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Ancient capital comes alive during colorful Hue Nam Palace Festival

By Hieu Truong

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The Hue Nam (a.k.a. Hon Chen) Palace Festival, held from August 5 to 7, attracted not only pilgrims but also tourists, domestic and foreign alike, as they discovered the nuances of the traditional festival in the ancient capital.

The festival, held annually in July, started at the Thien Tien Thanh Giao Holy Palace at 352 Chi Lang Street in Hue City. Hundreds of fellow believers, local people and tourists, got together on the early morning of August 5 to attend the ceremony.

They also joined the procession with nearly a hundred beautifully decorated dragon boats going upstream of the Perfume River toward the Hue Nam Palace.

Members join the procession to bring the God Mother to Hue Nam Palace
A scenic view of the ceremony at the Thien Tien Thanh Giao Holy Palace
Fellow believers and pilgrims join the festival
The dragon boat procession travels through the Hue Citadel
Foreign tourists attend the festival
The procession passes through the Thien Mu Pagoda
The girls transformed into 12 fairies at the festival
Boats arrive at the Hon Chen Palace
Lots of locals and tourists join the festival at the Hon Chen Palace
Pilgrims, locals and tourists offer sacrifices at a shrine in the Hon Chen Palace
A group dances to ethnic musical instruments during the festival
Fellow believers at the Hon Chen Palace
A young fellow believer attends the festival
A fellow believer blesses people attending the festival
A fellow believer at the ceremony

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