Quang Tri Citadel
Quang Tri Citadel
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Quang Tri is a city in Quang Tri Province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. It is second of two municipalities in the province after the provincial capital Đong Ha. During the Vietnam War, when the province was the South's border with North Vietnam, it suffered a major attack in the January 1968 Tet Offensive and it was the only South Vietnamese provincial capital to be captured by th
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Tony Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Quang Tri Citadel,

- According to documents, at the beginning of Gia Long period, Quang Tri citadel was built in Tien Kien ward (Trieu Thanh - Trieu Phong), in 1809, King Gia Long moved to Thach Han commune (nowadays, belonging to Ward 2, Quang Tri town).

- The citadel was initially built with soil, and in 1837 Minh Mang king rebuilt it with bricks. The citadel has a square shape, the circumference of the walls is more than 2,000 m, 4 m high, 12 m thicker underfoot, surrounded by a trench system, four corners of the citadel are four fortresses jutting out. The citadel was built in the style of Vietnam stronghold with square walls surrounded by large bricks; Adhesive by lime, molasses and some other additives in folk. There are four main gates in the east, west, south and north.

- In the years 1809-1945, the Nguyen Dynasty took it as a military stronghold and an administrative headquarters. Since 1929, France has built a prison here and turned it into a place to detain those who have opposite political views.

- There were big battles here during the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1972. After the citadel campaign "Spring - Summer campaign 1972", the whole citadel was almost flattened; only one door of the East was left in its original shape and several sections of citadel walls and outer ditches were covered with trenches.

- In the 90s of the 20th century, the People's Committee of Quang Tri Province rebuilt the citadel to make a relic. A few sections of the city wall were restored, the four main gates were rebuilt, in the center of the cittadel was built a memorial marking 81 days and nights in 1972. The southwest corner erected a Modern house as a museum. All roads leading to the ruins and the interior of the Old Citadel are covered with cement, except for grass. Quang Tri citadel is considered by the people in the area as "Spiritual Land" because here any inch of land has bombs and blood and bones of soldiers on both sides.
Written 13 July 2020
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marthaemi
Colorado220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Quang Tri Citadel is a really wonderful stop. The 200 year-old citadel was pretty mush destroyed in the 81 day siege, but the original gate is there, with bullet holes. Its really sobering and sad. The museum on the grounds has some interesting pictures, and is worth stopping in. Well worth it, sad history.
Written 7 April 2019
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Lalit Surjan
Raipur, India249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
The 200 year old citadel was totally destroyed alongwith the Quang Tri town when american forces carpet bombed the town. Now, across the moat and the old entrance gate lies a beautiful garden and a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives for freedom from foreign occupation. In the garden I was delighted to see a beautiful sculpture of a soldier sitting in a peaceful pose.
Written 29 May 2018
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Bianca S
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
The grounds of the old citadel and visiting the museum is worth the little stop and detour. In Europe, people visit the remnants of war ghettos and concentration camps. In Vietnam, the utter and senseless destruction of the old citadel, with an 81 day siege is a sobering realisation of the absurdity of what happened 45 years ago
Written 25 April 2018
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bruno l
Paris, France836 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Citadel by itself was rather destroyed and no much thing left... even the entrance bridge & gate were rebuilt
However the museum inside worth a short stop and visit - with good show of pictures to measure the intensity of the fights in the area... impressive !
Written 29 January 2018
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Love P
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
If you are an enthusiast and love history, you shouldn't ignore this location when traveling to Quang Tri.
It is located in the center of Quang Tri Town and to display the artifacts of heroic martyrs during the American and Vietnamese war.
It would be great if you could go with a tour guide, you can more understand deeply about this.
Written 27 January 2018
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Joy C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
On the way driving home from Hoi An to Hanoi, our family visited Quang Tri Citadel.This historic spot is situated on the bank of Thach Han river. Built in 1809, this site became the tomb of tens of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers during the US war in Vietnam. We told our children about the sacrifice of those soldiers for national liberation then took them to burn incense to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers. After the visit, everyone felt touched.
Written 27 July 2017
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SirandMommie
British Columbia, Canada183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Quite a lot of history here. Very old location, with the Vietnamese dynasty in 1600s, then the French in the 1880s. The museum is very good, with lots of photos and explanations of the fierce fighting that occurred between the North and the South. July 27, 1972 is liberation day here, with lots of celebrations.

It's sad though that a lot of the original buildings, gates, etc are no longer in place. The moat itself is very impressive and goes round a huge area. The curators have done a lot to showcase the area, but there are acres with no buildings on site - as they are simply gone.

We went on quite a rainy day, which gave a much more sombre feel to the place.
Written 16 April 2017
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sydneyite1111
Sydney, Australia74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I think this It is near the DMZ and mine centre so you may as well visit. Not a lot to see but the ever present vendor will have something for sale including refreshments
Written 6 November 2016
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hoahip144
47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
This is no longer a citadel. So many anonymous soldiers sacrificed their lives to protect the citadel that today they turned it into a memorial place.

The museum is next to the worship place, and information about the war is revealed there.
Written 8 September 2015
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