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Đinh - Ly / Early Lê Dynasties - Ha Noi

Đinh - Ly / Early Lê Dynasties - Ha Noi
 Remnants from the Đinh and Early Lê period include 13 foundations from timber frame structures. The number of foundations shows that the area was an important urban area during the period.
When compared to the vestiges of the Đại La period« similarities and differences become apparent. 
 Yin columns continued to be the method used in construction. However, the wav they were constructed and reinforced is slightly different and was done to avoid sinking. This was done through using timber supported by river gravel and using caned stone for the column plinth. Evidence that trade with China was increasing is shown through the remnants of Chinese ceramics. However« Vietnamese ceramics were also found that originated in Thang Làng and Lũng Hòa (Vĩnh Phủc). Stoneware from Đương Xả (Bấc Ninh) and made during this period was also discovered. The largest cache of architectural remains have been dated to the Lý period. Remains include 53 architectural foundations, 7 wall foundations, 6 water wells and 13 drainage systems. One of the most important feature of architecture from this period lies in the development of city planning. The wooden structures from the Lý period all follow a north- south axis, despite being spread out over a large area indicating that the city had been planned before construction had begun.

The common plans for structures in the Lý period include rectangular, square hexagonal and octagonal« though rectangular ones outnumber the others. There are also remains of almost square structures. While there are buildings of many sizes and shapes, it is noteworthy fat dimensions on all the buildings can be divided by three, indicating a standardized measurement system. An important structural accomplishment of the Lý Dynasty was using stone buttresses that supported die column bases of wooden structures. These buttresses, with an average width of 110 -115 cm and usually dug about 150 - 300 cm below the base were reinforced with terra-cotta fragments and river gravel. One of the most iconic aspects of architecture during the Lý Dynasty is roof decorations. In particular is the use of decorated comer tiles. The most common styles were dragons and lotus leaves. One new designs that emerged in this period is the pipa-leaf, which was used only in Việt Nam and continued to be popular well into the later dynasties.
Update : 14-04-2016


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