The Hanoitimes - The Huong Son landscape complex still holds the historical value and represents special cultural value of Vietnamese buddhism.
The My Duc district People’s Committee has received a certificate honoring the Huong Son landscape complex, known as Huong Pagoda a special national relic site.
The ceremony also aimed to mark the 130th founding anniversary of My Duc district and 60 years since then President Ho Chi Minh visited the Huong Pagoda.
The Huong Son landscape complex consists of 21 Buddhist pagodas, caves and temples worshipping local agricultural gods. The complex was built under the reign of King Le Thanh Tong (1442 – 1497).
Huong Son landscape complex receives certificate of recognition of special national relic site. Photo: Hanoimoi.com.vn
From 1947 to 1950, the complex was destroyed by French colonialists and has been rebuilt with the support of the state, local residents and visitors.
In December 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc decided to add the Huong Son complex to the list of special national relic sites.
Speaking at the ceremony, Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai said it was an honor for the administration and people of My Duc district and the capital city to receive the recognition.
Hanoi administration and people would make utmost efforts to uphold the relic site’s values to turn it into a destination for not only spiritual tourism but also for educating in history, culture and environment, he added.
The traditional Huong Pagoda Festival from the first through the third lunar month each year is one of the biggest of its kind in Vietnam, helping the complex attract millions of visitors every year.
In 2017, the pagoda festival received around 1.3 million visitors, including 7,800 foreigners, according to the Management Board’s report.