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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The officials also paid tribute to the first Ly Dynasty monarch’s predecessors: Emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh in the former capital of Hoa Lu, in present-day Ninh Binh Province, about 100 kilometres south of Hanoi.

Emperor Ly Thai To was born as Ly Cong Uan in 974 in a village in today’s Bac Ninh Province and later became a general under the early Le Dynasty.

In November 1009, he assumed the throne and established the Ly Dynasty, which would last for more than 200 years.

The following year, he decided to transfer the capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La and renamed it Thang Long, meaning ascending dragon, opening a new period of glorious development for the Vietnamese capital city.

In the solemn atmosphere of Hoa Lu, Hanoi leaders expressed their gratitude to the emperors who are credited with developing and defending the nation.

They pledged to build on Thang Long’s traditions and make Hanoi increasingly wealthy, beautiful and civilised.

On the same day, Hanoi Deputy Secretary Ngo Thi Thanh Hang paid tribute to Emperor Ly Thai To at Den Do Shrine, which is dedicated to the eight emperors of the Ly Dynasty.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News