Discover The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi
Whenever tourists prepare for their daily itinerary, they usually go for the scenic or most popular destinations the country provides. From beach-like waterfronts to photogenic sceneries, they will do whatever it takes to fill up the space of their cameras. Rarely do they think about visiting historical sites, for it does not emulate the same kind of excitement the other attractions project. However, although these timeless sites do not appeal to most visitors, these are the reasons why countries like Vietnam, still stands today.
If you find yourself in the heart of Hanoi and notice a stone wall that is stretched along Nguyen Tri Phurong road, feed your curiosity and do not hesitate to enter. This piece of land, that is far different from the hustle and bustle of the city, is Hanoi’s most treasured structure known as The Imperial City of Thang Long. As of July 31, 2010, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has become the symbol of the city’s past. Though its walls are starting to crumble and its colors beginning to fade, the country’s flag still proudly waves with the wind on top of this complex’s 33.4m tower. Like most cultural or heritage sites, the best way to explore its borders is through visual silence. Follow one of the citadel’s pathways, and you might just see something unexpected. There is a great chance that you will see the North Gate – a humongous red brick structure with plants peeping through each gap – or the D67 Tunnel and House, which was previously the headquarters of the Vietnam People’s Army during the war that occurred between 1954 and 1975.
Entering this site is a breath of fresh air and, just like a time machine, transport travelers to another time of Hanoi. Because of its cultural importance, Trip Guru would like to remind all visitors that this citadel must be treated with respect at all times. Do not stray away from the authorized path, and stick to your map. Vandalism, cursing, and disturbing the area’s natural appearance is strictly prohibited, and if you plan to take photos, you must first get the permission from the management board of the site.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is open on all days (except on Mondays) and is opened from 8:30am to 11:30am and 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are priced at 30,000 VND per person and 15,000 VND for Vietnamese students and elders aged 60 and up. Children under the age of 15 and those who serviced the country during the war are free from paying the admission.