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Kim Lien Shrine – The southern guardian of old Hanoi
Updated at Thursday, 14 Dec 2017, 09:19
Kim Lien Shrine (Xa Dan Str, Hanoi) preserves numerous values of Vietnamese culture and history.
As narrated, the shrine was built during ealier years of Ly Dynasty, in honor of Cao Son Dai Vuong (Saint Cao Son), one of the fifty sons of Lac Long Quan and Au Co (ancestors of the Vietnamese nation). He followed his father to the mountains and is one of two deities worshipped in the Tan Vien Mountain temple. Cao Son was the deity who secretly contributed to helping King Le Tuong Duc quell the rebellions in Dong Do, so the King decided to build Kim Lien Temple in 1509 to worship him. Kim Lien Shrine honors one of the four guardians of ancient Thang Long: Tran Vu in the north; Bach Ma in the east; Ling Lang in the west; and Cao Son in the south.
Time passes by, Kim Lien villagers renovated and built more constructions to deliver mutual social activities of the temple.
After two vast restoration phases in 2000 and 2010, the temple’s main entrance includes five gates with board of three word “Kim Lien Shrine”. On four pillars are decoration of phoenix – familiar motto of Vietnamese temples.
Walking through the gate, you will enter a large yard, then the alter-curtain, the bow-area. Around the space is decoration of curved and stylized stone cloud, dragon. Annually,  on March 16 of Lunar calendar, the Kim Lien Village hold a festival with many ceremonies to express their honor and gratefulness to Cao Son god, as well as untold folk games for villagers and guests to attend.
With significant value of history, the shrine turns out to be an attractive site for not only Hanoians but the city’s lovers and visitors.
Some photos about the shrine:
Half-moon lake in front of the temple
Half-moon lake in front of the shrine
Five gates set of main entrance
Five-gate set of the main entrance
The ancient panel with three words of Kim Lien Shrine
The ancient panel with three words of Kim Lien Shrine
The alter-curtain
The alter-curtain
The old decoration around the staircase
The old decoration around the staircase
Inside the shrine
Inside the shrine
The oldest relic in the shrine - one stone stela since 1772 confirming that Kim Lien Shrine is the southern guardian of old Hanoi
The oldest relic in the shrine - one stone stela since 1772 confirming that Kim Lien Shrine is the southern guardian of old Hanoi
Sculptured details in the stela
Sculptured details in the stela
Words since 1772
Words since 1772
The shrine's overview
The shrine's overview
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