Hung King Temples Complex
Spiritual tourism in Vietnam has gained an increasing popularity thanks to the dense distribution of sacred religious sites across the country. Such archaeological sites without a doubt play a crucial role in the country's history. Among those, acclaimed as the origin of Vietnam, Hung Kings Temple Complex is the foremost place for pilgrims on the journey back into the dawn of the nation's formation.
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Temple of Hung Kings was built in the 10th century AD on the territory of Phong Chau, originally the capital of Van Lang - the first state of Vietnam. The relic worships 18 Hung Kings, the country's ancestors. Annually, during the Hung Kings Festival on 10th March of the lunar calendar, pilgrims from all walks of life flock to Hung Kings Temple in honor of Hung Kings and enjoy the vibrant festive atmosphere.
Where is Hung Kings Temple Complex
Hung Kings Temple Complex is perched humbly on Nghia Linh Mountain in Co Tich Hamlet, Hy Cuong Commune, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province, a small province in northern Vietnam. The complex's surrounding is encompassed by trees and residential areas.
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How to get there
Hung Kings Temple Complex is only 90km from Hanoi Capital. Thus, many tourists choose this attraction for a day trip by motorbike.
From Hanoi, follow the direction to Noi Bai International Airport, passing Thang Long Bridge. Drive on Highway No.2 to Viet Tri City and then 10km more to Hung Kings Temple Complex. It should take you less than 3 hours to the place.
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Another easier transportation option is by bus, from My Dinh Bus Station, there is no dearth of buses to Phu Tho Province and Viet Tri City, in particular, departing almost every 15 minutes. Upon arrival Viet Tri City, you can catch a taxi or motorbike taxi to Hung Kings Temple at a cheap price.
Getting around Hung Kings Temple Complex
Hung Kings Temple comprises a dozen of historical sites with particular aims.
Ha Temple: the history of Den Ha (Ha Temple) is tied to the story of Mother Au Co who was believed to give birth to 100 eggs, the first Vietnamese here. Significantly, Ha Temple possesses a 700-year-old tree with a vast shape.
Trung Temple: climb for further 168 stone steps from Ha Temple, you will reach Trung Temple where all political meetings were held.
Thuong Temple: over 100 steps from Trung Temple, Thuong Temple was used as a place for Hung Kings to practice spiritual rituals, give offerings to God and pray for good things for the country.
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Hung Kings Museum: this 2-story building displays over 700 valuable, original items, paintings, and reproductions dating back to Vietnam's glorious history.
Gieng Temple: on the foot of the mountain, there is an ancient well called Ngoc. It was said to be the place where the princess combed her hair.
While being most crowded during the Hung Kings Festival, you can visit this historical site any time of the year, especially in spring.
- Ticket price for the museum: 15.000 VND/person
- Ticket price for each temple: 10.000 VND/person
- Electric car: 50.000 VND/person
- Location: Den Hung, Phu Tho
- Best for: All visitors
- Entrance: Varies
- Hours: Day time visit is recommended
- Distance to city center: 3.5km (2.2 mi)
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