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Various activities held nationwide to commemorate

Various activities were held on Wednesday at the Hung Kings Temple Complex in the midland province of Phu Tho to mark the death anniversary of the 18 Hung Kings (the tenth day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 28 this year. They included performances, sports contests and folk games.

Mr. Pham Ba Khiem, Head of the Management Board of the Hung Kings Temple historical relic, said as may as one million people, including foreign tourists, came from different parts of the country. Dozens of thousands of people had visited the relic a few days before the official opening of the Hung Kings Temple Festival on April 28.

Phu Tho provincial authority has a plan to restore the Hung Kings Temple Complex through 2015. All temples dedicated to the Hung Kings are located on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phong Chau District.

The preservation project will divide the complex into two zones. Zone 1 will consists of Ha Temple and Pagoda, Gieng Temple, Trung and Thuong temples, and the Hung Kings Tomb. Zone 2 will include Hung Temple National Park and the Hung Vuong Tourism and Cultural Village. Under the project, an 18-storey tower will be built, symbolizing the 18 kings of the Hung Dynasty.

Meanwhile, many cultural activities were also held in different localities of HCM City, as at Suoi Tien tourism resort, Dam Sen park, and Van Lang and Hung Vuong schools. The Municipal Committee, the Municipal People�€™s Council and the Vietnam Fatherland Front held an official meeting in commemoration of the national founders at the Vietnam Historical Museum in the city.

The content of a freshly-discovered tomb believed to belong to a powerful man under the Hung Kings dynasty at least 2,000 years ago will be displayed for pilgrims in commemoration of the Hung Kings' death anniversary this month.

The tomb was allocated on the top of an 8m high hill, five km from the temple dedicated to Hung Kings in the northern midland province of Phu Tho. Its details include a bronze pot and spear which only militarily and politically powerful persons managed to possess in that ancient time. The deceased was buried with his head in the northern direction, which, archaeologists said, showed the dead person's wish to continue his duty of safeguarding the homeland.

Many other objects in the tomb showed the dead person's high profile, including a 29cm - long bronze axe, the largest of its kind found in Vietnam, and a ceramic pot with a special and complicated design.

VNCG-VDC1 - (28/04/2004)

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