Voi Phuc Temple is located in the area of Thu Le Park, in the territory of Ngoc Khanh Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. This is one of the “Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Temple”.
How Voi Phuc temple is unique?
Voi Phuc temple was built in the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong (1054 – 1072). Where worshiping Linh Lang. So besides the name of the temple, the temple also known as Linh Lang Temple. There are many legends about Linh Lang. The spirit of Linh Lang is the prince of Ly – Name Hoang Chan. The son of King Ly Thanh Tong, who helped his father fight Tong invaders on the banks of Nhu Nguyet River (Cau River) and sacrificed there.
According to the deity, Linh Lang (the dragon) was born of Nguyen Hoang (wife of King Ly Thanh Tong). When Tong troops invaded our country, at that time Linh Lang grow up, healthy enough. He asked the king to send troops and two elephants to fight the enemy.
When the elephant arrived, Ling Lang caught the elephant knelt down. Then the elephant knelt down and brought him and the generals to the battle. In a battle with the enemy on the river bridge, Linh Lang sacrificed.
To commemorate the prince’s work. King Ly Thanh Tong ordained Prince Linh Lang and built the temple and carved two stone elephants lying in front of the temple, later the people. The island is called Voi Phuc Temple.
In addition to the legend of Linh Lang. This place also bold historical mark. May 5/1882 , captain of the royal court under King Ham Nghi – Ton That Thuyet is massing with Black Flag’s Minister Vinh Phuc Luu ambushed French troops here. Especially killed two enemy colonel name is Villers and Henri Rivière .
Through the historical ups and downs, Voi Phuc Temple was seriously damaged. From 1953 until now, the temple has been restored many times. It’s a great ideal for who love hidden tours in Hanoi in the bustling city of the Capital.
At present, at the temple of Voi Phuc. Besides two elephants prostrate in front of the temple, in the temple also have two bronze statues; a sacred stone with indentations. In the beginning of 1994, the Thu Le people donated back the bell with the height of 93cm, the diameter of the mouth was 70cm, the body divided 4 segments, each zone has 2 Chinese characters cast “Tay Chan Thuong Dang” .
Every year, in memory of Linh Lang, on the 9th, 10th and 11th day of the lunar calendar, the people celebrate the Voi Phuc Temple Festival. This is a large procession with flags, drum gongs, parachutes, canals, rowing together in the same row of bowls and bowls sound very exiting.
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