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Snapshots depicting emperor commemoration

Text and Photos by Hieu Truong

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On the morning of November 10, the 176th imperial ceremony commemorating Emperor Thieu Tri took place at Dieu De Pagoda. Emperor Thieu Tri was the third king of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last royal dynasty in Vietnam. This pagoda is one of the three remaining national pagodas from the Nguyen Dynasty in the ancient capital of Hue.

Historical records tell us that after ascending to the throne in 1841, King Thieu Tri, whose real name was Nguyen Phuc Mien Tong, commissioned the construction of Dieu De Pagoda in 1844. It was built in the eastern area of the imperial grounds where the emperor was born.

Emperor Thieu Tri passed away on October 4, 1847, at the age of 41. Following his death, a tablet honoring the king was enshrined in The Mieu Temple and at Dieu De Pagoda. Emperor Thieu Tri’s tomb, known as Xuong Lang, is located in Cu Chanh Village, Huong Thuy Township, Thua Thien Hue Province.

A monk prepares for the ceremony
The renowned painting “Nine Dragons Hidden in the Clouds” at Dieu De Pagoda
Nha Nhac performance at the ceremony. Nha Nhac, proclaimed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, encompasses various musical and dance styles performed on the Vietnamese royal court
People gather in the main hall to participate in the ceremony
The Venerable Monk of Dieu De Pagoda kicks off the ceremony
… and bestows blessings upon royal descendants
Monks participate in the ceremony
Ringing the bell to pray for peace and prosperity during the ceremony
Monks in attendance
A variety of vegetarian dishes offered at the ceremony
Royal descendants, locals, and tourists pay tribute to Emperor Thieu Tri, who commissioned the construction of Dieu De Pagoda, a national pagoda
In 2018, Dieu De National Pagoda embarked on a significant restoration project, preserving the entire old main hall dating back to 1953

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