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Dien Khanh Citadel

Dien Khanh Citadel

Located west of Highway 1 in the town of Dien Khanh, Dien Khanh district, 11 km to Nha Trang, located, Dien Khanh Ancient Citadel was ranked as a national-level historic vestige in 1988. It was built in 1793 in the reign of Nguyen Lords.

Dien Khanh Citadel has the popular Western military architecture in the centuries VII-VIII. Dien Khanh is built as a military architectural ensemble of Vauban style, a popular military model in the17-18th century in Europe. Surrounding the citadel is higher land with total area is approximately 36 000 meters square. The outside walls create a hexagon with total wall length of 2693 meters. Tours in Indochina

The outer face was vertically constructed while the inner was a little bit sloping by two terraces forming a favorable pavement. Inside the corners, there were large fields which were convenient for military resident. On the top of corners there stood fortresses of 2 meters high with canons above. On the roof of the citadel, there planted closet bamboo and other barricade trees. Surrounding the citadel is a moat, which is 3 – 4 meters deep, some places are even 5 meters deep. Moat-surface width is uneven in every place and in the range from 15 m to 40 m, and it is often full of water flowing in from Cai River. Outside the moat, a path is banked for patroling and transporting.

Western military architecture

Western military architecture

At first the citadel had 6 gates but nowadays it remains only 4 ones which are East Gate, West Gate, Front Gate (to the South), Back Gate (to the North). There had been here royal palace, private residents of feudal mandarins, warehouses and jails, etc. The Dien Khanh also became the headquarters of the insurgent army Can Vuong – first day of the Khanh Hoa has meant tokens against the French. Vietnam travel packages

East Gate

East Gate

This site is actually a stop on some tour itineraries, you will pass through it on the way to Yang Bay Falls. After you turn off Route 1 on the way to the falls you will pass through two gates, about two stories high, which are all that remain of an 18th century citadel. They have guard towers above the archways, and a couple metres of old earthen ramparts – they are so narrow traffic that you can only pass through in one direction at a time, controlled by traffic lights.

The People’s Committee of the central province of Khanh Hoa has decided to move all administrative offices, army units and schools out of Dien Khanh ancient citadel, transforming this area into a walking area in order to attract more visitors.

Dien Khanh is one of the oldest citadels in the south of Vietnam and it is one of the precious vestiges for studying ancient citadels. Visit it to love Vietnam more.

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