Held by the Thang Long – Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre, the exhibition aims to highlight the role and vision of King Ly Thai To in moving the capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La and then renaming Thang Long 1010 years ago. During 11 centuries, Thang Long has been the country’s cultural and political centre, also beingthe site of the country’s most important events. Under the Nguyen Dynasty, the capital was transferred to Hue. But soon after the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Thang Long returned as the Capital, with the name Hanoi. Hanoi continued as the capital of the new Socialist Republic of Vietnam when the country was finally reunited.

The more than 100 pictures and documents at the exhibition are divided into three parts, including King Ly Thai To and his decision to move the capital; Thang Long Citadel; and Ha Noicapital.

Of these, the first part outlines the life and career of King Ly Thai To; his home town; an overview of the ancient capital HoaLu (Ninh Binh province) and the millennial vision King Ly Thai To gave via the Thien do chieu (Edict on the Transfer of the Capital). Through the exhibition, the visitors have a chance tolearn about the heavenly journey of moving the capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La. The exhibition also introduces the Thang Long Citadel under the Ly Dynasty, its unique values, and archaeological artifacts about the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long under the Ly Dynasty.

The second part showcases pictures and documents on the ups and downs of the capital through different dynasties; its achievements, and the beauty of Thang Long Imperial Citadel under the Tran and Le dynasties.

The third part tells the historical story of Hanoi since it was recognised as the capital in 1945. Of these, there are the memorable historical moments when Vietnamese liberation forces entered the capital in 1954 and the capital’s joy when the country was completely unified.

The highlight capital is the achievements of Hanoi during the Doi Moi (renovation) process. In particular, Hanoi has become more and more integrated into the world, having been given the title ‘A City for Peace’ by UNESCO. Hanoi is also known as a safe and friendly destination, with consistent successes of many international events.

The exhibition continues until the end of October 2020.