PSNews - Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda in the northern province of Nam Dinh received a National Intangible Cultural Heritage certificate during a solemn ceremony on October 8.
Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda, located in Xuan Hong commune, Xuan Truong district, Nam Dinh province, is one of the most ancient pagodas in Vietnam whose architecture has been preserved intact over its 400 year-old history.
|Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda. Photo: Tienphong
Tran Le Doai, Vice Chairman of the Nam Dinh provincial People’s Committee said, the ancient pagoda, which dates back to the Ly Dynasty (1009–1225), was a space for villagers to pay tribute to Zen master Duong Khong Lo, who significantly contributed to the development of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha during the Ly Dynasty.
“The National Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition will promote the historical, cultural and architectural values of Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda,” he added.
According to the Vice Chairman of the Nam Dinh provincial People’s Committee, state management on preserving, protecting and promoting the values of the festival must be tightened to make it an attractive destination, which would help to boost local tourism.
Legend has it the pagoda was originally built in bronze by Duong Khong Lo along the banks of the Red River in 1061 during King Ly Thanh Tong reign. It was initially known as Nghiem Quang Tu and then renamed Than Quang Tu in 1167. It was also known as Keo Pagoda following the Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese name for Giao Thuy district.
After standing for nearly 500 years, the Red River flooded Giao Thuy village where the pagoda was located in 1611. The villagers relocated to establish Hanh Thien Village and built a new pagoda.
The Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda Festival, which was also kicked off during the ceremony on October 8 with traditional ceremonies, folk games and a boat race, will run until October 14.By Thien Minh