Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi is a big festival

Chem Temple Festival

Time: 14th to the 16th day of the fourth lunar month.
Place: Thuy Phuong Commune, Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Objects of worship: Ly Ong Trong and his wife – Princess Bach Tinh.
Characteristics: Water procession on river, releasing pigeons.

About Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi

Chem Temple is situated 12km from the center of Hanoi. Chem Temple Festival is a big festival in the area of former Hanoi only after Co Loa and Dong festivals. It involves: water procession consists of 3 dragon boats on the Hong River, votive paper procession, moc duc ceremony (god’s statue washing), royal order procession, worshipping Buddha and traditional folk games: tug-of-war, kite flying, pigeons releasing, trai racing between villages in the region.

There is a great legend attached to the Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi.

Chem Temple is located in Thuy Phuong village in Hanoi’s suburban district of Tu Liem. It is dedicated to Ly Ong Trong, alias Ly Than, a legendary figure during the reign of the Hung Kings. Ly Ong Trong was a native of Chem area. When the Chinese Tan dynasty wanted to expand its territories, Ly Than made a great contribution to this victory. Later, the Chinese Emperor entrusted Ly Than with the task of safeguarding the northern frontiers against the Mongolian invaders. Ly Than’s feat of arms was duly rewarded by the Emperor, who gave one of his princesses, Bach Ly Cung, in marriage to him. When he grew old, his statue was put at the entrance of the Shen-Yang fortress as deterrence against Mongolian invaders. Thinking that the statue was Ly Than, the invaders retreated.

In admiration for Ly Than, the local villagers built a temple in his honor. The temple is an old piece of architecture, with many sculpted figures. It contains, among other things, two gilded wooden statues of Ly Than and his wife. Every year, Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi is held from May 14 to May 16 (lunar calendar) in remembrance of the hero.

Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi is a big festival in the area of former Hanoi only after Co Loa and Dong festivals.

Chem Temple Festival in Hanoi is a colorful festival filled with fun and mirth- a worth visit during your tour to Hanoi.

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