Activities kick off Hung Kings Temple Festival
Visitors to the exhibition “Phu Tho’s land and people” (Photo: VNA)
The annual Hung Kings’ Temple Festival kicked off in the northern
province of Phu Tho on April 5 (the sixth day of the third lunar
month), beginning with two photo exhibitions.
Displaying 108 pictures by the province’s photographers, the exhibition
“Phu Tho’s land and people” is bringing visitors an insight into the
traditional culture, festivals and relic sites of Vietnam’s
Meanwhile, the worship of
Hung Kings is also being introduced to visitors through 98 photos and
objects. The worshipping ritual was honoured by UNESCO as Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2012.
two exhibitions will last until April 9 and are expected to contribute
to maintaining and promoting the province’s cultural values.
On the day, art performances, firework display and sport activities,
including volleyball, crossbow shooting and traditional wrestling, were
also held to mark the festival.
The annual Hung
Kings Temple Festival commemorates the 18 Hung Kings, the founders of
the country and who started a golden age in Vietnamese history.
Beginning as a local holiday, the ceremony was recognised as a national
event in 2007.
The ceremony takes place over several
days, but the 10th day of the third lunar month is considered the
most important one. It demonstrates a strong desire for national
prosperity and symbolises community spirit. Coming to the festival is a
deeply rooted custom in the minds of Vietnamese people in and outside
The Hung Kings complex is located on
Nghia Linh Mountain, Phong Chau district, about 100km northwest of
Hanoi. It is a complex of ancient tombs, monuments and temples.-VNA