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Hung Kings Temple Festival expects to welcome 500,000 visitors
  • |, TTXVN | April 18, 2024 09:34 AM
It is expected that 500,000 visitors will arrive in the northern province of Phu Tho on the death anniversary of the Hung Kings and Hung Kings Temple Festival on September 18.

Visitors to Hung Kings Temple Festival on April 18.

Director of the Hung Kings Temple site, Le Truong Giang, told Dantri/Dtinews that as the festival falls on a weekday this year, it would receive fewer visitors than in 2023.

"More people visited the site last weekend with approximately 800,000 recorded on April 14," Giang said, adding that they have made proper preparations to ensure visitors have a good and safe experience.

Vice director of the Phu Tho Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vu Thi Hoai Phuong, shared that they were organising the Hung Kings Temple Festival and a culture, and tourism week between April 9-18 with various cultural, sports and entertainment programmes.

"Visitors can take part in various smaller-scaled festivals at many surrounding temples before the main festival held at the Hung Kings Temple on April 18," Phuong said. "We're also organising a night tour at the Hung Kings Temple between 8-11 pm this year to offer a new experience for visitors."

A firework display at the Hung Kings Temple Festival on the evening of April 17.

Legend has it that the eldest son of Lac Long Quan (son of Kinh Duong Vuong) and Au Co (the fairy daughter of De Lai) was made king. He named the country Van Lang and set up the capital in Phong Chau (modern-day Viet Tri city), beginning a dynasty of 18 Hung Kings.

The kings chose Nghia Linh Mountain, the highest in the region, to perform rituals devoted to the rice and sun deities to pray for healthy crops.

To honour their substantial contributions, a complex of temples dedicated to the kings was built on Nghia Linh Mountain, and the tenth day of the third lunar month serves as the national commemorative anniversary for the kings.

The worshipping rituals of the Hung Kings were recognised as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

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