Ly Thai To Statue
Hanoi, Vietnam

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Ly Thai To Statue stands on a prominent spot at Indira Gandhi Park, one of the major parks in Hanoi. It is a memorial to the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty.

Statue of King Ly Thai To at Indira Gandhi Park.

The Ly Dynasty reigned over the land that is now Vietnam for more than two hundred years, from 1009 to 1225AD. The dynasty was founded by one Ly Cong Uan, who changed his name to Ly Thai To when he ascended the throne. It was Ly Thai To who moved the capital to Thang Long, near present-day Hanoi, and this move resulted in the eventual founding of Hanoi as a city and present-day capital.

Buddhism was the state religion during the Ly dynasty. The Ly monarchs founded over 150 monasteries around the Thang Long region. The Ly Dynasty came to an end in 1225 when a shrew commoner by the name of Tran Canh married the last queen of the Ly Dynasty and manoeuvered his way to the throne, founding the Tran Dynasty in the process.

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Ly Thai To Statue is in Indira Gandhi Park, on the east side of Ho Hoan Kiem, the Lake of the Returned Sword. If you are walking south along Dinh Tien Hoang street, it is on your left side. The one and only massive statue you will see is that of Ly Thai To.

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