Hanoi is the second largest city of the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam. From being the administrative centre of French Indochina, to being the capital of North Vietnam, Hanoi has been one of the most important cities in the history of Vietnam, and therefore has a rich heritage, a vibrant culture, and many awe-inspiring attractions. The city is also one of Vietnam’s most visited cities, and its thriving hospitality industry is home to luxury residences such as the Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi, which offers plush Hanoi serviced apartments.
One of the most central locations in the history of Vietnam was the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. This is owing to the fact that the Imperial Citadel of Thalang Long was the political hub of Vietnam for over 13 centuries. Thus, it served as the seat of power for all dynasties that reigned between the Ly Dynasty and the Nguyen Dynasty. Thus, the Imperial Citadel was the site of numerous royal palaces, citadels, and other State buildings during the peak of its function. However, the French colonial rule of Vietnam during the 1900’s saw the decline of this once great landmark, and all that remains now are relics of once great structures.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a massive complex, and the massive ramparts and gates at the outer boundary of the citadel still stand strong. A visit inside this historic and archeological landmark gives you the opportunity of witnessing the relics of some of the grandest structures that stood in Vietnam, such as the foundations of royal palaces, ancient paved roads, derelict fountains and water-works, and of course, the magnificent Northern Gate. One structure which is almost fully intact is the Hanoi Flag Tower. Standing 35m tall, this tower proudly raised the colors of the contemporary rules back in ancient times, and today proudly hoists the Vietnam flag.
Although one may only see the relics of the once great Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a rare glimpse into the grandeur and rich heritage of Vietnam and its people.
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