The People’s Committee of central Thanh Hoa province has approved the excavation of its Ho Dynasty Citadel as part of an archaeological project costing over 90 billion VND (4.23 million USD).

The venture, to run until 2020, aims at studying the cultural and physical vestiges of the citadel, providing historical evidence for scientific and educational purposes as well as improving its tourist attraction.

The Ho Dynasty Citadel was Vietnam’s capital under the Ho Dynasty (1398-1407).

Located in Vinh Tien and Vinh Long communes in Vinh Loc district, the citadel measures 870m by 883m and was built in 1397. It is the only citadel built entirely of stone in Vietnam and has remained relatively intact through history.

Also known as Tay Do Citadel, the ancient building is famous for being strategically located in a very secure defensive location.

The citadel itself includes constructions such as the Dan Nam Giao (a platform used for offerings to the heavens), Dong Mon communal house and Tam Tong temple.

However, after several centuries, many of the citadel's main structures have been seriously damaged, while the wall and four main entrances are still well preserved.

It was recognised as a World Heritage Site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in June 2011.-VNA