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A visit to Hoa Lu, the 10th century capital of Vietnam
During my recent sojourn of Vietnam, I devoted one day for visiting Hoa Lu, the first ancient capital of Vietnam of the 10th Century which is about 90 km south of Hanoi – the present capital city of the country.

It is said that the place was selected by the then Emperor Le because it is was surrounded by sharply rising karst mountains and a canal making it easy to defend it from enemy assaults.

The main tourist attractions are the Dinh Temple and the Le Temple with the statues of Le and his two sons. Also, the place has a One Pillar Pagoda besides a large number of monuments, tombs, and shrines. Here, the tourists and visitors get to see the old items used by the royal family in ancient times.

Being the ancient imperial capital, the place has a fortress and the structures on its premises are worth seeing. The capital is spread in about 300 hectares including outside area and inside area, surrounded by a series of rocky high-rise mountains presenting spectacular scenery and greenery.

Outside area belongs to Yen Thanh village and Truong Yen Commune which has the palace area along with Dinh and Le Temples which was visited and explored by me during my Vietnam trip in the second week of April.

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