A night view of Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi.
Travelers will begin their tour at Doan Mon (Main Gate), the entrance to the king’s residence, and learn about the site’s history, architecture and functions.
They will enjoy royal performances and art programs along with an introduction to archaeological excavations shedding light on the Ly, Tran, and Le dynasties.
After visiting the exhibition hall of rare antiquities with some dating back over 1,000 years, tourists can take part in a game in which they have to identify typical objects of feudal dynasties in the past.
At Kinh Thien Palace, travelers can offer incense to King Ly Thai To, who moved the country’s capital from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province to Dai La which he renamed Thang Long 1,010 years ago, as well as other kings contributing to the capital’s development.
The last destination of this trip is the archaeological site at No. 18 Hoang Dieu street, where visitors will experience a laser light show of outstanding antiquities of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
The tour is expected to run from 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in winter and from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in summer.
The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the archaeological site reflect "a unique Southeast Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south," UNESCO wrote on its website.
Constructed in the 11th century under the Ly dynasty, the citadel marks the independence of Dai Viet, today’s Vietnam. The royal citadel was the center of political power for many feudal dynasties.
In 2010, the citadel was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site for its significant cultural value, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the capital.