Old citadel to renovate for $ 32 million
A stone wall in the Ho Dynasty citadel in Thanh Hoa is damaged. Photo by VnExpress / Le Hoang
More than 745 billion dong ($ 32.7 million) will be spent to renovate the Ho Citadel in Thanh Hoa over the next four years, provincial officials said.
The recently approved project to preserve, restore and renovate elements of the citadel will require around 300 billion dong from the budget of the North Central Province. The rest will come from the central government budget and other sources.
The main investor in the project would be the Thanh Hoa Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It is expected to last from 2022 to 2025.
The elements chosen for the restoration and renovation include a 9,000 square meter archaeological exhibition site, a 1,000 meter trench, internal traffic routes and other infrastructure.
Built in 1397 by the Ho dynasty as the capital of Dai Ngu, the name of the country from 1400 to 1407, the citadel served as a military stronghold and became a symbol of patriotism and national pride.
It is unique in its construction technique, which involved the use of large blocks of stone weighing 10 to 26 tons, carefully shaped, interlocking and raised about 10 meters.
In 2011, the citadel was recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage.
The northern wall of the citadel was significantly damaged due to the impacts of storms and heavy rains.
In October 2018, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink’s Cultural Preservation Fund approved a $ 92,500 grant to conserve the South Gate, the citadel’s most important structure. The work was completed last year.