Den Do (Do Temple)

Published:  02:18 Friday - July 13, 2012 Located in the northern province of Bac Ninh, was built under the Ly Dynasty. This was where Ly Cong Uan was born. Thuy Dinh of Den Do (Do Temple) where water puppet was performed in the past. Today, it's for Quan Ho Folk Song performances.

The Ly Dysnasty was started by Ly Cong Uan in 1009 and it helped to bring Vietnam into a new era, which of independence and prosperity. Ly Cong Uan was also a visionary king that built Thang Long (or Ha Noi) today into the capital city of Vietnam in 1010. Ly family was the founder of the Temple of Literature and the first national school of Vietnam starting a new tradition in the culture, the tradition of learning and respecting knowledge.


The Place for Quan Ho Folk Song performances.


Den Do (Do Temple)
located in the northern province of Bac Ninh, was built under the Ly Dynasty in 1030 southeast of Co Phap Villag (or Dinh Bang Village today), in Tu Son District. This was where Ly Cong Uan was born. Thuy Dinh of Den Do (Do Temple) where water puppet was performed in the past. Today, it's for Quan Ho Folk Song performances. After ascending to the throne in 1010, Ly Thai To took a dragon boat trip on the poetic Tieu Tuong River to his homeland to visit the elderly people there and offerred incense at his mother’s tomb. He also measured out an area covering dozens of miles to set up Son Lang Cam Dia (forbidden mausoleum area), which was the complex of the Ly family's tombs. After Ly Thai To died in 1028, his son Ly Thai Tong succeeded the throne and built Do Temple at Son Lang Cam Dia to worship his father.

Since then the temple, also called Co Phap Dien or Ly Bat De Temple, has become the place to worship the kings after death. Entrance to the Do Temple The temple was repaired and upgraded many times. The biggest enlargement was in 1602. At that time, the temple complex covered 31,250 square meters and housed 21 differently buildings. , the temple was destroyed in the war against the French in 1952. After that it was restored with its original architecture of the 17th century in 1989.

Performing Quan Ho at Do Temple The festival also includes Quan Ho folk songs, water puppet performances and many competitions, include wrestling, chess, cock fighting and pigeon releasing. Paradissa offers different cultural tours to Bac Ninh and the Do Temple including leisurely cycling tours and easy sightseeing tours. The tours to Bac Ninh takes a full day or half a day from Hanoi. Do Temple is 15km from Ha Noi along Road No.1.

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