Thăng Long–Hà Nội’s ten-day millennium starts

VGP – The 10-day celebration was officially opened today at the King Lý Thái Tổ Garden, kicking off a series of large-scale activities to mark the 1000th birthday of Thăng Long-Hà Nội.

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyễn Phú Trọng burns the torch to launch the grand anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội, October 1, 2010

The opening ceremony will be followed by cultural and art activities which are conducted between October 1-10 at many locations within Hà Nội and throughout the country.

The inauguration of the “Pottery Mural along the Red River,” is scheduled on October 5. It is reported that representatives from the Guinness World Records will grant the certificate of “World’s Longest Ceramic Mural” at the inauguration.

The most important event will be a national-level military march, the biggest ever organized so far in Việt Nam, on October 10 morning at the Ba Đình Square.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (L) confers the certificate recognizing the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long-Hà Nội as a World Heritage site to Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hà Nội Nguyễn Thế Thảo, Hà Nội, October 1, 2010

At the opening ceremony this morning, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova handed over the certificate recognizing the World Heritage of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long-Hà Nội.

By Hương Giang