Huyen Tran Temple Festival
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Huyen Tran Temple Festival is a cultural activity of gratitude, recognition, and remembrance of Princess Huyen Tran - who has contributed to the country by expanding the border, and the nation's stature to the south (now the southern land of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue).

Huyen Tran Temple Festival is a cultural activity of gratitude, recognition, and remembrance of Princess Huyen Tran - who has contributed to the country by expanding the border, and the nation's stature to the south (now the southern land of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue).

On the ninth day of January (lunar calendar) every year, on the day of her death, Thua Thien Hue province organizes the Huyen Tran Princess Temple Festival on Ngu Phong Mountain (now Huyen Tran Cultural Center - 151 Thien Thai, An Tay Ward, Hue City).


During the second resistance war against Mongolia, the two dynasties of Vietnam and Champa stood together on the front line against the common enemy. The close alliance made Emperor Tran Nhan Tong during his journey to Chiem Thanh in 1301 promised to marry his youngest princess, Princess Huyen Tran, to the young and powerful neighboring king. Huyen Tran Princess was about 14 years old at that time.

Five years later, when Huyen Tran was an adult, the ambassador came to the capital to ask for a ceremony. The court of Dai Viet wondered, finally King Anh Tong fulfilled the promise of the emperor, and Princess Huyen Tran sacrificed her own love, for the nation accepted to marry Che Man. The embassy offered the land of Chau O, Chau Ly as wedding presents (the land of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue today) and brought the princess back to Vijaya.

In July 1306, the fleet sailed south. At the gate of O Long, the boat stopped to rest. Moved by the sacrifice of his sister, King Anh Tong changed the name of this sea gate, Tu Dung Hai Mon, to express his feelings and remind the next life to forever remember the sacrifice for the great meaning of the Vietnamese princess.

Later dynasties declared her a patroness. The Nguyen Dynasty King gave a tribute to the princess "in keeping the nation for the people, with many inspirations", raising her rank of as monk "Trai Tinh Trung Dang Than". To remember the Princess' merit, the Nguyen Dynasty established the Dai De Vuong temple in Lich Doi village, Phuong Duc ward, Hue City, worshipping the founders of the nation, including Princess Huyen Tran. Unfortunately, this temple no longer exists today. By early 2006, the Huyen Tran Cultural Center was under construction. A year later, on March 26, 2007, the project was inaugurated on the 700th anniversary of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan.

Huyen Tran Temple Festival is held annually on the 9th of January - the anniversary of Princess Huyen Tran's death, with the meaning of gratitude for her merit for the development of Dai Viet country.


The opening ceremony of the festival was opened with a special epic art program, with the theme “Respect to predecessor”, recreating the life and great merits of Princess Huyen Tran - who more than 700 years ago committed to "The country is thousands of miles away.../Borrowing lipstick/O, Ly debt", sacrificing her own love to contribute to the Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue area has a worthy position in the history of the nation.

Next is the Praying Ceremony for national peace and safety, which is solemnly held at Huong Van Monastery according to the traditional ritual of Buddhism. The activity aims to pray for "national peace, favorable weather, bountiful harvest, peaceful people, fullness, happiness, prosperous country, renewal, integration, and development". After the praying ceremony, local people and tourists strictly lined up to worship and pray in the early days of the New Year.

After the ceremony, Huyen Tran Temple Festival also has an art program and entertainment activities such as traditional martial arts performances,  lion dances, traditional cards, beating pots, chess competitions, calligraphy performances, and displaying traditional products, Hue culinary...

Depending on the annual conditions, the activities of the Huyen Tran Princess Temple Festival are held flexibly (usually taking place on the 2nd day of the 8th and the 9th of January) to create newness for local people and tourists when coming to admire and enjoy participating and experiencing.

Artistic Value:

Hue people have the saying "three days of Tet, seven days of spring" to talk about the most relaxed time of the year: January. Along with festivals such as Swinging Gia Vien village festival (January 4), Wrestling Thu Le village (January 6), Wrestling Sinh village (January 10)... Huyen Tran Temple Festival is not only an opportunity to “Respect to predecessor” with the ethic of "when drinking water, remember its source", the festival also has a spiritual meaning of the people of the ancient capital of Hue, wishing everyone good things in the new year, thereby, contributing to promoting to tourists from all over the world and people about a land imbued with cultural values and about a city of Hue - ASEAN Cultural City, the typical Festival City of Vietnam.

Coming to Hue, coming to Huyen Tran Cultural Center on the occasion of the festival and visiting the spacious space here, listening to the bell of Hoa Binh echoing, and watching the panoramic view of Hue city from the top of Ngu Phong, it seems that all the peace and tranquility are gathered here for everyone to admire...

Photo: Nguyen Dinh Chien, Ngoc Bich