15:17 | 26/02/2018 Society
The Yen Tu Spring Festival officially opened on February 25, the 10th day of the first lunar month, at the Yen Tu historical site in Uong Bi city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
|Numerous activities were organised during the opening ceremony, including traditional rituals and art performances - Photo: VNA|
According to the festival’s management board, the number of visitors to the site is expected to hit two million during this year’s festival.
Yen Tu Mountain is located about 50 kilometers from Ha Long City. The area has a beautiful natural landscape and awe-inspiring scenery, being surrounded by ancient pagodas and hermitages.
The pilgrimage route, which winds from the foot of the mountain up to its peak, is almost 30 kilometers. Dong Pagoda, which sits atop the mountain, is more than a kilometer above sea level.
In the 13th century, King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), the third king of the Tran dynasty, abdicated the throne when he was 35 and spent the rest of his life on Yen Tu Mountain, practising and propagating Buddhism. He founded the first Vietnamese School of Buddhism called “Thien Tong” or Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen on the 1,068m-high Yen Tu Mountain. The 20,000ha site is considered to be the capital of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Besides numerous temples, it also preserves many old religious and cultural documents such as precious prayer-books and monks’ writings.
With its significant historical, cultural, and natural values, Yen Tu was recognized as a Special National Relic Site in September 2012. It was also selected as one of the 10 most popular spiritual destinations in Vietnam by the Vietnam Records Organization.