Thanh Hoa’s Conservation Center for Ho Citadel on June 12 opened a gallery featuring objects related to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The 400-square-meter exhibit displays more than 200 objects including weapons, construction stones, terracotta decorations and bronze drums.
The citadel, which will be officially recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site at a ceremony to receive the certificate on June 16, has attracted around 14,000 visitors within the first six months of 2012, double the amount in the same period last year.
Located in Thanh Hoa Province’s Vinh Loc District, the citadel, which was a great work of architecture, was the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407. It consists of three sections: a bamboo hedge, a moat and a citadel wall, plus a palace complex with marble-paved roads connecting each palace.
With UNESCO’s recognition, the Ho citadel will become one of seven world cultural and natural heritage sites in Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Ancient Capital, My Son Holy Land, and the Thang Long Royal Citadel.