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Dong Hoi Ancient Citadel

Dong Hoi Ancient Citadel is a famous landmark that is associated with the land of Quang Binh. Coming here, you will visit the unique architecture and learn about a heroic time of the nation. Furthermore, this is also a work of great historical and cultural value in Quang Binh. Let’s explore this meaningful ancient citadel with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Dong Hoi Ancient Citadel?

Dong Hoi Ancient Citadel is located in Hai Dinh ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 180 km northwest of Hue city and about 500 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Dong Hoi ancient citadel unique?

This is a famous tourist destination that you should not miss when you have the opportunity to travel to Quang Binh. You will be able to witness with your own eyes famous relics, associated with the nation’s history.

Besides, Dong Hoi Citadel in Quang Binh is one of the tourist attractions with great cultural and historical value in this land. Next door is Khu Tuc Citadel – Champa Quang Binh also has its own unique features.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn more about this ancient citadel during the ups and downs of the Trinh – Nguyen period.

3. History of the formation of Dong Hoi ancient citadel

Dong Hoi ancient citadel was originally Tran Ninh citadel in the Dau Mau – Nhat Le citadel system built in 1631. This is the throat of the entire Dang Trong. Thanks to this fortress system, the Nguyen Dynasty was able to keep the southern border.

By the end of the 18th century, the Nguyen Dynasty was increasingly weakened, and Lord Trinh attacked Dang Trong. Taking advantage of Lord Nguyen’s disintegration, Lord Trinh attacked Dang Trong again. Thirty thousand Trinh troops easily captured the citadel and marched straight to Phu Xuan.

Under the Tay Son dynasty, in 1786, Nguyen Hue marched to Thuan Hoa to fight the Trinh army and marched to Dong Hai station, capturing the Tran Ninh stronghold. From Dong Hai station, the insurgents marched to Thang Long, unifying the country. The Tay Son army not only did not destroy the citadel but also repaired the citadel to make it more solid.

Besides, under the reign of King Gia Long the 10th in 1811, the court restored the citadel, using this place as the workplace of the administrative apparatus and calling it Quang Binh citadel.

When King Minh Mang succeeded the throne, he had the citadel redesigned. In 1842, King Thieu Tri ordered the citadel to be repaired and strengthened. The citadel has the shape of a “star fruit zone”, in which there are 4 large zones and 4 small zones located in the Southwest – Northeast and Northwest – Southeast directions.

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4. How to get to Dong Hoi ancient citadel from the city center?

From Tam Toa Church in Dong Hoi city, you go through Nguyen Du street and then Quach Xuan Ky street. It only takes about 10 minutes of walking to discover historical evidence in Dong Hoi ancient citadel.

In addition, you can also travel to locations in the city by tram, taxi, motorbike taxi, or even on foot. This place is very close to Quang Binh Quan – also one of the famous tourist destinations.

5. Exploring the beauty of Dong Hoi ancient citadel

To fully experience the beauty, antiquity and solemnity of Dong Hoi ancient citadel, visitors should consider the following experiences:

5.1. Visiting the unique architecture of Dong Hoi Citadel

Dong Hoi Citadel is famous for its unique architecture. Regardless of the period, the citadel has its own unique colors. In 1812, Dinh Bac Truong Thanh was built on the same land where Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen built Dong Hai fortress and Tran Ninh rampart in the past.

In 1824, the citadel was rebuilt with highly fired bricks. The brick is large, measuring 3 x 0.3 x 0.06 and 0.28 x 0.14 x 0.06 m. In addition, the mortar used to build the citadel was made from molasses mixed with sand, unlike any other architectural work. Moreover, the citadel was also built in the style of a military citadel, with a unique ridge shape.

5.2 Admiring the East Gate of Dong Hoi ancient citadel

Dong Hoi Citadel’s East Gate is located on Le Duan Street, close to Nhat Le River and estuary. This is a very important section of Quang Binh citadel that still remains today. Before that, 3 gates and 2 bridges in the South and North were destroyed by the US imperialists. During the period 2002-2009, the Dong Citadel gate was restored and embellished by Quang Binh province to retain the evidence of the past, meeting the needs of tourists to visit and learn about history.

5.3 Visiting Quang Binh Gate

Quang Binh Gate is located in the Luy Thay system in the center of Dong Hai ward, built in 1631. This is an ancient wall system holding the Imperial Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty, with a strategic position in protecting the main North – South road. and waterway at Nhat Le river mouth. Previously, Quang Binh Gate was almost completely destroyed, but has now been restored.

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6. Enjoying Quang Binh specialties when visiting Dong Hoi ancient citadel

Besides visiting and admiring the beautiful landscapes and meaningful historical relics in Dong Hoi city. You also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

6.1 Bot loc cake

Banh loc cake is a familiar dish to us, it is available in many localities and each locality will have a different way of preparing it to create the typical flavor of that region. If you have the opportunity to enjoy Quang Binh tapioca cake, you will also feel the unique delicious taste.

The steamed tapioca cake is wrapped in banana leaves to keep the toughness of the dough, adding a little shrimp to bring sweetness, the fatty taste of wood ear mushrooms mixed with fatty meat; Banh loc is only boiled quickly in boiling water and then combined with fish sauce, dried onions, and fresh red chili… just thinking about it, it stimulates the taste buds because it’s salty, sweet, sour, spicy…

6.2 Banh xeo

Banh Xeo is one of the famous specialty cakes of Quang Binh. Quang Binh pancake is different in that the main ingredient used to make it is red rice.

When the cake is ripe, it has evenly embossed patterns. When enjoying, it will be with all the accompanying dishes: Banana fish, salad, raw vegetables, rice paper and dipping sauce. The delicate combination makes the delicious taste blend in your mouth when you enjoy it.

6.3 Sea snakes

Sea snakes are raw materials to make Quang Binh specialty dishes that cannot be missed when traveling such as: Sea snake blood wine, sea snake porridge, sea snake stewed with lemongrass and chili or stewed with traditional medicine, minced sea snake eaten with rice paper, Sea snake rolls, grilled snake rolled in betel leaves, sea snake rolls,…

6.4 Khoai fish hotpot

Khoai fish, also known as Chao fish – this type of fish is abundant in winter, from October to December of the lunar calendar. Especially since both the meat and bones are very soft, very delicious when enjoyed hot and with vegetables, so it is very suitable for preparing hot pot dishes.

In winter, you can gather with family and friends to enjoy Khoai fish hotpot with the sweet, soft taste of fish combined with the fresh taste of vegetables. Add a little spiciness from the chili and the rich taste of the broth, and there’s nothing better than it.

6.5 Porridge soup

Porridge soup (also called noodle porridge by Quang Binh people) – One of the dishes with a rather strange name for tourists.

Quang Binh porridge soup with delicious flavor is famous for its rich, persistent and unforgettable flavor of tapioca or rice flour soup. The sweetness of the broth, the combination of shrimp and lean meat served with ram rolls.

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7. Accommodation when traveling to Dong Hoi ancient citadel

Because Quang Binh is one of the tourist centers in Vietnam, so don’t worry about where to stay when traveling to Dong Hoi ancient citadel. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

7.1 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.2 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

Famous for its heroic historical sites, Quang Binh always has a special appeal on the Vietnamese tourism map. In addition to Dong Hoi ancient citadel, you will visit many famous destinations and enjoy many delicious and attractive dishes.

What are you waiting for? Contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, to book a Quang Binh tour right now. We will accompany you on your journey to discover beautiful destinations in Quang Binh and commit to bringing you a memorable vacation with unforgettable experiences.

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