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5 million pilgrims descend upon Hung Temple

Released at: 14:54, 28/04/2015

5 million pilgrims descend upon Hung Temple

Line of people formed outside temple five days before the main ceremony on April 28.

by Tom Tran

The Hung Temple Festival started on April 23 (March 5 of the lunar calendar), with thousands of people waiting at the site of the temple on Nghia Linh Mountain in northern Phu Tho province.

Some 5 million pilgrims from throughout the country have come to the temple over the last five days, according to festival organizers.

Hung Temple consists of four main temples (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Wells), with the tombs of different Hung Kings scattered on Nghia Linh Mountain. The trek to up the mountain consists of hundreds of stone steps passing through jungle but is not difficult.

People pray at Lower Temple, where there is an 800-year-old sago palm. People lined up in an orderly fashion despite the large crowds, unlike in previous years.

Phu Tho province has assigned hundreds of police together with the Public Security Force to ensure safety at the festival. Due to better preparations there now fewer incidences of theft, gambling, and other poor behavior.

The center of the Hung Temple is the Upper Temple, located atop Nghia Linh Mountain. The local environment has been kept clean, with no more littering in the relic area.

This year shops have been arranged neatly and located separately from the festival, to guarantee order.

Hung Vuong Square is the scent of many cultural activities during the festival, in particular during the main ceremony on April 28 (March 10 on the lunar calendar).

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