Quan Chuong Gate, a national relic site in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – In recent years, Hanoi has established itself as a magnet for visitors from both across the country and around the world, a status the city has achieved largely by bringing into play its long-standing heritages. The over-1,000-year-old city is currently home to more than 5,920 relic sites, ranging from historical, artchitectural – artistic and archaeological to landscapes, including 13 listed as special national relic sites. Notably, it boasts one UNESCO-recognised world heritage site (Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long), two on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Giong Festival of Phu Dong and Soc temples, and the sitting tug-of-war games and rituals at Tran Vu Temple), along with one on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding (ca tru singing). Being well aware of the value of local heritages, municipal authorities have been looking to tap these advantages. Efforts to boost heritage-based tourism An initiative to bring the old Hanoi closer to visitors and local residents is the pedestrian zone around Hoan Kiem Lake that is open every weekend from Friday night to Sunday night…. Read full this story
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