HOA LU ANCIENT CAPITAL OF VIETNAM


Hoa Lu was capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11 centuries. The district belongs to Ninh Binh province, 90 km in the South of Hanoi. Hoa Lu is one of very attractive destinations in Ninh Binh including Kim Son Catholic stone Church, Cuc Phuong National Pak, Trang An – Bai Dinh, Tam Coc – Bich Dong.


In 968 Dinh Bo Linh enthrone and took the name of King Dinh Tien Hoang. At that time the country was named Dai Co Viet and Hoa Lu was chosen as the capital (968 – 1009). In 1010, King Ly Thai To move the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long (today Hanoi)



The capital of Hoa Lu covered an area of 300 hectare, including Inner and Outer of citadel. The citadel was surrounded by thick and high earthen walls, limestone mounts and rivers that made enemy find hard to attack. Nowadays the citadel no longer exsist, just some vestiges left like Dinh and Le temples.


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