The Hanoitimes - The project aims to preserve and promote the value of the Co Loa historical site in Dong Anh district after the site is reported to be encroached seriously.
The Hanoi People’s Committee has issued a decision on preserving and promoting the value of the Co Loa historical site in Dong Anh district during the 2018 - 2020 period with total cost amounting to approximately VND60 billion (US$2.6 million).
Accordingly, the project will cover an area of 860.4 hectares, including the center of the Co Loa Citadel and subordinate constructions at Co Loa, Duc Tu, Viet Hung and Uy No communes in the district.
Co Loa historical site.
Hanoi's authority has assigned the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center to serve as the main agency that monitors the implementation of the plan in accordance with current regulations of the state and the city.
In addition, the center is tasked with managing construction investment and restoration of the relic site; taking prime responsibility and coordinating with relevant agencies to research and implement archaeological excavations; collecting and displaying materials related to the relic site; strengthening communication on the site; building rules and regulations on managing and protecting the site as well as tourism activities in the area.
According to the decision, the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center in collaboration with local authorities to supervise and appraise investment business, services and socio-economic development projects in the historical site.
The Co Loa Citadel was built more than 2,000 years ago during the reign of King An Duong Vuong and is located about 20km to the north of today’s Hanoi. According to folklore, An Duong Vuong founded the ancient Vietnamese state of Au Lac and chose Co Loa as its capital city.
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