On a karst outcrop, a twenty minute climb up stone steps above the Hoa Lu Citadel. |
In 968, Dinh Bo Linh (923–979) ascended to the throne and took the name of King Dinh Tien Hoang and reunified the country under the name of Dai Co Viet with Hoa Lu was its capital. However, his reign did not last long. In 980 a palace guard murdered both Dinh Bo Linh and his eldest son Dinh Lien in their sleep.