Tran Temple in Nam Dinh


Tran Temple Complex where Kings of the Tran Dynasty and their mandarins are worshipped in Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City in the northern province of the same name is touted as one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations during the first month of the lunar new year.

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About Tran temple in Nam Dinh

Tran Temple in Nam Dinh is a famous destination, where kings of the Tran Dynasty and their mandarins are worshiped

Tran Temple in Nam Dinh is a famous destination, where kings of the Tran Dynasty and their mandarins are worshiped. The structure of this place has three main buildings, comprised of the Thien Truong Temple (Up Temple), Trung Hoa Temple (Center Temple), and Co Trach Temple (Down Temple). Thien Truong Temple was established from the base of Trung Quang Palace in which the former King lived and worked.

The first aisle of the temple has the altars and plaques of the Tran Dynasty’s mandarins. The other two aisles in the back are devoted to worshipping the Tran Kings and their ancestors, and the altars of their queens are located at the sides of the interior. Co Trach Temple is devoted to Tran Quoc Tuan, one of the most famous generals in the history of Vietnam, who had three epic victories for the Tran Dynasty against Mongol invaders.

Tran Temple in Nam Dinh

His family and most reliable assistant are memorialized, along with many other mandarins such as Truong Han Sieu and Pham Thien Nhan.  Trung Hoa Temple is a new building built in 2000 by the local authorities. This temple is used to worship all fourteen Kings of the Tran Dynasty along with their most respected mandarins.

If you visit here on January 15th (lunar calendar) don’t miss the Tran Temple Festival, which celebrates the Tran Dynasty and its famous resistance against three Mongol invasions. This event is also a chance for people to pray for good fortune in their lives, and especially in business.        

Tran Temple festival

Surrounded by perennial trees, the complex has a long history of nearly 300 years and has preserved some architectural works such as Thien Truong and Co Trach temples and Pho Minh Pagoda and Tower.

Traditionally, throngs of pilgrims throughout the country flock to the land of Nam Dinh to burn incense to pay tribute to Tran Kings and national hero Tran Hung Dao as well as partake in the famous Tran Temple Festival in the springtime.

Tran Temple Festival via Bao Thanh Nien

A highlight of the festival is the Tran Temple’s seal opening ceremony which always takes place at 11 p.m. on the 14th of the first lunar month until the small hours as tens of thousands of people stand in long queues to obtain a lucky seal stamp to pray for successful exams and business.

This year, the festival lasts from February 26 until March 2.

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