Looking for a culturally and historically rich holiday to Vietnam but short on time? Then it’s no problem at all, for, in this thread, we have four breath-taking ancient landmarks waiting for you to visit! The locations are Duong Lam ancient village, Ngo Quyen Shrine, and Tomb – Phung Hung Shrine in Duong Lam and Thay Pagoda.
Duong Lam Ancient Village:
The village of Duong Lam is an ancient village that is at least 300 years old, part of the Son Tay province, about 50 kilometers away from the city of Hanoi. Upon arriving at the village, you would be greeted with the gorgeous houses that withstood time itself, the brick roads and a unique factor of the Duong Lam is that, it is the Land of two Kings.
Things to do: Explore the village either on foot or by bike. See the architecture, the ancient buildings, the Christian church, the Mia temple, Mong Phu tabernacle and the surrounding fields.
Cuisine: Duong Lam has quite a few numbers of exquisite, unique cuisines to excites your taste bud, the Ga Mia (Mia chicken), soy sauce, Keo Doi (peanut candy) and Che Lam. You can be easily able to enjoy these amazing foods by asking the local family the offers homestay services and there is a famous old lady that usually sits next to Mong Phu tabernacle that sells Keo Doi and Che Lam with tea.
Accommodation: There are no hotels in Duong Lam, the closest ones are 2 kilometers away in the town of Son Tay. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay the night over in Duong Lam, as there are a few families that offer homestay services with enough comfortable quality.
Ngo Quyen Shrine and Tomb – Phung Hung Shrine
The reason why Duong Lam known as the Land of two Kings is the birthplace of two Vietnamese emperors, Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.
Ngo Quyen Shrine and Tomb
Ngo Quyen (898 – 944) is a military genius who soundly defeated the Chinese in the Bach Dang River battle in 938 and ended 1000 years of Chinese domination over Vietnam and founded the Ngo Dynasty.
Both the shrine and tomb are built on a hill, called Forbidden Hill, the shrine and the tomb are 100 meters away from each other, and both faces the East. The shrine was built in ancient times and had received numerous maintenance jobs. It is separated into five different sections and was made of bricks and ceramic tiles with a set of the wall surrounding it, decorated with flowers and dragon figures with the statue of Ngo Quyen in the middle of the building.
Each year, at September 14, you can see people gathering into the shrine to pay their respect as it is the day to honor Emperor Ngo Quyen and his accomplishments.
Phung Hung Shrine
Phung Vuong is a short-lived emperor of Vietnam who led the uprising against the Third Chinese Domination by the Duong Dynasty that had lasted from 602 until 905. After the Chinese had been defeated, he became emperor and ruled for seven years before passing away; it is also said in legends that he had the strength to wrestle an ox. While his tomb is in Hanoi, a shrine dedicated to him in Duong Lam, his hometown. And every year on the 15th of February, it is not unusual to see lots of people coming to this shrine to pay their respect.
The pagoda is an ancient architecture marvel that blends its beauty within the surrounding nature, the trees, the lake and the majestic Sai Son Mountains and is only 20 kilometers away from the capital city of Hanoi. It is said that the pagoda is closely tied with Tu Dao Hanh, a monk who had done a lot to educate and assist the local people and invented Water Juggling.
The pagoda is also beautiful with an interesting design with three main buildings within its perimeter, the Ha Temple, the Trung Temple, and the Thuong Temple, all parallel with each other. Also, the three temples have their different functions and decorations.
The other most fascinating thing about the Thay Pagoda is that on the 11th of April ‘till the 13th of April, some people streams in even more than usual as they come to pray and ask for the god’s blessings.
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