Oct 2019
First built 1010, the original royal enclosure spans 1000 years of history. It remained the seat of the Vietnamese Court until 1810, when it was moved to Hué. During WWII, the Japanese housed many 1000 French Colonial soldiers. And between 1954 and 1975, the People’s Army of Vietnam had its headquarters, D67, there. The bunker is preserved as a museum. The central sector of the imperial citadel was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is an extensive site, with exhibits inside and out. The majority of the site is at ground level and eagerly accessed by wheelchair.

SusanC4948 has given an excellent introduction in her review - so I won't repeat here.

A must visit if you are in Hanoi.
Written January 12, 2020
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Thank you for visitting Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
Written August 3, 2020
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TravelsDaGlobe
Sydney, Australia235 contributions
Feb 2023
This is one of the most incredible sites I’ve ever been too.
Start across the road at the site of the excavations. Spend an hour there.
Then go across the road to the citadel for three hours of some of the most incredible ancient artefacts you will see anywhere.
Quite breathtaking and photo opportunities galore.
Written February 23, 2023
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Mattcleave
Bude, UK71 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic day out! Costs VD30,000 which is £1 - absolutely one of the best pounds I have ever spent. We spent about 2 and a half hours exploring and had a really lovely time. Really well signposted, with brilliant exhibitions all of which are translated to English too. There was an audio app, however we couldn’t manage to get this to work without crashing, however there’s no use for it really. Definitely make sure you check out the archeological site across the road where some extensive excavations have occurred and they are just incredible (number 8 on the map when you arrive).
Written January 14, 2020
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Written August 3, 2020
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Travelly HN
Hanoi, Vietnam56 contributions
May 2022
This is a huge historical site to explore: massive gates, huge palaces, stone steps,... along with hundreds of ancient relics to learn more about Vietnam's culture and history.

There are also houses used as a military headquarter during the fierce war time with connected tunnels as well as real artifacts for you to see.

We went here on a cool day and it's a great experience seeing everything. However, since the place is so huge, I would suggest you have some comfortable footwear to go around. Also, this is a beautiful place for photography as you will see many students or people with traditional clothes coming here to take pictures. Hence, you can also dress up and have some pretty pics too.

Enjoy your visit!
Written July 12, 2022
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