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The Hung Kings Temple (Den Hung) is a complex of temples first built in the 10th century A.D on the Nghia Linh Mountains, 10km from Viet Tri City (of Phu Tho Province) and 90km from Hanoi. Much of the complex nowadays was constructed in the 15th century. The Temple is dedicated to Hung Kings (Vua Hung), the Founder Kings of Van Lang , the first Vietnamese-identity kingdom dated back to 2879 B.C.
King Hung Temple Festival is a traditional festival which honors the first King of Vietnam - King Hung. It's occasion for every Vietnamese to remember their origin and express their respect as well as gratitude to ancestor of Vietnamese people. Therefore, it's considered as national festival of Vietnam.
King Hung Temple Festival takes place yearly at King Hung Temple from the 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month in the year. According to the legend, the 10th day of that month is the death anniversary of King Hung. During the festival, Vietnamese people from all over the country as well as Vietnamese people living abroad head for King Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province to take part in this historical and meaningful festival.
Den Ha (the Lower Temple) is said to have been the place where Mother Au Co gave birth to the bag of a hundred eggs which later turned into one hundred sons.
Ha Temple - Phu Tho Province
Den Trung was said to be the place where Hung Kings and his courtiers (Lac Hau and Lac Tuong) attended meetings of the royal court.
Trung Temple - Phu Tho Province
Climbing up the steps to the top of Nghia Linh Mountain, you'll come to Den Thuong (The Upper Temple) where Hung Kings and the Royal Court worshiped the King of Heaven and other Gods wishing the Kingdom to be granted with clement weather for bumper crops.
Thuong Temple - Phu Tho Province
Gieng Temple (Well Temple):
At the foot of the mountain is the Gieng Temple, where worshipped Ngoc Hoa and Tien Dung, the 18th Hung King's daughters. It is said that the two princesses used to comb their hair and look at themselves in the water of this well.
Well Temple - Phu Tho Province
King Hung Tomb
It was the tomb of the 6th King Hung. Legend has it that, after defeating the An invaders, the 6th King Hung took off his clothes and left it on the branch of the kim giao tree and died on the spot.
Mausoleum of Hung King
Hung King Temple is a historical as well as cultural attraction of Phu Tho province. Coming to Phu Tho in March of lunar year, tourists in GoodmorningSaPa will have chance to enjoy Kings Hung Temple Festival, which can be considered one of the most important and meaningful one that connects Vietnamese people from all over the country together.