Architecture of Vietnam in Ly Dynasty

During the 11th century, while a united feudal state was developing, the Ly Dynasty initiated a new phase of architectural development.


     Generally, the architecture of the Ly Dynasty, during the 11th and 12th centuries, included five orthodox structures: citadels, palaces, castles, pagodas, and houses.

     The Thang Long Citadel was a complex of palaces, many of which were three or four floor temples. The characteristics of the tower pagoda deeply reflected the culture of Thang Long at that time. The architectural contributions of the Ly Dynasty included residential complexes, more ornamental roofs, doors, door-steps, banisters, and rounded statues, all suitably designed for the climate and traditional customs of Viet Nam. Simultaneous to the development of royal palaces, streets, markets, and both ground and still houses of popular architectural design were developed.

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