The Ly Thai To Statue & Park is a memorial to the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty. The Ly Thai To Statue stands firmly on a popular spot at the popular Indira Gandhi Park. The Ly Dynasty reigned over the entire country of Vietnam for more than 200 years starting from 1009 to 1225 A.D. The dynasty was founded and initiated by Ly Cong Uan who eventually changed his name when he ascended to the throne. He then called himself King Ly Thai To instead. It was he who moved the capital of Vietnam to Dai La, which he renamed Thang Long. This initial move then resulted to the founding of Hanoi as a city until it eventually became the country’s present-day capital.
Buddhist was the Ly Dynasty’s major and state religion. The Ly monarchy established over 150 monasteries in the region of Thang Long alone. The Dynasty of Ly came to its closing stages in year 1225 with an insightful commoner, Tran Canh. He married the final queen of the Ly Dynasty and maneuvered his way up to the throne. That led to the founding of the Tran Dynasty. [Read more…]