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The beauty of Thang Long Tay Tran
Updated at Thursday, 30 Nov 2017, 16:20
Thang Long Tay Tran (Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Temple), also called Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Temple, with its large campus and lush green trees is one of the popular scenic places in Hanoi.
It was built in the Year of the 7th Chuong Thanh Gia Khanh (1065) during the Dynasty of King Ly Thanh Tong in the former Thu Le Village, western Thang Long Citadel (today located near Kim Ma Street and Thu Le Zoological Garden in Ba Dinh District). The Temple is dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang, the son of King Ly Thanh Tong who was the western guardian god of the Thang Long Citadel.
According to legend, when the wife of King Ly Thanh Tong was taking a bath in Dam Dam Lake (now West Lake), a dragon appeared and showered her with fragrant water. She later became pregnant and gave birth to a son, naming him Linh Lang (small dragon) whose body was covered with dragon scales and spots that shone like pearls.
When General Trieu Tiet of the Song Dynasty invaded the country and his troops marched to the Nguyen Duc River, Linh Lang asked the King for troops and elephants to fight against the invaders. The King agreed and gave him two elephants and an army. When the elephants arrived Linh Lang ordered them to kneel so the troops could mount them. The elephants obeyed his order and took him and other military officials to the battlefield to defeat the invaders.
After returning from the battlefield, Linh Lang became sick. When the King visited him, Linh Lang said that he was sent from Heaven to help the King defeat the invaders and now he had to return to his home. He then magically transformed into a serpent and slithered into Dam Dam Lake . This was followed by two days of rain that stopped when numerous red flags appeared in the sky and ended up adorning the citadel. The King bestowed the title His Royal Highness on Linh Lang and built the temple in his honour. In front of the temple are two kneeling elephants, hence the name Voi Phuc is called by the residents of Thu Le who every year hold the festival on February 9 to 11 of the lunar calendar to commemorate the merits of Ling Lang.
Despite many challenges and restorations, Voi Phuc Temple retains its ancient and beautiful architecture. It has becomes an indispensable part of Hanoi , attracting a lot of domestic and foreign visitors.

 
Thang Long Tay Tran (Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Temple), also called Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Temple.
Thang Long Tay Tran (Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Temple), also called Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Temple.
With its large campus and lush green trees is one of the popular scenic places in Hanoi.
With its large campus and lush green trees is one of the popular scenic places in Hanoi.
It was built in the Year of the 7th Chuong Thanh Gia Khanh (1065) during the Dynasty of King Ly Thanh Tong in the former Thu Le Village, western Thang Long Citadel (today located near Kim Ma Street and Thu Le Zoological Garden in Ba Dinh District).
It was built in the Year of the 7th Chuong Thanh Gia Khanh (1065) during the Dynasty of King Ly Thanh Tong in the former Thu Le Village, western Thang Long Citadel (today located near Kim Ma Street and Thu Le Zoological Garden in Ba Dinh District).
The Temple is dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang, the son of King Ly Thanh Tong who was the western guardian god of the Thang Long Citadel.
The Temple is dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang, the son of King Ly Thanh Tong who was the western guardian god of the Thang Long Citadel.
According to legend, when the wife of King Ly Thanh Tong was taking a bath in Dam Dam Lake (now West Lake), a dragon appeared and showered her with fragrant water.
According to legend, when the wife of King Ly Thanh Tong was taking a bath in Dam Dam Lake (now West Lake), a dragon appeared and showered her with fragrant water.
She later became pregnant and gave birth to a son, naming him Linh Lang (small dragon) whose body was covered with dragon scales and spots that shone like pearls.
She later became pregnant and gave birth to a son, naming him Linh Lang (small dragon) whose body was covered with dragon scales and spots that shone like pearls.
When General Trieu Tiet of the Song Dynasty invaded the country and his troops marched to the Nguyen Duc River, Linh Lang asked the King for troops and elephants to fight against the invaders.
When General Trieu Tiet of the Song Dynasty invaded the country and his troops marched to the Nguyen Duc River, Linh Lang asked the King for troops and elephants to fight against the invaders.
The King agreed and gave him two elephants and an army.
The King agreed and gave him two elephants and an army.
When the elephants arrived Linh Lang ordered them to kneel so the troops could mount them.
When the elephants arrived Linh Lang ordered them to kneel so the troops could mount them.
The elephants obeyed his order and took him and other military officials to the battlefield to defeat the invaders.
The elephants obeyed his order and took him and other military officials to the battlefield to defeat the invaders.
Despite many challenges and restorations, Voi Phuc Temple retains its ancient and beautiful architecture.
Despite many challenges and restorations, Voi Phuc Temple retains its ancient and beautiful architecture.
It has becomes an indispensable part of Hanoi , attracting a lot of domestic and foreign visitors.
It has becomes an indispensable part of Hanoi , attracting a lot of domestic and foreign visitors.

 
Ho Ha - Tuyet Nhung
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