Thang Long Imperial Citadel's core area (Source: VNA)
A collection of 638 items and more than 100 photos and maps featuring Hanoi’s Thang Long Imperial Citadel were handed over to Ho Chi Minh City on September 28.

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi stated that the hand-over of these items to Ho Chi Minh City aims to intensify preservation and promote the objects’ value, while helping people in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities understand more about the land of Hanoi – the capital city.

It also reflected the close relationship between the two largest cities of Vietnam, thus contributing to intensifying the great national unity and promoting the reform and sustainable development of the cities, Nghi added.

On this occasion, an exhibition displaying nearly 300 out of these items, photos and maps was open to people in the city’s dwellers.

The Hanoi Party Committee also presented an encyclopedia and a book on Hanoi to its Ho Chi Minh City counterpart.

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, one of the country’s momentous relics, was initially built during the Ly Dynasty (1009 – 1225) and subsequently expanded by the Tran, Le and Nguyen Dynasties. The core area of the imperial citadel was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.-VNA