Con Son – Kiep Bac complex, a sacred place to visit

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Con Son – Kiep Bac complex, a sacred place to visit

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Vietnam is a country where is very proud of many legendary places of built during its long 4,000 year history. Con Son – Kiep Bac is an exemple. Every year from the 15th to 20th days of the eighth lunar month, tens of thousands of people including countless pilgrims throughout the country come here to attend the Kiep Bac Temple Festival. The province of Hai Duong, being aware of the importance of the historical site, will spend VND1.27 trillion between now and 2025 to and expand the area to total area of 8,300 hectares to make it an attractive tourism and historic center.
           Con Son – Kiep Bac is a complex and sacred place to visit. It is famous for many things such as mountains, pagoda as well as statues,..

 Ky Lan Mountain, Ngu Nhac Mountain and Con Son Lake are the first places tourists often visit first. They are gravel mountain of about 200 meters high, bearing a resemblance to a resting lion with a shrine on the top. The northern ridge of Ky Lan mountain with 238-meter which adjoins Ngu Nhac Mountain and the three mountain peaks rising look like a unicorn kneeling, hence its nick-name is Ky Lan (kylin). On the way up Ky Lan Mountain visitors can call at Gieng Ngoc (pearl well), known as the eye of the kylin, at the foot is Dang Minh Bao Thap. At the peak is Am Bach Van (White Cloud Temple) where the hero Nguyen Trai lived at the end of his life. Next to it is Ban Co Tien (fairy chessboard) and several other large flagstones called “immortal chessboards” by local residents. Legend has it that old men come down from the sky to play chess here. The stone path down to the base of the mountain leads to a huge smooth, flat rock beside the spring called Thach Ban. Some kilometers to the west is Kiep Bac Temple, the estate and garrisoning camp of Tran Hung Dao after the first victory over the Yuan invaders in 1258.

Con Son Pagoda, also known as Hun Pagoda or Thien Tu Phuc Monastery, is located in Cong Hoa Commune, Chi Linh District in the northern province of Hai Duong. It was built in the 13th century and repaired and expanded with more intricate features in the 17th and 18th centuries. The pagoda which has undergone several restorations during recent years, has 83 rooms with 385 statues; some of which are two to three meters tall. The pagoda was ranked as a national relic for the first time in 1962 and then recorded as a very important relic to be preserved 32 years later, in 1994

Behind the pagoda and separated by a small yard in an ancestor house are statues of Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) three ancestors (Tran Nhan Tong – Phap Lao – Huyen Quang) and Tran Nguyen Dan and his wife. The first statue to come into sight is the 3 meters high Amida statue, on a large pedestal in the pagoda. In addition, other two statues have just been identified as the statues of the great national hero Nguyen Trai and his concubine Nguyen Thi Lo. The tower-grave is located behind the pagoda, by the path leading to the mountain and under the green canopy of large trees. The five meter high Dang Minh Bao Thap (Dang Minh Tower) was built with blue stones at the site of the grave Huyen Quang scholar. A statue of the scholar is inside the tower.

 Behind the tower-grave is a wide path with ancient pine trees growing on both sides and footsteps leading to the peak of the mountain. Censers spread their sweet fragrance and the clumps of peonies with dark blue leaves blossom into blazing red flowers at the formerly Buddhist hermitage.

This year, the 2011 Con Son – Kiep Bac Spring Festival began on February 18, the 16th day of the first lunar month, in Chi Linh town in the northern province of Hai Duong. The festival kicked off with an incense offering ceremony to commemorate the 677th anniversary of the death of monk Huyen Quang, the third founder of the Truc Lam Buddhism sect at the Con Son – Kiep Bac historical site.

It was followed by various cultural and sporting events, including Quan Ho (love duets singing) and Cheo (popular opera), wrestling, cock-fighting and performances of traditional arts at the Con Son – Kiep Bac historical site is associated with the life and cause of National Hero Tran Quoc Tuan and great man of culture Nguyen Trai. It is one of the places where the Truc Lam Buddhism sect originated from during the Tran.

            Coming to Con Son – Kiep Bac during this festival you can join people through out the country and foreigners, and learn more about Vietnamese history. Our website evisatovietnam.com is really happy to help you for applying Vietnam visa that make your pilgrimage to Con Son – Kiep Bac easier and more useful.

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