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One of TOP Hanoi Tourist places: Co Loa Citadel holding the legend of An Duong Vuong crossbow (Part 1)

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Dong Anh is a land with a rich cultural and historical tradition, famous for its 9 spiral walls over 2,000 years old. Returning to Co Loa citadel is about the legendary stories of the god crossbow: An Duong Vuong, My Chau, Trong Thuy. Not only that, this place also marks visitors’ hearts with its unique architecture, preserved and preserved to this day.

Some features of Co Loa Citadel

Many works in the Co Loa citadel relic are ranked as National Relics
Many works in the Co Loa citadel relic are ranked as National Relics – Source: Internet

Co Loa Citadel, also known as Loa Thanh, is an ancient citadel related with the mythology of An Duong Vuong’s construction of the citadel and the My Chau – Trong Thuy story. This citadel was built in the 3rd century BC, the capital of Au Lac country, now in the territory of Dong Anh district, Hanoi capital.

Co Loa Citadel has great historical significance, showing the creativity and technical level of the ancient Vietnamese. With those factors, Loa Thanh has become an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists traveling to Hanoi. The works in the relics such as Co Loa Temple, Thuong Temple, Ba Chua Am, Ngoc Well… still welcome visitors to visit and admire.

Update the ticket price to visit the latest Co Loa

Co Loa tourist area is open to visitors from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Entrance ticket price is only 5,000 – 10,000 VND/ person, free tickets for children under 15 and people with meritorious services to the Revolution. The incense ceremony costs 600,000 VND/ group, and the fee for hiring a tour guide ranges from 300,000 VND/ guide.

The ideal time to travel to Co Loa

Cung Thuong (The fist palace) is located on the land that was formerly the royal palace
Cung Thuong (The fist palace) is located on the land that was formerly the royal palace

If you want to see the scenery, you can visit this monument in any season of the year as you like. However, the most beautiful is still in the summer – when flowers by mausoleums and phoenix flowers bloom. At this time, the weather is also quite pleasant, sunny suitable for outdoor sightseeing activities.

If you want to experience the festive atmosphere, visitors should come to Co Loa City on January 5-6. This is the time of Co Loa Festival, a festival to honor the merit of An Duong Vuong in building and creating Au Lac state.

Read more: One of TOP Hanoi Tourist places: Co Loa Citadel holding the legend of An Duong Vuong crossbow (Part 2)

The unique architecture of Co Loa city

The architecture of Co Loa citadel has a highly characteristic spiral shape; the name Loa Thanh also comes from the shape of the citadel. According to records, the city has 9 spirals; only 3 circles remain today. The citadel structure is divided into 3 zones: inner citadel, loyal citadel, and external citadel, a meandering shape with many unique architectural works.

The outer wall

A part of the moat remains
A part of the moat remains – Source: Internet

The outer wall has a circumference of about 8 km, built by excavating the earth to where the trench is, building the wall, and building an adjacent rampart. The old ramparts are 4 – 5 m high, with places up to 8 – 12 m high. It is estimated that the total amount of soil here is about 2.3 million m3.

The second wall

The central wall has a circumference of 6.5 km; the structure is relatively similar to the outer wall. However, the area of the city is narrower and somewhat more solid.

The inner city

The 3-ring structure is extremely solid and solid
The 3-ring structure is extremely solid and solid – Source: Internet

The inner city of Co Loa city has an area of about 2 km2, formerly the residence of An Duong Vuong and her court, beautiful women and officials in the court. Today, the inner city is used as a place to worship An Duong Vuong and Princess My Chau; many architectural works belonging to the relics are also gathered in this castle.

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Means and ways to move to Co Loa citadel

Co Loa Citadel is located in Dong Anh District, more than 20 km from the center of Hanoi’s Capital. Tourists can visit this ancient city by many different means. In particular, buses are still the means of choice for many people because of their convenience and low price. From Hanoi, there are many bus routes through Co Loa, and the ticket price is only 7,000 – 9,000 VND/ trip; depending on the starting point, you can choose the appropriate path.

  • Near My Dinh area: Bus line 46.
  • Close to Hanoi Railway Station and Thong Nhat Park: Bus line No. 43.
  • Long Bien transfer point: Bus lines 15 and 17.
  • Near Nhu Quynh area and University of Agriculture: Bus route No. 59.

In addition to buses, personal vehicles such as cars and motorbikes are also suitable for traveling to Co Loa city. Visitors can refer to the following travel routes:

  • Thang Long Bridge: City center – Pham Van Dong – Thang Long Bridge – Hai Boi – 6 km road – National Highway 3 – Co Loa.
  • Chuong Duong Bridge is accessible via the following routes: City Center – Chuong Duong Bridge – Nguyen Van Cu – Dong Tru Bridge – Tien Hoi – National Highway 3 – Co Loa.
  • The direction of Nhat Tan Bridge: City center – Nhat Tan Bridge – Road 5 extended – National Highway 3 – Co Loa.

To be continued

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