Bac Mon (the Northern Gate) is the Thang Long Citadel’s only remaining original gate. (Image: chinhphu.vn)
The plan supports the long-term conservation of the architectural vestiges and archaeological artifacts that have been unearthed, and honour their tangible and intangible cultural heritage for future generations. It aims to promote the Citadel’s 13 century history and its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As planned, the project will cover 45,380 square metres, consisting of a 13,674m2 archaeological site, 3,438m2 for various exhibits, and 21,195m2 of green space. as well as an ongoing 6,803m2 archaeological dig and 6,214m2 of courtyards and roads.
There will be four entrance gates, one each on Hoang Dieu, Doc Lap (Independence), Hoang Van Thu, and Bac Son streets. The main gate will be located at the corner of Hoang Dieu and Bac Son streets and two main routes to visit the relics are being organised along with footpaths connecting different points of interest.
The Citadel was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in July 2010.