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DESTINATIONS Hanoi Friday, 11 September 2015

Co Loa Citadel – the capital of ancient Au Lac State

Co Loa Citadel is an historic relic in Hanoi where expresses part of Vietnamese history.

Co Loa Citadel is the oldest citadel in Vietnam which was built by Thuc An Duong Vuong King in the 3rd century BC. It was Au Lac’s capital in the past (Au Lac was the name of Vietnam in a period of history) and now the citadel is located in Dong Anh district, suburban of Hanoi city.

Co Loa Citadel
Co Loa Citadel

This citadel was built follow the spiral construction (so it has another name is Loa Citadel) with 9 loops, under the wall is water that boats can move on. Nowadays, there are 3 loops still exist here.

Co Loa map
Co Loa map

The doors of 3 loops are ingeniously arranged. They are not in a line to make it more difficult for enemies to attack the citadel.

From central of Hanoi city, it’s about 18km to get the Co Loa commune, Dong Anh district. You will find the mark of the old citadel where the antiquaries found a lot of arrows, ploughshares, animal bones…

Co Loa festival
Co Loa festival

Entering village’s gate, you will see Co Loa Village’s communal house. According to the legend, here is the base of Ngu Trieu Temple where the officials discussed the countries situations.

Beside the communal house is My Chau Temple , My Chau was the first princess of Ancient Aulac State which lies next to the old tree. The temple is as small as the pitiful princess life. There are a statue inside which don’t have head, people said that it is My Chau princess statue.

The next is Thuong Temple (An Duong Vuong Temple). The temple was rebuilt at the beginning of 20th century. The stone dragons here are ancient antiquities at Le So or Tran destiny. The inside has An Duong Vuong statue. Outside has Pearl Well, the legend told that if we use the well’s water to wash the pearl, it will brighter.

An Duong Vuong statue
An Duong Vuong statue
More details
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 to 17:00.
How to get there: The Citadel can be reached by leaving Hanoi to the northeast. Take the Chuong Duong bridge over the Hong River out of town to where the road joins up with Highway 1. You'll cross another river 11km later via an old, narrow steel bridge. Take the immediate left, and follow that road as it meets Highway 3, keep straight, and after about 4km there's a sign on the left marking the turn for the site on the right. Turn off for the Citadel. It's another kilometre further down that road and well marked.
Entrance fee: 10.000vnd/person
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