The Sino-Vietnamese name Quảng Trị (廣治) was given by Vietnamese Confucian administrators.
A major feature of the town is the Quảng Trị Citadel, built in 1824, as a military bastion during the 4th year of the reign of Minh Mạng. It is an example of Vauban architecture and it later became the administrative head office of the Nguyễn Dynasty in Quảng Trị Province (1809 -1945).
During the Vietnam War, when the province was the South's border with North Vietnam, it suffered a major attack in the January 1968 Tet Offensive and it was the only South Vietnamese provincial capital to be captured by the North Vietnamese forces for a limited period in the 1972 Offensive.
- Quang Tri Citadel Vietnam Tourism Information Vietnam Tourism Association
- Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation Charles Keith - 2012 -- Page 164 "... the La Vang pilgrimage were new modes of travel, communication, and publicity. In 1913, the future bishop Hồ Ngọc Cẩn wrote an article in Nam Kỳ Địa Phận giving directions to pilgrims coming to La Vang on the newly built colonial railway.... get off (Quảng trị), what roads to take to get to Cổ Vưu (the starting point of the pilgrimage), what sights to see along the way ...
- The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue
- Photographic history of the 1968 Tet Offensive at Quang Tri City
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