Kiep Bac Temple – Hai Duong

Kiep Bac Temple is located in Chi Linh, Hai Duong Province, 5km from Con Son pagoda, and about 80km from Hanoi city center. This area was the hideout and residence of national hero Tran Hung Dao in 13th century.

Kiep Bac is in fact the junction of Van Yen (Kiep Village) and Duoc Son (Bac Village). It is located in a rich valley surrounded by the Nui Rong Mountains. The surroundings give Kiep Bac a secretive, poetic, and dreamy quality.

In the 13th century, the hideout and residence of national hero Tran Hung Dao, the commander of the resistance troops in the war against the Yuan – Mongol invaders, were located in this area. A temple was built in the beginning of the 14th century in the centre of Kiep Bac valley. In the temple, bronze statues of Tran Hung Dao, his wife, his two daughters, Pham Ngu Lao, Nam Tao, and Bac Dau, as well as tablets for the cult of his four sons still remain.

Every year, the Kiep Bac Temple Festival is celebrated on the 20th day of the 8th lunar month, the anniversary of the death of Tran Hung Dao.

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