Citadel of Ho Dynasty preservation plan announced
Update: Nov 11, 2015
A master plan for preserving the Citadel of Ho Dynasty in Thanh Hoa province, was unveiled by the Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee on November 9.

The master plan targets to preserve and embellish the World Cultural Heritage site and build special tourism products based on the area.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung apporoved the overall plan to preserve and uphold the value of the Citadel of Ho Dynasty, World Cultural Heritage site. With a total area of over 5,000 hectares, the site covers the last vestiges of the Citadel of Ho Dynasty and surrounding areas in Vinh Loc districts, the northern province of Thanh Hoa.

The site is divided two important axises: the vertical axis connecting the Citadel of Ho Dynasty and Nam Giao praying platform, and the horizontal axis connecting the Ma river and square zone.

In the coming time, Thanh Hoa will continue to attract investors to develop tourism. The provincial People’s Committee, relevant agencies and investors will design several programs to preserve and promote the Citadel of Ho Dynasty to domestic and foreign tourists.

Located 50 km to the northeast of Thanh Hoa city, the Citadel of Ho Dynasty is a unique architectural complex built in 1397 by Ho Quy Ly, the founder and the first king of the Ho Dynasty in Viet Nam.

Unlike many other citadels that were built with bricks, the Citadel of Ho Dynasty was built with huge stone slabs sourced from nearby mountains. It features four arched entrances facing the four points of the compass.