Celebratory Festival Celebrates Ancient Protector of Thang Long Citadel

The Quan Thanh Temple Festival in Hanoi is set to showcase the city's cultural heritage and share its significance with both locals and visitors.

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The highly anticipated festival was held on April 22 in Hanoi, drawing in a vast number of visitors.

Located in the northwestern part of Hanoi, it is the oldest temple in the capital city.

Quan Thanh Temple, formerly known as Tran Vu Temple, was constructed during the reign of King Ly Thai To (1010-1028). Located in the northwestern part of Hanoi, this ancient temple is dedicated to Huyen Thien Tran Vu, one of the four sacred deities of Taoism. It is the oldest temple in the capital city and a popular pilgrimage site.

The Temple of Thang Long Tu Tran is one of the four guardian temples built to protect the ancient Thang Long Citadel from evil spirits. Constructed at the four cardinal points, this temple serves as a reminder of the rich heritage of the Thang Long Citadel and its long-standing history.

The Quan Thanh Temple Festival is celebrated twice a year to give thanks to Huyen Thien Tran Vu, a powerful genie believed to have helped the Hung Kings expel invaders, and protect the people from evil spirits and natural disasters. Held on the third day of the third Lunar month and the ninth day of the ninth Lunar month, the festival features a variety of traditional activities, such as dragon and lion dances, martial arts, and traditional music and theatre performances.

 The art performance kicked off the Quan Thanh Temple Festival. Photo: Duy Minh
 Ta Nam Chien, Chairman of Ba Dinh District People’s Committee delivered a speech to pay tribute to Huyen Thien Tran Vu deity. Photo: Duy Minh
 The procession was made in the area around the West Lake and in front of Quan Thanh Temple. Photo: Duy Minh  
 The festival drew the attention of visitors to the area over the weekend. Photo: Duy Minh
 The offerings are seasonal fruits and local products such as banh com (young sticky rice cake), banh te (steamed rice cake), among others. Photo: Duy Minh
 Bui Hong Son, the custodian of Quan Thanh Temple recounted the miracle about Huyen Thien Tran Vu at the ceremony. Photo: Duy Minh
 Visitors to Quan Thanh Temple offer incense to commemorate the ancient Vietnamese genie. Photo: Duy Minh