At a grand ceremony yesterday at Lam Kinh Historical Site in Thọ Xuân District, Thanh Hóa Province, authorities received the Prime Minister’s certificate recognising the site as a Special National Relic.
The ceremony was part of the annual Lam Kinh festival, which honours national hero Lê Lợi (1384-1443).
Also known as Lê Thái Tổ, he was the first king of the Vietnamese Lê Dynasty.
The festival also celebrates those who joined the Lam Sơn Uprising against the Chinese Ming invaders to win national independence.
The Lê Dynasty (1428-1788) had two royal temples, one in Thăng Long (now Hà Nội) and the other in Lam Kinh.
Every year the kings made a pilgrimage from Thăng Long Citadel to Lam Kinh to pay tribute to their ancestors.
The festival also celebrates those who joined the Lam Sơn Uprising against the Chinese Ming invaders to win national independence
“The fact that Lam Kinh Historical Site is now a National Special Relic reflects the current generations’ gratefulness to previous generations’ devotion and sacrifice in the fight against foreign invaders, the protection of sovereignty and independence Fand national construction.”
Politburo member and Việt Nam Fatherland Front president Nguyễn Thiện Nhân said at the ceremony.
“It also demonstrates the importance of the State and Party’s policies to protect the nation’s cultural heritage.
Both intangible and tangible cultural heritage sites are important assets for the whole nation.
“The Lam Kinh Historical Site is our pride and honour, so we all need to take serious responsibility for protecting it as well as other national historical relics.”
The Fatherland Front president urged the local people to continue efforts to conserve the site and develop tourism.
The three-day festival, which ends today, features traditional rituals, art performances and folk games.
The biggest-ever festival so far, it commemorates the 580th death anniversary of King Lê Thái Tổ and 595th anniversary of the Lam Sơn Uprising.