Party Leader Burns Incense at Thang Long Imperial Citadel
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other leaders of Hanoi offer incense to King Ly Thai To and his descendants at the former Thang Long Imperial City in Hanoi. (Photo: VOV)
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on February 4, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year, offered incense at the former Thang Long imperial city in Hanoi in commemoration of King Ly Thai To and his descendants of the Vietnamese nation, VOV reported.
The Party leader affirmed the resolve to uphold Vietnamese traditional values and strengthen the great national unity bloc to build a nation of wealth, democracy, equality, and civilization, according to VNA.
Talking with the staff of the relic site, he urged them to work harder to preserve and promote the values of the UNESCO-recognised citadel to international friends and contribute to educating young generations about national traditions.
The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was a power center for over a thousand years of Vietnamese history and unique evidence of Vietnamese civilization during the development of monarchies in Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Kinh Thien Palace is the main building in the central sector of the citadel, which is located in what is today downtown Hanoi. It sits in the center of the complex, facing Doan Mon (south gate) and Flag Tower.
The palace was built in 1428 and is believed to be of the highest importance, hosting many royal ceremonies. It was also the place where royals were invited to discuss national issues.
|The Party leader affirmed the resolve to uphold Vietnamese traditional values and strengthen the great national unity bloc to build a nation of wealth, democracy, equality, and civilization. (Photo: VNA)
In 1010 King Ly Thai To decided to move the capital of the Vietnamese kingdom from Hoa Lu in the northern province of Ninh Binh to Dai La Citadel also known as Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi today.
It was almost destroyed at the end of the 19th century by the French colonialists, however, and all that remains today is a 100-cm-high banister to the south of the plot and several large stone steps with dragon carvings.
The Vietnamese nation has since entered a new era, with successive dynasties expanding their borders and building up a thousand-year history of civilization, culminating in the present-day Ho Chi Minh era.
Party General Secretary Trong and other leaders of Hanoi reported on Vietnam’s development achievements and vowed to build a strong, peaceful, independent, and prosperous nation.
On the occasion of the lunar New Year holiday (Tet), General Secretary Trong extended his best wishes to officials and staff of the Thang Long Heritage Conservation Center, expecting that they would continue to popularize the historical and cultural values of the heritage site which has been registered as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO.
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