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Dong Co Temple with “oath-swearing” ceremony - The beauty of Thang Long cultural
Updated at Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017, 14:48
Dong Co Temple is located in West Lake, which belongs to Thuy Khue Street, Buoi Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. This is one of the famous historical relics of Hanoi capital. Dong Co temple was originally constructed on the bank of the To Lich River during the Ly Dynasty (11th century) to worship the Dong Co (Bronze Drum) God, a unique symbol of Vietnamese culture.
For the very first time, this temple was located on the Dong Co Mountain in Dan Ne Commune, Yen Dinh District of Thanh Hoa Province. At one night, the King Ly Thai To had a strange dream about the god of Dong Co Moutain who was helping him to conquer the southern enemies. To show his respectful honor to the god, the King commanded to build a temple to the left of the eastern citadel after he returned to his mainland. Right after the King Ly Thai To dead, his son, Ly Thai Tong was pointed to become the next King of the country. Strangely, like his great father, he also had a dream which was able to put down the revolt and protect himself. So after being the new king, King Ly Thai Tong ordered to build another temple of Dong Co god on the right side of the royal citadel and choose the 25th day of the 3rd lunar month to hold an “Oath-swearing” ceremony there.
The special architecture of Dong Co Temple includes only of a three-door gate, the main building, and a lower chamber, with valuable antiques. It had a tall altar decorated many flying flags in front of the citadel and the Dong Co god’s worshipping tablet was placed in the middle of the altar.
Later, the date of the ceremony was changed to the 4th day of the fourth lunar month and was held annually through the Trần (13th and 14th centuries) and Lê (15th century) dynasties. It was developed into a festival later. The festival was a unique, consolidating the morale and traditions of our nation and save our 1000 years Thang Long Ha Noi identity.
With Dong Co Festival, the bronze drum traditionally become a symbol of physical strength and the anciently sacred value of Vietnam. Every year, Dong Co Temple Festival takes place on the 4th day of the fourth lunar month so the natives and pilgrims can come and enjoy the festive atmosphere in here. Dong Co temple is not only a landmark but also an outstanding example of the Ly Dynasty’s cultural heritage. 

 
Lion dance.
Lion dance.
Local people to start the festival by drum.
Local people to start the festival by drum.
Dong Co Temple is located in West Lake, which belongs to Thuy Khue Street, Buoi Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Dong Co Temple is located in West Lake, which belongs to Thuy Khue Street, Buoi Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
This is one of the famous historical relics of Hanoi capital.
This is one of the famous historical relics of Hanoi capital.
Dong Co temple was originally constructed on the bank of the To Lich River during the Ly Dynasty (11th century) to worship the Dong Co (Bronze Drum) God, a unique symbol of Vietnamese culture.
Dong Co temple was originally constructed on the bank of the To Lich River during the Ly Dynasty (11th century) to worship the Dong Co (Bronze Drum) God, a unique symbol of Vietnamese culture.
The special architecture of Dong Co Temple includes only of a three-door gate, the main building, and a lower chamber, with valuable antiques. It had a tall altar decorated many flying flags in front of the citadel and the Dong Co god’s worshipping tablet was placed in the middle of the altar.
The special architecture of Dong Co Temple includes only of a three-door gate, the main building, and a lower chamber, with valuable antiques. It had a tall altar decorated many flying flags in front of the citadel and the Dong Co god’s worshipping tablet was placed in the middle of the altar.
With Dong Co Festival, the bronze drum traditionally become a symbol of physical strength and the anciently sacred value of Vietnam.
With Dong Co Festival, the bronze drum traditionally become a symbol of physical strength and the anciently sacred value of Vietnam.
Music team.
Music team.
Every year, Dong Co Temple Festival takes place on the 4th day of the fourth lunar month so the natives and pilgrims can come and enjoy the festive atmosphere in here.
Every year, Dong Co Temple Festival takes place on the 4th day of the fourth lunar month so the natives and pilgrims can come and enjoy the festive atmosphere in here.
Dong Co temple is not only a landmark but also an outstanding example of the Ly Dynasty’s cultural heritage.
Dong Co temple is not only a landmark but also an outstanding example of the Ly Dynasty’s cultural heritage.
Thanh Hai
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