After the citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as
a world heritage site, archaeologists from the Vietnam Academy for Social
Sciences (VASS) have been busier with their quiet job: researching and
advertising the ancient citadel.
Dr. Bui Minh Tri, vice chair of the Thang Long Royal Citadel research project,
confirmed that VASS has been assigned to advertise this relic to the world,
focusing on four tasks:
1/ Repairing the relic at 18 Hoang Dieu to welcome tourists and making a three
dimension movie about the citadel to serve tourists. This movie will be produced
based on a 45-minute film about the citadel, which is part of the file submitted
2/ Exhibiting 234 items unearthed at 18 Hoang Dieu and 39 posters at a house
inside the ancient citadel under the assistance of French experts.
3/ Publishing a catalog about the citadel and a 800-page book entitled “Thang
Long Royal Citadel – 1000-year Hallmarks” in Vietnamese and English.
4/ Assisting the Hanoi People’s Committee to organize two exhibitions with 709
items in the heart of the ancient citadel. One exhibition is about construction
materials used to build the Kinh Thien Palace (part of the citadel) and the
another features things used inside the palace.
Why must we produce a new film about the citadel? Why don’t we use the film in
the heritage file?
Dr. Bui Minh Tri: VASS Chair Do Hoai Nam proposed to make this 25-minute 3D
film, aiming to popularize knowledge and help visitors easily imagine the
ancient citadel. For that purpose, the scientific information in this movie
should not be so specialized like in the 45-minute film for the heritage file,
while the images need to be clearer. A documentary film-making group of the
Vietnam Television (VTV) is working on this project.
This documentary outlines the history of Thang Long capital, the powerful centre
of Dai Viet in three big dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le with brilliant
achievements in urban planning, architectural arts, construction techniques,
economic development, cultural exchange, etc. These achievements are defined
based on significant archaeological discoveries at 18 Hoang Dieu relic.
Are archaeologists of the Thang Long Royal Citadel project under pressure to
open the site for the public?
Dr. Bui Minh Tri: It will only be two months between when the citadel was
recognized as a world heritage site to when it is scheduled to be opened for the
public. The public can be assured because preparations have been carried out for
a long time, since July 2009.