Ho Citadel Construction Legend

Ho Dynasty Citadel, is located between the Ma and Buoi rivers. It is surrounded by 10,000-hectares of fertile land and mountains, making it to be a natural oasis and an ideal place according to traditional geomancy .

Ho Citadel Construction Legend

Records dating back to the early 15th century do not mention the construction of the citadel; therefore most of the stories surrounding its building sourced by local legends.

Each citadel wall is built with five rows of stone of different heights from 1.1m to 0.35-0.4m. According to local stories, the citadel was constructed over just a few years. However, the Ho Dynasty struggled to build the citadel’s four gates. As soon as the gates were finished, they suddenly collapsed, leaving five workers dead, a problem that continued to plague the construction of the gates. Some people suggested using sandy soil to make an arch before arranging the brickwork. After the gate became solid, the soil was removed.

Ho Citadel Construction Legend

According to observations of the current citadel, King Ho Quy Ly lived on the site during its construction. The citadel took nearly three years to construct, but was never fully completed. This matches local stories that suggest that the period of construction and use by King Ho Quy Ly totaled some six years.

In 1407, when the Ho Dynasty fell, the citadel remained unfinished, as indicated by evidence that the construction of eastern and western gates were only partially finished. Some documents say that the citadel construction was carried out within three months; others say it is completed for three and six years.

Ho Citadel Construction Legend

Ho Citadel Construction Legend

Huge amounts of material must have been used in the building of the citadel. Researchers and experts have raised different questions about the way people transported the huge stones from mountains to build the citadel. Many of them think that after exploiting raw stone from the nearby mountains, they were brought to sites where they were worked on and selected for the construction. Stone detritus found both inside and outside the citadel can still be found near the gateways. The paved road that legend says was used to carry stone to the site can still seen in Tay Giai Village, Vinh Tien Commune.

Inside the four citadel walls are a duke covered with stones. The Ho Dynasty Citadel is considered as a unique site and the citadel has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site.

 

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