Phu Tho (NAV) – A mobile app named ‘hung den‘ (Hung Temple) was launched on April 9, which is the ninth day of the third lunar month and one day before the death anniversary of Hung Kings – the nation’s legendary founders.
Through the APP, now available on App Store and CH Play/Google Play, users can search information about hanging temple special national site of historical relics illustrated with images, video clips with stories.
Maps and areas open to visitors, places hosting rituals and festivals this year, trusted services and accommodations, restaurants and shops will be featured in the app. An Organizing Board hotline is provided for receiving comments and reports regarding violations during the Hung Temple Festival.
People at home and abroad can donate for the relic site repair through the app.
Hung King is the title given to ancient Vietnamese rulers of the Hong Bang period (2879-258 BC). They were the kings of Van Lang. The worship rituals of the Hung kings were recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2012.
Legend has it that Lac Long Quan (real name Sung Lam, son of Kinh Duong Vuong and Than Long Nu) married Au Co (the fairy daughter of De Lai). Au Co then gave birth to a pouch filled with 100 eggs, which quickly hatched into a hundred threads. However, soon after, Lac Long Quan and Au Co went their separate ways. Lac Long Quan went to the coast with 50 of the children, while Au Co went to the highlands with the rest.
Their eldest son was made king, who named the country Van Lang and established the capital at Phong Chau (modern Viet Tri town in Phu Tho province), beginning the 18 generations of the Hung kings.
Kings chose Nghia Linh mountain, the highest in the region, to perform rituals dedicated to rice and sun deities to pray for healthy harvests.
To honor their great contributions, a temple complex dedicated to them was built on Nghia Linh Mountain, and the 10th day of the third lunar month serves as the national memorial anniversary for the kings./.