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Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1397-1407
Date of Inscription: 2011
Location: Asia, Viet Nam, Thanh Hóa Province, Tây Giai commune
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Description: The 14th -century Ho Dynasty citadel, built according to the feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Viet Nam and its spread to other parts of east Asia. According to these principles it was sited in a landscape of great scenic beauty on an axis joining the Tuong Son and Don Son mountains in a plain between the Ma and Buoi rivers. The citadel buildings represent an outstanding example of a new style of south-east Asian imperial city. --WHMNet's description is from WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Citadel of Hồ Dynasty (Vietnamese: Thành nhà Hồ; also called Tây Đô castle or Tây Giai castle) is a citadel in Vietnam, constructed by the Hồ Dynasty (1400-1407). It is located in Tây Giai commune, Vĩnh Lộc district, in Thanh Hóa Province, in Vietnam's North Central Coast region. Its coordinates at 20°4′40″N 105°36′17″E / 20.07778°N 105.60472°E / 20.07778; 105.60472Coordinates: 20°4′40″N 105°36′17″E / 20.07778°N 105.60472°E / 20.07778; 105.60472. Tây Đô castle is rectangular in shape. Its north-south side is 870.5 m in length and its east-west side is 883.5 m in length. There are four gates: one at the south (fore gate), one at the north (back gate), one at the east (left gate), and one at the west (right gate). The southern gate is 9.5 m high and 15.17 m wide. The castle was constructed from stone blocks, each of which is 2 m x 1 m x 0.70 m size on average. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center ( 2. Wikipedia.
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