This-year festival of Tam Chuc Pagoda restore its 1000-year story on a pilgrimage route connecting the heritage sites of Golden Temple - Trang An - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Van Long Pagoda (Ninh Binh) - Dong Tam Pagoda (Hoa Binh) - Tam Chuc Pagoda (Ha Nam) - Huong Son Pagoda - and Thang Long Citadel (Hanoi).
This is also a chance to introduce and promote the cultural values of Vietnam, creating favorable conditions for Buddhists and visitors to visit Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex, a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture of Vietnam.
With the aim of ensuring the absolute safety for this festival, the Ha Nam Provincial Police Department have actively built up security plans and deployed measures in a synchronous manner including professional work as well as other plans to support participants.
According to Major Nguyen Duc Trong, Deputy Head of the Kim Bang District Police, the Ha Nam Provincial Police Department have mobilized officers and soldiers to work 24/24 at 19 key points inside and outside of the festival.
The festival is part of activities to celebrate the UN Day of Vesak (Buddha's Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) which will be held at the Tam Chuc Pagoda from May 12-14.
The Tam Chuc complex which sits on a site of nearly 5,000ha, surrounding by lakes, mountains, forests and valleys, was recognised by the Prime Minister as a national tourism site in 2013.
The pagoda, which has been entirely damaged with time, is being rebuilt with the first phase expected to be completed in May 2019 when the pagoda hosts the UN Day of Vesak.
The new pagoda has been built using giant blocks from Kim Lan ceramic village in Hanoi. As many as 12,000 murals depicting legends of Buddha craved into volcano rock by Indonesian artisans will decorate the area.
A garden of 99 stone pillars, each 13.5m high and 200 tonnes in weight, carved with Buddhist teachings, will also be installed at the site.
By Linh Bui