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Traditional festival kicks off at Trang An Landscape Complex in northern Vietnam

Monday, April 22, 2019, 15:29 GMT+7
Traditional festival kicks off at Trang An Landscape Complex in northern Vietnam
Boats carrying visitors who attend the Trang An Festival at the namesake landscape complex in the northern Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh on April 21, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The annual Trang An Festival started on Sunday at the famous namesake tourist site in the northern Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh, attracting thousands of local residents as well as domestic and international visitors.

Themed ‘Quintessence converges on the rock kingdom,’ this year’s festival takes place at the Trang An Landscape Complex on April 21 and 22.

Despite the hot weather, more than 20,000 people participated in the first day of the event.

The annual festival is often held on the 18th day of the third lunar month to commemorate Saint Quy Minh Dai Vuong, a general under the reign of the 18th Hung King - one of Vietnam’s legendary founding fathers, as well as the Tran Kings, for their significant roles in establishing and protecting the country.  

This is also an occasion for locals to pay tribute to the ancestors and pray for peace, happiness and bumper crops.

A parade takes place along the river during the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A parade takes place along the river during the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

This year's event highlights the history of Vietnam under the Dinh, Le, and Tran dynasties in Ninh Binh’s Hoa Lu region, which was Vietnam’s capital in the 10th and early 11th centuries.

The fest features a variety of rituals, along with traditional musical performances from the northern provinces of Ha Giang, Bac Ninh, Hoa Binh, and Bac Kan.

A parade takes place along the river during the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A parade takes place along the river during the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Located about 100 kilometers south of Hanoi, the Trang An Landscape Complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

It became a national heritage site in May 2012.

Local residents take part in the event. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Local residents take part in the event. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

The complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks crisscrossed with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.

A studio within the complex, where the film ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was shot, is open free of charge to tourists throughout the festival.

A ritual as part of the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A ritual as part of the festival. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A river tour at Trang An is shot from above. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A river tour at Trang An is shot from above. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Inside a cave within the Trang An Landscape Complex. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Inside a cave within the Trang An Landscape Complex. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Foreign visitors enjoy the beauty of Trang An on a boat. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Foreign visitors enjoy the beauty of Trang An on a boat. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A folk game is performed at the venue. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A folk game is performed at the venue. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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