Friday, 21 December 2012

National Culture and Historical Heritage of Tuyen Linh Pagoda

Traveling to Ben Tre province, tourists joining tours in Vietnam should not ignore to visit Tuyen Linh Pagoda which was recognized cultural and historical heritage at the national level on July 20, 1994. The pagoda is also the place where a temple festival takes place many cultural exchange activities and celebrates the anniversary of Uncle Ho’s birthday on May 19 annually.

It was built in Tan Rooster (1861), the reign of Tu Duc in the 14th. Firstly, Tuyen Linh pagoda named Tien Phong Khanh Linh by the venerable abbot, and is made of bamboo and leaves Sam to her church.

In 1907, the Le Khanh Hoa, legal name is Thich Nhu Tri, in Phu Le Commune; Ba Tri district, wh has become the guardian of this temple. He is a very respectful Buddhist master; a venerable scholar Le Khanh Hoa has preached the Buddhist doctrine, training students. 

With a lot of knowledge, he makes more than 90% of local people following Buddhism which made by the venerable Le Khanh Hoa the founder of the Southern Buddhist and Luong Xuyen Buddhist associations.

Tuyen linh Pagoda
Tuyen Linh pagoda (before and after restoration)

Nguyen Sinh Sac, Uncle Ho's father had several dozen remained excluded in Tuyen Linh pagoda. He has been here for a very long time, from 1927 to 1929. During his stay at the temple, he set up teaching classes, medicine room to cure for people. 

This is also the place where Mr Nguyen Sinh Sac had met Tran Van An, Huynh Khac Man, Le Van Phat, and the number of people they later became first class members of the Party Committee of Ben Tre

In 1929, he was being sick and people found the way taking him to Dong Thap. Tuyen Linh pagoda is also the place where a lot of Vietnamese soldiers have been hidden. It was twice destroyed by boom of enemy. The pagoda has been restored several times and the latest renovation was in 1999. 

However, many historical objects have been lost. The chairman of Minh Duc commune Viet Hung said they were planning to build the museum in that pagoda. Firstly, they would collect the ancient objects, restore the pagoda and after that they would reconstruct the transportation system for visitors in Vietnam tourism easily traveling to Tuyen Linh Pagoda.

Thanks to the recognition of the nation as cultural and historical heritage site, Tuyen Linh pagoda of Ben Tre province surely will attract more and more travelers, making great contributions to the development of the regional tourism.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Nam Dinh - A beautiful landscape along with hiden charming and cultural value

Nam Dinh is a region with long history, culture, festival and nature, with Pho Minh, Co Le temple, Cat Dang lacquer village, Xuan Thuy national park, special soft green – lentil cake...

Nam Dinh is a region with long history and culture involved in such relics as Pho Minh temple and Co Le temple. The festival as Phu Giay, Ha Ky and Bao Loc have always happened yearly in here. 

It is at the Kiep Bac – gio Cha pilgrimage, we will be beheld a huge arge of river Luc Dau with brimful of vitality to the water, then at Phu Giay – gio Me, you should be able to contemplate a blue – immenes sea of vitality to the earth. In Viet people’s mind inner feeling at the Red river was still maintained a mass of temples, churches located around Phu Giay area as Gieng temple, Goi temple and Kham Sai temple and so on.

Cat Dang lacquer village in Nam Dinh

Talking about home village where has been got famous in lacquer of the North, we must mention about Cat Dang lacquer village in Nam Dinh, where has longest life of history. Someone said that lacquer was still be chosen to decorate for mausoleums and imperial palaces, which made by talented hands of Cat Dang’s artisan.

Xuan Thuy national park in Nam Dinh province

Nam Dinh people are always proud of their land, where has biggest bird zoo in Vietnam. Located in Xuan Thuy’s flooded earth reserve, Ramsar is only place in Viet Nam, aside from a swamped area with 3.000 hectare of mangrove forest. This is very important in estuary’s ecosystem of the littortal. Xuan Thuy had recognized was a platform international birds for migration with more than 200 species, included nearly 100 spceies, for migration and over 50 species for migration and over 50 species of water birds by international ornithologist.

Soft green – lentil cake

Beside, Nam Dinh is also famous in their traditional specialist with soft green – lentil cake (che kho). It could keep longer 10 – 15 days but still get good smell if we cook in strict accordance with recipes. This reason makes Nam Dinh people are unforgettable the soft green – lentil cake in festovals and New Year to their family.