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Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

By Hong Thao, Pham Chieu   May 16, 2022 | 02:00 am PT
A 90-minute night tour of UNESCO heritage site Thang Long ancient citadel in Hanoi includes royal ceremonies from Vietnam's feudal past.
Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

Hanoi last month resumed its night tour of Thang Long Imperial Citadel, a complex of buildings first constructed in 1011 under the reign of King Ly Thai To.

It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the seventh century, on drained land reclaimed from Red River Delta in Hanoi.

It was the center of regional political power for almost 13 centuries, from the Ly, Tran to Le dynasties.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

The tour that lasts an hour and a half starts from Doan Mon, the main gate of the imperial citadel at 18 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh District.

From the gate tourists commence along roads paved with lemon flower bricks built under Tran Dynasty to Thien An Palace.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

A royal court ceremony and ancient dance performance called "Thang Long Palace" is staged on top of the archaeological remains.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

Tourists can learn more about the history of the citadel while admiring artifacts associated with Vietnam's feudal dynasties.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

Tourists join an incense burning ceremony in memory of the 52 former kings at Kinh Thien Palace.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

The last stop on the takes in an array of artifacts dating back to 1,300 years ago.

Night tour of Thang Long Citadel revives ancient royal customs

The tour costs VND300,000 ($12.96).

On the occasion of the 31st SEA Games, which is being held in Hanoi and several northern provinces, authorities are offering a preferential price of VND200,000 for athletes attending Southeast Asia's largest sports event.

 
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