30.05.2021, 19:22

Visiting the sacred Hai Duong Painting Temple ‘gets whatever you ask for ‘

Traveling to Hai Duong, don’t forget to visit Tranh Temple, a destination that not only attracts tourists with its unique and characteristic temple architecture but also makes visitors curious because people often tell each other that this place is famous for its sacred spirit. Color application, whatever you ask for. 

Hai Duong has long been a famous land of culture and history with a rich and sacred heritage of temples and pagodas, typically Tranh temple in Ninh Giang district. Hai Duong Painting Temple is one of the attractive destinations for many tourists because this is not only an architectural work with bold features of Vietnamese temple and pagoda culture but also a place with unique spiritual beliefs. A unique place to worship the Water God of local people with interesting sayings about Quan Lon Tuan Tranh. 


Visiting the sacred Hai Duong Painting Temple ‘gets whatever you ask for ‘
Tranh Temple is a very famous spiritual architecture of Hai Duong. Photo: @thanh.thao.ng


History of Tranh Temple – an attractive spiritual destination of Hai Duong 

Hai Duong Painting Temple is located about 30km south of the city center, this is a temple that any local people feel proud of. Tranh Temple is also known as Quan Lon Tuan Tranh Temple. In the Le – Former dynasties, the location of the temple was located near the Tranh wharf in the Canton of But, Vinh Lai district, now in Dong Tam commune of Ninh Giang district. 

Tranh Temple is a large temple worshiping legendary figures according to local people’s beliefs. According to documents passed down, there are many magical legends associated with Tranh temple. The most prominent is the legend of Quan Lon Tuan Tranh, who is worshiped in the temple. ‘


Tranh Temple is the place to worship Tuan Tranh. Photo:@thao.hien.98
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Accordingly, Mr. Tuan Tranh was originally a Tran Dynasty mandarin and took office in Ninh Giang district and then went to Lang Son to fight the enemy. At that time, there were two fierce snakes at the Tranh river wharf that often harassed good people, one day they took the beautiful wife of Tuan Tranh mandarin, causing him to sue Long Vuong. The two snakes lost, so they had to take the whole family to another place, since then Tranh river wharf is no longer disturbed by two snakes, people remember their gratitude, so they set up a temple to worship Tuan Tranh as a god to protect. section of the river, bless the people to trade luck and cross the river safely. 


The temple is associated with many mystical legends. Photo: Tran Quynh Thuong

There is no exact information about the time of construction of Tranh temple, according to the elders, this temple was originally built on the temple of Tranh Giang Dai Vuong dating from the Hung King’s time. Also according to the elderly, Hai Duong Tranh Temple is located on a beautiful land with many luxuriant old trees and is especially sacred if you want to bridge the island when going to the river. 


The temple is especially sacred in the eyes of locals and visitors. Photo: @tramanh19121991

In the Nguyen Dynasty, the Tranh temple was built very majestically, with a large statue of Tuan Tranh and elaborate patterns and carvings. In 1887, the French colonialists came to Hai Duong and used Tranh Temple as a base for their troops but did not dare to destroy the temple because they knew it was very spiritual. Hai Duong Painting Temple used to have a scale of 127 rooms with an area of ​​​​4 acres in the north. However, in 1946, when the resistance was destroyed, the temple was ruined, leaving only 3 compartments. In 1966, the people of Tranh Xuyen village moved the temple to its current location and restored and restored each item to preserve the national cultural heritage and become a spiritual destination for locals and tourists from all over the world. 

Architecture of Painting Temple in Hai Duong today 

Tranh Temple in Hai Duong is currently a large spiritual architectural work and also one of the sacred symbolic temples of the Northwest region. The architectural complex in the Tranh temple area includes Tranh pagoda separated by a lake. 


The architecture of Tranh temple bears the characteristics of the works of the Le – Nguyen dynasties. Photo: Huy Hoang

The temple currently has 3 compartments and forbidden palaces in which the outermost compartment is the altar to worship Tran Trieu, the altar to worship Son Trang, the middle room is to worship Ngoc Hoang Thuong De, the inner room is to worship the Mother land, worship the Buddha on the right side, in the middle is the worshiping place. Quan Lon Tuan Tranh and the fee on the left is to worship the Four Quan Lon. The innermost space is the forbidden palace, the area behind the temple is the mother-worshiping cave. The campus of Hai Duong Painting Temple is quite large, so guests who come to worship or pray are very comfortable. 


The main worship area of ​​the temple. Photo: Nguyen Nhu Ngoc.

In general, the architecture of Tranh temple bears the characteristics of the Le and Nguyen dynasties. This place still preserves a lot of valuable antiques such as the bronze statue of Quan Lon Tuan Tranh, the stone statue of the Four Pillars, the bronze top, the bronze crane, the letter book, the incense bowl, the porcelain bowl…


Statue of Quan Lon Tuan Tranh. Photo: Dai Viet Pottery

Painting Temple Festival in Hai Duong 

Folks often tell each other about Tranh Temple as “a very sacred temple, soldiers can get whatever they want”, so every year, on the occasion of the festival of the temple, tourists come to visit a lot. 


The Hai Duong Painting Temple Festival takes place twice a year. Photo: Eva.vn

Hai Duong Tranh Temple has two main festivals in the year, the February festival lasts from 10 to 20 days, of which the main festival is February 14, the birthday of the Quan Tuan Tranh, and the May festival lasts from 20-26. 5 in which the main assembly is the 25th of the 5th lunar month, which is the day he celebrates the Holy Week. 


The festival attracts a lot of locals and tourists from all over the world. Photo: Nguyen Thanh Van

During the festival, there will be many activities with bold folklore, such as the singing of Hau Thanh with 36 unique prices. 


The activity of singing Xuong Hau Thanh in the festival is very special. YT/ Ngoc Thien Camera

Experience moving to Tranh Temple from Hanoi

Hai Duong Painting Temple is located in Ninh Giang town, so from Hanoi you can move here very easily by motorbike or car. From the inner city of Hanoi, you follow the direction of Chuong Duong bridge and then turn right into Long Bien, pass Xuan Quan / DT 378, turn onto National Highway 1A to Hanoi – Hai Phong highway towards Hai Duong city. From here, you continue to go to National Highway 38B to Highway 37, turn to Thanh Nien Street and then go to Khuc Thua Du Street to arrive at Quan Lon Tuan Tranh Temple. 


From Hanoi, you can go to Tranh temple by motorbike, car or car with a distance of 80km. Photo: BestPrice_1

The distance from Hanoi to Quan Lon Tuan Tranh temple is 80km with a travel time of only about 1 hour and 30 minutes, so you can go about the same day. When you arrive, you can park your car in areas near the temple gate for a fee of 10000 VND / car. 

After visiting and exploring the Tranh temple of Hai Duong, don’t forget to find and enjoy the famous Ninh Giang gai cake. This is an attractive specialty that is very popular with tourists every time they come to Tranh temple. 


Coming to Tranh Temple, do not forget to enjoy the famous Ninh Giang gai cake. Photo: Hai Duong Newspaper

As an attractive spiritual destination, Tranh Temple is a great place for visitors to learn and discover the unique architectural and spiritual beauty of the people here. If you have the opportunity to return to Hai Duong, do not forget to visit the Tranh temple. 

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