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5 Hanoi gates and Thang Long Citadel

Visiting 5 gates and the remains of Thang Long Citadel will help you to understand more about the history and culture of the Capital of Vietnam.

Visiting 5 gates and the remains of Thang Long Citadel will help you to understand more about the history and culture of the Capital of Vietnam.

Thang Long used to be a big city, the Capital of the country under many periods of kings. Through the events of the time, Thang Long Citadel has nearly been destroyed, what remains is very little. The citadel is the remain of Forbidden Citadel (Tu Cam Thanh). Thanh Long Citadel includes Forbidden Citadel, La Citadel and Hao Citadel. Forbidden Citadel used to be the place for the king and royal families.

However, after Nguyen period, Forbidden Citadel has been destroyed and narrowed down in to Hanoi, the same size as the relic of Thang Long Citadel nowadays. In French colonial period, the citadel had been badly destroyed and other architectures has replaced.

Thang Long Citadel
Thang Long Citadel

Coming to Thang Long Citadel, you can visit Hanoi flagpole, Ngo Mon, Kinh Thien Temple, Cua Bac, Princess room… Inside the Citadel there are also relics from France war and America war.

After visiting the Citadel, you can visit 5 gates of Hanoi to know more about huge Thang Long Citadel was.

Thang Long Citadel has so many gates but the most famous are Dong Mac, Cau Den, Cau Giay, Cho Dua and O Quan Chuong. Thang Long Citadel was surrounded by 3 rivers: Red River, To Lich River and Kim Nguu River.

Dong Mac Gate is at the end of Lo Duc Street, Cau Den Gate is the crossroad of Pho Hue, Bach Mai, Tran Khat Chan and Dai Co Viet. Cho Dua Gate nowadays is the crossroad of Xa Dan, Kham Thien, Ton Duc Thang, Tay Son, De La Thanh and O Cho Dua.

Cau Giay is on the bridge crossing To Lich River at the crossroad of Lang – Buoi – Cau Giay – Kim Ma. And Quan Chuong Gate is the crossroad of Hang Chieu, Dao Duy Tu and Thanh Ha.

Quan Chuong Gate
Quan Chuong Gate

After that, you can visit the historic sites of Hanoi: Thang Long Tu Tran, Temple of Literature and Tran Quoc Pagoda.

These four pagodas are very famous and were design in ancient style of Thang Long Citadel. After finishing your tour, you can stop at Tran Quoc Pagoda which is located on an island to the East of West Lake. This pagoda is 1500 years old and known as the oldest pagoda in Hanoi.

Quan Thanh Pagoda
Quan Thanh Pagoda

A short tour but it can help you to imagine the history of ancient Thang Long, where so many people fall in love with.

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