Last update 7/20/2012 2:00:41 PM (GMT+7)

Co Loa Citadel to become cultural-ecological park
The Ministry of Construction has submitted plans to the Prime Minister for preserving, restoring and developing Co Loa Citadel in Hanoi.
Under the plan Co Loa Citadel would be developed into a cultural-ecological park and a national historical relic covering a total 860ha, spanning the communes of Co Loa, Duc Tu, Uy No and Viet Hung in Dong Anh District.

The plan includes new zoning rules and solutions for preserving and restoring the relic areas for tourism development, particularly those with high cultural and historical value, in addition to new regulations on construction and investment management of the citadel.

The plan also mentions solutions to build natural ecological spaces of agriculture, green parks and gardens. It would also include water management plans that would clean bodies of water and ensure their connection to the surrounding water system.

If approved, the plan would be carried out in one year.

Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that the city will develop six key tourism clusters from now until 2020, focusing on cultural, spiritual, ecological and shopping.

These include Son Tay-Ba Vi, Huong Son-Quan Son, and Soc Temple- Dong Quan Lake, Van Tri-Co Loa. The others are located in the city centre: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum and Relic Complex inside the Presidential Palace, as well as the One-pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, the 36 ancient streets of the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake and surrounding areas.