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Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple - a special national historical relic in Hanoi

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January 15, 2021 | 13:24

Hai Ba Trung Temple in Hanoi’s suburban district of Me Linh reminds visitors of the two national heroes Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, two Vietnamese women who symbolize the heroic spirit, indomitable will and loyalty.

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A speacial national historical relic in Hanoi

Hai Ba Trung Temple is considered a place of cultural and spiritual activities of the local people, Hanoi Times reported.

Hai Ba Trung Temple in Hanoi’s suburban district of Me Linh reminds visitors of the two national heroes Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, two Vietnamese women who symbolize the heroic spirit, indomitable will and loyalty.

Hai Ba Trung Temple, a special national historical relic in Hanoi, is not only a sacred spiritual place, but also where many valuable and precious relics (wood, stone, bronze, porcelain, paper, among others) are preserved.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes

These are works of art showing the talented, clever and delicate hands of Vietnamese artisans, reflecting many aspects of social life.

Every year, Hai Ba Trung Temple Festival is held from the 4th to the 10th in the first month of the Lunar New Year (after Tet holiday). The festival comprises several rituals such as incense offering, a procession and folk performances. Amazing procession is one of the festivities at the Hai Ba Trung Temple Festival, which has officially received the title of ‘National Intangible Cultural Heritage’.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes
Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes
Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes

The main festival is held in the sixth day, which is said to be the day Hai Ba Trung held a banquet to soldiers, so the villagers later organized the festival to remember that event, to honor the heroic tradition of building and defending the country.

Every five years, local residents organized the procession of Hai Ba Trung, which show the principle of “when drinking water remember the source”, national pride and community cohesion.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple Festival At Ha Loi Commune

The revolt of Hai Ba Trung against the Chinese East arm in the 40s is short but very meaningful in the rising the independent soul of the Vietnamese people and Vietnamese women in general.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes
Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes
Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes

According to the Vietnamese account, the two Trung Sisters, riding elephants leading the troops in battle, defeated the Han invaders, gaining independence for the country after more than two centuries of domination by the foreign feudal invaders. For the first time in Vietnamese history, the country of Viet had a king, more significantly a woman king. In many historical references and books, since their great achievement, the Vietnamese people consider them as the national heroines, even sacred spirits, and they built temples in many parts of the country to honour and worship them.

The Hai Ba Trung Temple Festival at Ha Loi Commune, Me Linh District is the biggest and the most important one. There are ceremonies of carrying the palanquin of the king, fighting elephants and giving offerings to the ancient complex of Hai Ba Trung Temple from Ha Loi Communal House.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes

The festival is celebrated in an exciting atmosphere with drum beats, colorful flags, music, and gongs. In the procession, the elders beat drums while beautiful girls and strong men carry palanquins. The festival has the participation of members of ritual performing groups and hundreds of Me Linh villagers. On both sides of the road, villagers show their offering to the parade, Vina.com reported.

Exploring Hai Ba Trung Temple   a special national historical relic in Hanoi
Photo: Hanoitimes

According to Me Linh District People’s Committee, the festival annually lures numerous tourists from across the country to pay homage to the queens. Visitors can have a chance to take part in many cultural activities and games like human chess, wrestling, dragon dances, lion dances, earthen pot-beating, among others, Tien Phong News reported.

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