Imperial Citadel of Thang Long marks 10th anniversary of UNESCO recognition (08:24 25/11/2020)

HNP - The Thang Long-Hanoi Imperial Citadel Conservation Center held a ceremony on November 23 to mark the tenth anniversary since the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Delegates offer incense at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel

The event saw the attendance of Vuong Dinh Hue, Politburo member, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Head of the city delegation of National Assembly deputies; Pham Quang Nghi, former Politburo member, former Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee; and members of the Party Central Committee (PCC): Nguyen Tan Cuong,  member of the Central Military Commission and Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chu Ngoc Anh, Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee; Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, former Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee.
Joining the event were Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Phong, Head of UNESCO Hanoi Office in Vietnam Michael Croft, and leaders of ministries, ministerial-level sectors and Hanoi city. 
The ceremony is part of activities to honor cultural and heroic tradition of Thang Long-Hanoi; and promote outstanding values of the heritage site with a thousand-year-old history. 
It is  aimed at celebrating the 1010th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, the Hanoi’s 17th Party Congress, the 75th founding anniversary of UNESCO (1945-2020), the 15th anniversary of Vietnam Culture Heritage Day (November 23, 2005-2020).
The ceremony began with an incense offering ritual, followed by a performance that re-enacted the moment the first king of the Ly dynasty  relocated the imperial capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Sunday recognized the central part of Thang Long Royal Citadel as a world cultural heritage site at its 34th session in Brazil on July 31, 2010,  a thousand  years after King Ly Thai To established the Vietnamese capital in Dai La, which he later renamed Thang Long, meaning ascending dragon.
Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue presents certificates to outstanding collectives and individuals.
In his speech, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh highlighted the value of the heritage site, which spanned 13 centuries as a center of power with  multiple cultural layers and relics.
He stressed that the UNESCO’s recognition of the site was thanks to first and foremost its outstanding value and thereafter the efforts of both Vietnamese and foreign experts and relevant agencies.
According to Anh, in keeping with its commitments to UNESCO over the past ten years, the municipal People’s Committee has focused on leading the Thang Long-Hanoi Imperial Citadel Conservation Center to preserve and promote the heritage’s values. 
He stated that the Hanoi’s government would work hard to complete the scheme to restore the Kinh Thien Palace, an important structure in the imperial citadel, as one of the main focuses of conservation work in the coming years.
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh speaks at the event.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu urged Hanoi to speed up the realization of the commitments between Vietnamese Government and UNESCO in 2010, and work with scientists at home and abroad to create diverse tourism products, contributing to promoting the image of Hanoi - an attractive destination. 
Meanwhile, UNESCO head in Vietnam Michael Croft said he recognized Hanoi’s efforts to safeguard and promote the value of the citadel in accordance with its commitments.
He called for more efforts form the Hanoi administration and people to preserve and promote the heritage of the site, and enrich traditional cultural values. 
On the occasion, the municipal People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to individuals and collectives for their great contributions to conserving the site.

By Tran Huong

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