Dien Khanh District


Dien Khanh District
Diên Khánh District
—  District  —
Front gate of the old citadel of Dien Khanh
Country  Vietnam
Region South Central Coast
Province Khanh Hoa Province
Capital Dien Khanh
Area
 – Total 198.1 sq mi (513 km2)
Population (2003)
 – Total 134,118
Time zone UTC + 7 (UTC+7)

Dien Khanh (Vietnamese: Diên Khánh) is a district (huyện) of Khanh Hoa Province in the South Central Coastal region of Vietnam.

Dien Khanh Citadel

The Dien Khanh Citadel is situated on Dien Khanh Townlet, Dien Khanh District, Khanh Hoa Province. The Citadel was built by the French officer Olivier de Puymanel for Nguyễn Ánh in 1793 with an area of 36,000 square meters according to the Vauban military architecture which was popular in Western Europe in 17th - 18th centuries.

The citadel's wall was in an inequilateral hexagon of 3.5m height. The outer face was vertically constructed while the inner was a little bit sloping by two terraces forming a favorable pavement. Inside the corners, there were large fields which were convenient for military resident. On the top of corners there stood fortresses of 2m high with canons above. On the roof of the citadel, there planted closet bamboo and other barricade trees. Surrounding the citadel were moats of 4 to 5 meters deep, 10 meters wide, flooded by water.

At first the citadel had 6 gates but nowadays it remains only 4 ones which are East Gate, West Gate, Front Gate (to the South), Back Gate (to the North). There had been here royal palace, private residents of feudal mandarins, warehouses and jails...

Dien Khanh is one of the oldest citadels in the south of Vietnam and it is one of the precious vestiges for studying ancient citadels.

Wall leading to the Western gate.

As of 2003 the district had a population of 134,118.[1] The district covers an area of 513 km². The district capital lies at Dien Khanh.[1]


References

  1. ^ a b "Districts of Vietnam". Statoids. http://www.statoids.com/yvn.html. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 

Coordinates: 12°15′00″N 109°00′00″E / 12.250°N 109.000°E / 12.250; 109.000


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