600-year-old wall found at heritage site

A 600-year-old wall dating back to the 15th century Le So Dynasty has been discovered inside Hanoi’s Thang Long Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage Site.

The wall is located near the Van Cao – Ho Tay area.

The remaining part of the construction shows that the original wall could reach 8 m in height and was well constructed, an archaeologist said.

Another researcher said the wall’s foundation dated back to the earlier Ly-Tran dynasties from AD 1,000 to 1,400. This shows a continuation of history, culture and construction techniques used to build the citadel through different dynasties from Ly to Le So, he said.

The researchers also found near the site a kiln from the 13th century Tran Dynasty and a large number of broken pottery pieces.

The original royal palaces and most of the structures of the Thang Long Imperial City (former Hanoi) were destroyed in the late 19th century and the ruins are still being excavated today.

Vietnam Idol participants to gather for concert

Participants of the TV singing contest Vietnam Idol in the past years will gather for a concert in HCMC next week.

Titled “Than Tuong Cua Nhung Than Tuong” (Idols of Idols), the show will include winner of Vietnam Idol 2010 Uyen Linh and other names such as Van Mai Huong, Leu Phuong Anh, Tra My and Thao Trang.

First launched in Vietnam in 2007, Vietnam Idol has become one of the most popular TV shows in the country with 40,000 people singing up for last year’s contest.

“Idol of Idols” will take place on December 12 at 8pm at Lan Anh Stage, 291 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, District 10.

Tickets cost from VND150,000 to VND 300,000 for general public and VND100,000 for students.

Scrap dealers find ancient ceramic jar

Scrap dealers in Hue city found a ceramic jar that may date back to the times of the Kingdom of Champa as they were picking scrap in the Huong River.

Ho Tan Phan, a researcher and antique collector in Hue, said the jar, which is 24 cm high, is similar to Cham ceramic jars in many aspects.

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