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August 11, 2008

Vietnam plans to have Royal citadel on UNESCO list
Vietnam is preparing all documentations of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel to submit for UNESCO’s recognition as world cultural heritage, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

After the royal citadel was recognised as a national historical and architectural relic site late last year, the file’s preparation was carried out seriously with the participation of prestigious

foreign and local scientists, including those from the Vietnam-Japan experts’ joint committee.

The file will collect opinions from authorised agencies before being sent to UNESCO before September 30.

In December 2002, the Vietnam Archeology Institute started the excavation work on a area of 19,000 square metres at 18 Hoang Dieu street of Hanoi capital city to find out a precious relic


According to researchers, the site was the centre of the Thang Long imperial citadel, the most important among ancient capitals of Vietnam, where the country’s most important rituals

were held during the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties.

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