Photographic Journey Through the Festivities of Thang Long Citadel

Visitors to Ba Dinh district of Hanoi have the chance to broaden their appreciation of the district's history through an outdoor photo exhibition of historical relics and festivals.


An exhibition called “Relic Sites, Festivals, and Imperial Rituals of Ba Dinh District” is currently taking place at Le Truc Flower Garden in Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. The exhibition is being held to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Capital Liberation Day, which occurred on October 10, 1954.

 The photo exhibition runs until October 12 at Le Truc Flower Garden, Ba Dinh District. Photo: VNA

The exhibition showcases a collection of 40 captivating images capturing the essence of Ba Dinh, a sacred and iconic district in the heart of the capital city. These images showcase the district’s rich history, showcasing its historic sites and lively festivals that bring the area to life.

The webpage showcases various festivals celebrated at the historic Thang Long Imperial Citadel. These festivals include the traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) rituals observed during the reign of the Le Trung Hung Dynasty (1533 – 1789), as well as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lunar New Year Festival, and Doan Ngo Festival, among others. Users can explore visual depictions of these festivals through interactive drawings. For more information, please refer to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

The district’s monuments are further showcased through captivating large-scale photographs displayed at the exhibition, embodying their inherent beauty.

Ba Dinh District has long been a significant hub of political activity in Vietnam. This district boasts numerous historic sites that bear witness to the country’s national resistance wars, such as the Hanoi Flag Pole, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and Temple of Literature. These remarkable landmarks contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam.

In 1010, King Ly Cong Uan relocated the capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La and bestowed upon it the new name of Thang Long. He specifically selected the Ba Dinh area as the site for the construction of the Imperial Citadel, which served as the residence for the feudal court and royal family. This piece of land holds a significant historical value, as it is regarded as the central core of the ancient Thang Long Citadel.

 The program commemorates the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the capital (October 10, 1954 – October 10, 2023). Photo: Ba Dinh District

For over a millennium, Ba Dinh has continued to be revered as a hallowed land inhabited by remarkable individuals. It is within its borders that the nation’s most significant historical happenings have unfolded.

On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, marking the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. This significant event marked the beginning of Vietnam’s journey towards national independence and the pursuit of socialism.

Currently, Ba Dinh District encompasses 14 wards and shares borders with the districts of Tay Ho, Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, and Cau Giay.

The district is currently focusing on preserving and promoting traditional cultural values in order to establish itself as a center of creativity and a popular tourist destination in Hanoi.

The Ba Dinh District authority is hosting an exhibition with a goal of promoting the cultural history and traditions of the district to officials and residents, particularly the younger generation, in order to foster an elegant and civilized lifestyle amongst the people of Hanoi.

Please note that the exhibition will be held until October 12th at Le Truc Flower Garden, located in Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District.

The photo exhibition promotes the beautiful landscapes and historical sites of Ba Dinh District. Photo: Ba Dinh District