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honoring Vietnam's ancestors

posted Apr 29, 2011, 12:35 AM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh   [ updated Apr 29, 2011, 12:51 AM ]
Hung temple is honored as the birthplace of the Vietnamese poeple. Home to an annual festival and many legendary relics, it holds a special place in Vietnam's heart

According to legend, the Vietnamese people came into being when a dragon, Lac Long Quan married to a fairy, Au Co, who gave a birth to 100 children. Lac Long Quan took 50 children to the sea and Au Co took 49 children to the mountains, leaving her first born son to act as emperor, with the name Hung Vuong

To honor their ancestry, many Vietnamese make a pilgrimage to Hung Temple, a series of temples and pagodas worshipping the Hung Kings and their royal families. The temple runs from the foot to the top of the 175-metre high Nghia Linh Mountain in Vietnam's northestern Phu Tho Province, on strictly protected forest land 10km from the center of Viet Tri city.

The Hung temple is comprised of the three main areas: The lower Temple, The Middle temple and the upper temple. Through the temple's gate from the first step, it is 225 stone steps up to the Lower temple and Thien Quang Pagoda

Here, incense is burnt and offered with reverence. Before continuing their ascent to the top of the mountain, standing at the foot of the stairs, travellers are able to enjoy the cool, green landscape around Nghia Linh Mountain

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