Thang Long Imperial Citadel

©UNESCO / Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Ha Noi

Inscribed in the World Heritage List in June 2010, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, located in the heart of Ha Noi, is Viet Nam's newest World Heritage Site. The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, and withstood a succession of regime changes to remain the seat of regional political power for almost 13 centuries.

In October 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova made her first official visit to Viet Nam and, coinciding with Ha Noi's Millennial Anniversary Celebrations, handed over the World Heritage certificate to Ha Noi officials. Following a request from the Government of Viet Nam, UNESCO is supporting the Viet Nam National Commission and the Ha Noi People's Committee to ensure Thang Long's long-term conservation and promote its contribution to the surrounding community's sustainable development.

With technical support from the Tokyo-based National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ha Noi Ancient Wall – Co Loa Vestiges Preservation Centre, the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), the Institute of Vietnamese Studies and Development Sciences (IVIDES) and the Institute of Monument Conservation, this project is undertaking historical, archaeological and socio-economic value assessments of the site, proposing research-based conservation measures, and developing a comprehensive site management plan for the complex.

Throughout the project, training will be given to Vietnamese experts and managers in the fields of history and urban archaeological methodology, heritage conservation, management and development.

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