A solemn ceremony was held at the Ly Thai To Flower Garden in the morning of October 1 to kick off 10 days of celebrations for the Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi.
UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova (2nd, L) presents Hanoi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao a certificate recognising the Thang Long Royal Citadel as part of the world's cultural heritage.
About 1,000 senior Party, State and Ha Noi officials as well as diplomats and other dignitaries attended the opening of the anniversary celebration at the Ly Thai To Gardens across from Hoan Kiem Lake early this morning.
Opening the ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, together with Party, State and Hanoi municipal leaders offered incense before the Statue of King Ly Thai To, who had a strategic and sound decision to remove the country’s capital city from Hoa Lu in the northern province of Ninh Binh to Dai La (now Hanoi), opening up a long-term development direction for following generations.
Addressing the event, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi stressed that the historical transfer of the capital from Hoa Lu surrounded by one mountain after another to the centre of the Red River Delta formed an extraordinary step forward for the nation, reaffirming the will to build the national independence and unification and ushering in a new era for the Dai Viet. Thang Long-Hanoi’s thousand-year history has been constantly cultivated by heroic exploits.
“Generations of Vietnamese living in the Ho Chi Minh era, owners of our majestic land and an independent and free country, will surely advance without any misgivings to the future, a future of more beautiful Vietnam so much desired by President Ho Chi Minh,” he said.
At the ceremony, General Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova presented a certificate recognizing the Thang Long Royal Citadel as a World Cultural Heritage to the Hanoi leaders.
While showing her admiration at Vietnam , one of the few countries in the world that still preserves lively memories of the capital transfer 1,000 years ago, Irina Bokova also recommended that Vietnam should take responsibility for the humankind through promoting the heritage to future generations.
The jubilant atmosphere of the grand celebrations has been seen in each street, each lane and each face of the capital. All roads leading to the Ly Thai To Flower Garden, where the opening ceremony took place, are decorated by flags, banners and flowers. Hanoi is putting on itself a new colorful dress to celebrate its 1,000th birthday.
Jeanne Huynh, an overseas Vietnamese in France , couldn’t hide her feeling when returning to the homeland to attend the great event of the capital and the country. She said she was proud of being a Vietnamese.
Vietnam’s successful hosting of many international events and the recognition of the Thang Long Royal Citadel as a World Culture Heritage have proven the country’s increasingly improved position, she said.
Jeanne Huynh also expressed her belief that in the next 10-15 years, Vietnam can stand on a par with developed countries in the world.
For the UK Ambassador to Vietnam , Mark Kent, the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi is an event of special significance for him as he is going to end his three-year term of office in Hanoi .
Mark Kent said he was honored to live and work in the 1,000-year-old city of Hanoi . He added that he will join a number of activities during the anniversary, including a race for peace around Hoan Kiem Lake on October 3.
The millennium celebrations of Thang Long-Hanoi will be held within ten days with numerous artistic and cultural activities throughout the capital city.
Highlights of the celebrations will be a meeting and a parade at the Ba Dinh Square as well as a cultural and art gala night at the My Dinh National Stadium on October 10.
A drum beats out the opening of the ten-day celebrations.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong light the torch to begin the celebrations.
Events celebrating 1,000th anniversary of Ha Noi
Ly Thai To Garden/ Hoan Kiem Lake
Exhibition: literature and art works through history
Centre for Exhibition, Culture and Arts, 2 Hoa Lu St
Photo exhibition on Ha Noi
Exhibition House 45 Trang Tien St
Revolutionary film week
National Cinema Centre
Hoan Kiem Lake
Exhibition on ancient materials and artefacts on Thang Long Citadel
Thang Long Citadel relic
Thang Long international tourism festival
Bao Son Paradise Resort (Hoai Duc Dist)
Ha Noi Moi newspaper run
Hoan Kiem Lake
Exhibition: National heroes and cultural figures
Exhibition: Historic battles in Viet Nam
Viet Nam Military History Museum
Thang Long old dances
Ly Thai To Garden
Official opening of the Ceramic Road
Yen Phu Road
Bat Trang ceramic exhibition
Bat Trang Village, Gia Lam Dist
My Dinh Square
Traditional martial arts performance
Quan Ngua Sports Palace
Exhibition: Old Ha Noi Food festival
Ha Noi Museum West Lake Water Park
Art shows by young people
Out-door stages all over the city
Square in front of the State Bank Headquarters
Art show by international art troupes
Out-door stages all over the city
Official ceremony celebrating 1,000th anniversary of Ha Noi
Ba Dinh Square
My Dinh Stadium