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

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Outstanding places to visit in Co Loa city

Co Loa Relic has many attractive attractions as one of Vietnam’s largest and most unique ancient castles.

Relics of An Duong Vuong Temple

Cung Thuong (The fist palace) is located on the land that was formerly the royal palace
Cung Thuong (The Upper palace) is located on the land that was formerly the royal palace – Source: Internet

The An Duong Vuong Temple, also known as the Upper Temple, was built on a hill formerly the king’s palace. The temple faces south, and the main buildings in the temple are located on the axis of Courage (Shinto). The temple has An Duong Vuong statue cast in bronze and countless historical relics, wooden antiques, porcelain, and cloth.

Pearl Well Monuments (Gieng Ngoc)

Gieng Ngoc - Ngoc Well
Gieng Ngoc – Pearl Well Monuments – Source: Internet

In front of the Thuong temple is a large lake; in the middle is an ancient well – where Trong Thuy threw himself. According to legend, if you use the water in this well to wash pearls, the pearls will be brighter. Therefore, this well was named Ngoc Well. This is also the most attractive place to visit in Co Loa City.

Ngoc Well has a circular arc shape, and the naturally curved bank is embanked with stone, surrounded by walkways and trees. Previously, the lake was connected to the trenches of the two outer walls and the east-south bank of the exterior wall. According to legend, Princess My Chau and Trong Thuy often sailed around this lake before the war broke out.

Am Ba Chua relics

Headless stone statue in Am Ba Chua
Headless stone statue in Am Ba Chua – Source: Internet

Am Ba Chua, or My Chau tomb, works behind a thousand-year-old tree. In the am, there is a statue of My Chau – a natural stone shaped like a headless person. Legend has it that My Chau transformed into a large rock drifting to Duong Cam beach, east of Loa Thanh after death. The people brought the hammock to the stretcher; to the root, the hammock broke, causing the rock to fall. And when the people saw it, they set up a temple there and called it Amos, the Lady of the Lord.

Cao Lo Temple Relics

Cao Lo Temple Relics - Source: Internet
Cao Lo Temple Relics – Source: Internet

Cao Lo Temple is also a place many people visit when visiting the Co Loa citadel. Cao Lo was a talented general under King Thuc Chao, the creator of the Lien Chau crossbow, shot many arrows simultaneously, and helped the king build the citadel.

To remember his merit, the people cast statues and built temples. Cao Lo Temple has a small scale; in the middle of the pond, in front of the temple, a statue of Cao Lu holding a crossbow. In the temple, there are still many copper arrows excavated by archaeologists.

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

Ngu Trieu Di Quy relic – Co Loa communal house

Ngu Trieu Di Quy relic
Ngu Trieu Di Quy relic – Source: Internet

Di Quy Dynasty is located on the foundation of the old dynasty palace, transferred from elsewhere and rebuilt at the end of the 18th century. The communal house is located near the middle of the inner city, about 300 m east of An Duong Vuong temple, and to the west is Am My Chau. The communal house has the most solid and sturdy architecture in Co Loa, displaying many archaeological relics.

Ngu Trieu Di Quy has a Nghi Nghi section built in a 2-story style, with a false roof with pipe tiles. The entrance has 2 doors, 1 central 2 adjacent to the wall forming a separation in front. On the left is the road to Am My Chau; between the communal house is a four-quarter and four-spirit-shaped hammock door.

Display area of archaeological artifacts in Co Loa

Ngu Trieu Di Quy has a Nghi Nghi section built in a 2-story style, with a false roof with pipe tiles. The entrance has 2 doors, 1 central 2 adjacent to the wall forming a separation in front. On the left is the road to Am My Chau; between the communal house is a four-quarter and four-spirit-shaped hammock door.

Read more: The reason makes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum become one of Hanoi tourist attractions

What to eat when visiting and traveling Co Loa citadel

Coming to Co Loa, the first dish you must try is Ve Trang vermicelli – a general specialty of Ve Trang village and Dong Anh. Ve Trang vermicelli fiber is more significant than usual and is slightly cloudy; it feels crispy and chewy when eating.

In addition, near the citadel area, there are many delicious eateries for visitors to choose from. In particular, the most famous is the famous Co Loa mussel porridge. Porridge is sold inside the market, only 2 hours from 14h – 16h is finished.

The ingredients of the porridge are mussels caught from the Hoang Giang River, chewy, fatty and very sweet. Porridge is often served with sticky rice and salted tomatoes, which are both anti-fatigue and add flavor. Each mussel porridge bowl here is cheap, only 15,000 VND/ bowl.

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