During the four-day celebration of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1), tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the Son Tay ancient citadel, the fourth pedestrian zone in the city put into service this holiday.
Located around 40 kilometers away from downtown Hanoi, the Son Tay ancient citadel was built in 1822 under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang, with unique architecture for the walls, gates, the flagpole, and others.
It is one of the four most famous and stunning citadels in northern Vietnam.
|A military aircraft of the Vietnam Air Force displayed at the Son Tay ancient citadel attracts many children. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
It was also recognized as a national historical relic site in 1994.
In contrast to the hustle and bustle seen at the citadel in the evening, visitors can stroll leisurely around it and relish a breath of fresh air under old-tree shade in the suburbs at the end of the afternoon.
At the newly-opened pedestrian zone, throngs of local people discover the most unique and ancient military architecture in Vietnam.
The pedestrian zone also houses a wide range of activities in terms of sports, street art, Vietnamese traditional art, a zone offering street food, and ‘One Commune One Product’ items.
Outside the citadel, visitors can take a boat tour around a moat to enjoy the fresh air.
|In contrast to the hustle and bustle seen at the Son Tay ancient citadel in the evening, visitors can stroll leisurely around it and relish a breath of fresh air under old-tree shade in the suburbs at the end of the afternoon. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
“As a Son Tay resident, we are so proud and happy that this new pedestrian route was opened,” said Tran Van Ly, a 58-year-old local resident.
“We’d like to welcome visitors to the Son Tay ancient citadel in our hometown.”
Phan Thi Huong, who traveled for over 10 kilometers with her family to visit the new pedestrian route, said she was amazed by the beauty of the ancient citadel.
“My husband and I used to only take our two kids to the supermarket or the square,” Huong shared.
“Now it surprises us that the pedestrian route is filled with fresh air.
“Our kids are thrilled to take photos with the military aircraft on display here.
“We will take the kids to this place more often.”
|A pedestrian zone around the Son Tay ancient town is the fourth of its kind in Hanoi, opened to the public in celebration of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1). Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
|The pedestrian zone houses a wide range of activities in terms of sports, street art, and Vietnamese traditional art. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
|The pedestrian zone also includes an area featuring unique military architecture art and antique items. In this supplied photo, a cannon under the name of Emperor Quang Trung of the Tay Son Dynasty was used in a campaign against foreign invaders. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
|The fresh air in the suburbs is ideal for family trips during holidays. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre
|A group of visitors wearing ‘ao dai’ (Vietnam’s traditional costume) pose for a photo at the Son Tay ancient citadel. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre