Excavating Hai Van Gate (7 pics)

Hai Van Gate, located at an altitude of 490 meters above sea level, was built in the Tran Dynasty and restored in the Nguyen Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang in 1826. This was a military defense complex with many buildings, including fortification system, warehouses, and fortresses, etc. According to Hue Monuments Conservation Center, the excavation of Hai Van Gate is aimed to explore the traces of surrounding walls, and defense posts, etc., with the purpose of conservation, research and set up the best plans to restore it as Hai Van Gate has been recognized as a National Historical Monument for more than a year.

Although the excavation is in progress, Hai Van Gate always attracts visitors from all over the country as well as the world over. When visitors go to Hai Van Gate, they not only can admire and learn about the monument, but also have a chance to enjoy the majestic beauty of Vietnam’s mountains and rivers.


Lang Co Bay is seen from the watchtower. Photo: Hoang Hai