Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the tourist destination which will bring you to a few imperial capitals.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Landscapes surrounding Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

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Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival.

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The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital lays in a flat valley surrounded by the Trang An lime stone mountains.

Hoa Lu is some 110km or two hours from Hanoi.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet.

Hoa Lu is the capital of Dai Co Viet (the ancient capital name of Vietnam) and nowadays it is belonged to Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is far from Hanoi around 100km to the south.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital History:

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is large around 300ha in the past, and it is surrounded by a lot of the rocky mountains and the mighty landscape. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the national relic complex where is very important of Vietnam as well as this area is belonged to Trang An complex where is also considered as one of the heritage complex by UNESCO. The relic system in Hoa Lu is related to the career of the important persons in the history belong to three dynasties of Dinh, Tien and Le. Although passed a long time, this area is still kept its own original architecture, the houses where kings stayed at here is still protected and kept very carefully, there are also some parts that were broken but it was embellish and restored, so that the tourist arrive here still see and feel about what was happened in the past at here. 

According to the historical and cultural researchers is Hoa Lu has many meanings, but there are two main meanings: Hoa Lu means Hoa Lau (Lau Flower) or Lang Hoa (Flower Garden). Hoa Lu Capital in the past has been existed 42 years from 968 to 1010. Among, the first 12 years has been ruled under Dinh dynasty, King Dinh Bo Linh with the label is Dinh Tien Hoang, he chose Hoa Lu is the capital of the country and the country’s name is Dai Co Viet. The next 29 years has ruled under Ly dynasty, King Le Hoan with the label Le Dai Hanh. Then, one last year of Ly dynasty, Kinh Ly Thai To before he moved Hoa Lu capital to Thang Long, Hanoi.

Sightseeing around Hoa Lu Ancient Capital:

Nowadays, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is still maintained a lot of the relics of the palaces, temples, pagodas, tombs with the cultural and historical value. This is also one of the most famous site where attracts a lot of the internal and international tourists to visit every year in Vietnam. Arrival to Hoa Lu, the tourist also have to chance to take a boat trip in Tam Coc because this site is located in a heritage complex of Trang An, you will have a chance to sit on a small wooden boat to move with the rice fields and the rock mountains surrounding, this area is called ” Halong Bay on land”, it is very beautiful and specially. Beside rowing a small boat in Tam Coc, you also have another chance to ride a bike in Bich Dong where is also located nearby Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, riding a bike in Bich Dong will bring you a countryside landscape, you will see Bich Dong cave, explore the daily life of the locals at here, take the most beautiful photos….

Food in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital:

Visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, you should not miss to try the locals food at here such as Com Chay, the goat meat this is the most famous food in Ninh Binh, you also should try a lot of the different local cakes at here…..There are also a lot of the small restaurants in the complex of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, if you visit this site from Hanoi, you will need to relax and have lunch in this complex because it takes around two hours by bus from the center of Hanoi to go here, after you complete to explore this site is it is time for you to enjoy your lunch at here. It is also not too expensive for you to try the special food in this area such the goat meat or Com Chay….

Travel Ninh Binh, the tourist should not miss this site because it is very worthwhile to visit and explore about the history of Vietnamese and the different dynasties of a country where is always considered as one of the safest country to travel and explore anything you want. You can catch bus from the center of Hanoi to go to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, then visit full sights in this area included take a boat trip in Tam Coc, ride a bike in Tam Coc, visit Bai Dinh Pagoda or rowing boat in Trang An complex. All this is worthwhile for you to discover once you travel to Ninh Binh Province as well as the northern Vietnam.

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