Spring is the season of the festival. Travel in spring is also a pleasure, a cultural beauty of our father from the ancient. Quang Ninh has about 80 large and small festivals taking place in the year, in which January and February are the most celebrated festival time. To Quang Ninh in the spring, visitors should not miss 3 cultural relics attached to the largest festival of the year.
Currently, Quang Ninh has more than 600 historical-cultural relics. In particular, there are many historical sites becoming spiritual tourist destinations attracting a large number of local people and tourists such as Yen Tu, Ba Vang pagoda (Uong Bi), Cua Pho temple (Cam Pha City), Long Tien Pagoda, Tran Quoc Nghien Temple (Halong City), Cai Bau Pagoda – Truc Lam Giac Tam Temple (Van Don), Ngoa Van pagoda (Dong Trieu). There are more than 80 festivals in Quang Ninh, many of which happen in January as: Tien Cong festival (Quang Yen town), Ba Vang pagoda festival, Yen Tu, etc., attracting thousands of visitors to visit, worship Buddha.
Only on the Lunar New Year holiday of 2017, the number of visitors to the relics and landscapes increased dramatically. According to the statistics of the Tourism Department, only counted in 7 days of Tet holiday, the number of visitors to the relics in the province has risen to 63 thousand visitors.
Present at some historical sites, where occur the festivals in early spring, it is worth noting that the way of organization in some large festivals in the province in the beginning of the year has changed clearly. With the advent of the relics management board, the local authorities in tightening the management, the organization of the festival has come into line. The solemn atmosphere, clean environment is the image that tourists often see in the large sites in the province.
Especially, cultural relics such as Cua Ong Temple, Yen Tu Pagoda, Ba Vang Pagoda, etc. have been renovated in order to create the best conditions for the people to have a safe and comfortable trip in the early spring. All festivals are renovated, embellished spacious, clean and beautiful. In addition, many construction items, traffic routes in the relics and landscapes have also been upgraded, ensuring the safety of visitors to the festivals.
Relic of Yen Tu
The relic of Yen Tu is located in Thuong Yen Cong Commune (Uong Bi City). Yen Tu is the cradle of Thien Phai Truc Lam (Zen Buddhism) from the end of the 13th century. In the past, Yen Tu forest was known and praised as “good fortune”, because this place has beautiful pristine nature, great natural space. Yen Tu is a sacred place in the heart of the Vietnamese people, where the origin of Truc Lam Meditation, a Zen line bearing cultural identity and ethnic beliefs … Yen Tu relics include a system of pagodas, towers and ancient forests combined with natural scenery, scattered from Red slope to Yen Tu mountain. The highest temple in Yen Tu is Dong Pagoda. This temple is located at the highest peak of Yen Tu (1,068 m). Dong Pagoda was recognized by the Vietnam Book of Records Center as the largest bronze temple and the highest in the country. It is also one of the most unique pagodas in the world.
Relic of Cua Ong temple
Cua Ong Temple is located in Cua Ong Ward (Cam Pha City). The temple was built to worship the deity, Hung Nhuong King Tran Quoc Tang, a talented general of the Tran Dynasty, the third son of Hung Dao King Tran Quoc Tuan, who had the task of destroying the Mongolian invaders of the 13th century. The temple was built in an ideal location, on a hill overlooking Bai Tu Long Bay, an immense sea with beautiful scenery. Cua Ong Temple Festival is held on February 3rd and 4th of lunar year. However, from 1996 up to now, once every two years in the even year, Cua Ong temple festival is held on a large scale. Apart from the rituals, the festival is also expanding, with traditional folk games bearing bold traditional culture to attract local people and tourists to participate as dragon dance, flag game, boat racing, singing Quan họ, push sticks, tug of war, cock fighting etc. This year, not the year even but Cua Ong festival held large scale to welcome the Receive the National Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the Cua Ong temple festival.
Ngoa Van Pagoda
The pagoda is located in the special historical area of the Tran Dynasty in Dong Trieu. Ngoa Van Pagoda is a large pagoda architecture of Truc Lam Meditation built on the mountains of the Yen Tu Range in An Sinh and Binh Khe Communes, in which the center is Mount Bao Dai. There is still the Buddha tower, which houses the sarīra of King Tran Nhan Tong. Ngoa Van Pagoda was restored, embellished on the old foundation and inaugurated in 2016 to welcome visitors to cross pilgrimage to worship.
These are just three of the many destinations that visitors can choose during the Spring Festival. Many other destinations are popular with tourists such as Long Tien Temple (Halong City), Cai Bau Pagoda – Truc Lam Giac Tam Monastery (Van Don), Quynh Lam Pagoda (Dong Trieu).
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