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Ha Noi: Operating the Hoan Kiem - Thang Long Imperial Citadel electric bus route during the Lunar New Year

03 February 2024 | 07:50:00 AM

To serve residents and tourists having fun during Tet holiday, the Thang Long - Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Center coordinates with the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District, Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company to launch the service "Travel Ha Noi by electric bus tour" at 9:30 am on 5th February 2024 (ie 26th day of 12th month of lunar calendar).


Electric bus tour in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi (Photo: hanoi.gov.vn)

Thereby, the electric bus tour route will depart: Dinh Tien Hoang (starting point - Bo Ho electric bus station) - Hang Dao - Hang Ngang - Hang Buom - Ma May - Hang Bac - Hang Ngang - Hang Duong - Dong Xuan - Hang Giay - Quan Thanh - Nguyen Bieu - the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (last point).

Return: the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (starting point - Gate No. 9 Hoang Dieu Street) - Hoang Dieu - Hoang Van Thu - Hung Vuong - Phan Dinh Phung - Hang Cot - Hang Luoc - Hang Ma - Hang Chieu - Dao Duy Tu - Ma May - Hang Bac - Hang Bo - Luong Van Can - Le Thai To - Hang Khay - Dinh Tien Hoang (last point).

From 1st to 9th February 2024 (i.e. from 22nd day to 30th day of the 12th month of lunar calendar), the units implemente a free promotion programme from Hoan Kiem Lake to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, with 10 vehicles operating continuously throughout the day.

​In addition to the electric bus tour route, the Thang Long - Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Center will organise a programme to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam (3rd February 1930 - 3rd February 2024) and celebrate the Tet holiday 2024 - Year of the Dragon.

Carp releasing ceremony at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Photo: hanoi.gov.vn)

The Thang Long - Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Center will organise the Vietnamese New Year display programme to welcome the Year of the Dragon 2024 with many activities recreating unique traditional rituals lasting from 2nd February (23rd day of the 12th month of lunar calendar) to 18th February (9th day of Lunar New Year) with the meaning "Let go of the old, welcome the new". The programme includes a series of rituals such as: Ong Cong Ong Tao ceremony (Kitchen God Day), Ban Soc Ceremony (calendar release ceremony), Phat Thuc Ceremony, Thuong Tieu Ceremony (raising Neu ceremony), Spring Opening Ceremony, Seal Opening Ceremony…

Accordingly, the traditional folk Lunar New Year exhibition space takes place from 20th January, recreates the Tet living space of a citizen family in the capital with customs such as worshipping ancestors and gods, hanging Tet pictures, Tet couplets, lighting Tet firecrackers, wrapping chung cake, asking for  calligraphy, New Year wishes, happy new year, Tet flower hobby…

The Royal Tet exhibition space will introduce to people and tourists the Lunar New Year celebration of the Le Trung Hung period. According to ancient tradition, the New Year's Eve ceremony was held in the early morning of the first day with a solemn royal ceremony, taking place at Kinh Thien palace yard.

This year, for the first time, the Thang Long - Ha Noi Heritage Conservation Center presents the 3D movie "Feast of the Le Dynasty". The movie will bring visitors a 360-degree experience, recreating the solemn and unique atmosphere of the New Year's Eve ceremony at the ancient royal palace with rituals such as: Procession Bieu (the essay to the king) to the courtyard of Kinh Thien Palace; Carrying the king's palanquin to Kinh Thien Palace; declaration ceremony…

Notably, for the first time, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long will kick off and put into use the automatic guide system (auto guide) from 5th February, equipped with headphones for visitors to explain throughout the tour.

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