Located to the south of China, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam originally was a constituent of Imperial China but ever since the segregation took place Vietnam has probably played second fiddle to China. In terms of population, Vietnam is home to only about one tenth of the number of those who call China their home and when compared to the land area that belongs to the Peoples’ Republic of China it is a mere fraction.
With a history spanning over millennia including wars, victories, trade and timeless beauty, the capital city of Hanoi has its fair share of ancient ruins and heritage sites. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a cultural complex that has been in existence from the times of the Ly Dynasty and would have been a grand structure in its heyday. The twenty-first century has brought about many changes to the areas surrounding the citadel and the modernity and style of structures such as the Somerset Grand Hanoi have captured much attention as have other Hanoi serviced apartments which are usually breathtaking components of the cityscape.
Subsequent dynasties of Vietnam have improved and enhanced the citadel but it was in a terrible state of repair until it was named a world heritage site by UNESCO, thus prompting the local authorities to resurrect whatever it could. With a moat to protect it, the Thang Long was the undisputed centre of power for a solid thirteen centuries thanks to its thick walls, moat and resilient buildings.
Many of the artifacts, coins, fabric, ceramics and amenities found during the excavation activities that took place during the first few years of the twentieth century are housed in a dedicated room on the premises. The gardens are well pruned and the buildings are kept clean now. Many who visit also drop into the Hanoi Flag Tower which is considered the symbol of the city to date.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media.