A spring festival organised annually at Co Loa relic site. (Photo courtesy of the Thang Long – Hanoii Heritage Conservation Centre)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi will spend 60 billion VND (2.6 million USD) on preserving and promoting the value of the Co Loa relic site in Dong Anh district during the 2018-2020 period after the site is reported to be encroached seriously.

The move is part of a project on the management and conservation of the site for 2018-2020, with a vision to 2030, recently approved by Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.

The project will cover an area of 860.4ha, including the centre of the Co Loa Citadel and subordinate constructions at Co Loa, Duc Tu, Viet Hung and Uy No communes in the district.

Under the project, the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre will serve as a focal agency that monitors the implementation of the plan in accordance with current regulations of the State and the city.

The centre 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.

It will collaborate with the local departments of tourism, culture, and education to implement the project.

Accordingly, an exhibition centre will highlight the value and history of the site. More tours and visitor programmes will be established.

Tran Viet Anh, Director of the Thang Long – Hanoi Preservation Centre, said that last year, with support from the scientific research and consulting council for Hanoi’s Co Loa and ancient citadel preservation, the centre had fulfilled its mission to solve problems in researching and preserving the heritage.

He has asked the capital city’s cultural and historical management agencies to accelerate the preservation and restoration of Co Loa Citadel to ensure the original value of the city’s historical relics.



Co Loa Citadel was built during the end of the Hong Bang Dynasty (about 257 BC), about 20km to the north of today’s Hanoi.

It is a place of worship for King An Duong Vuong and Princess My Chau, who are mentioned in the legends that have been passed down many generations.

According to folklore, An Duong Vuong founded the ancient Vietnamese state of Au Lac and chose Co Loa as the capital city.-VNA