The Do Temple at Dinh Bang, Bac Ninh
The Do Temple at Dinh Bang, Bac Ninh

The Do Temple

The Do Temple in Dinh Bang Village in Bac Ninh is dedicated to the 8 kings of the Ly Dynasty who ruled Dai Viet Kingdom (Vietnam) from 1010 A.D to 1225 A.D. The village was the homeland of King Ly Cong Uan who started the dynasty. The original temple was built in 1030 and has been renewed many times.

 The water stage at the Do Temple
The water stage at the Do Temple

 Visiting the Do Temple, you'll walk on a paved path by series of lake which run through the village. Upon entering the temple, you'll walk past houses to the left which are dedicated to local gods. The first stop is at the water stage (Thuy Dinh) where ceremonies and performances are normally organized.

Gate to the Do Temple
Gate to the Do Temple

 Once passing the gate, you'll be at the inner yard in front of the main house where the statues of the 8 Ly Kings are worshiped. The temple is normally crowded on the festival day which is the mid of the third lunar month of a year. It is said that the temple is favorable for career promotions.

Front yard at the Do Temple
Front yard at the Do Temple

 

 

Worshiping at the Do Temple
Worshiping at the Do Temple

 

 

The house for worshiping the 8 Ly Kings at the Do Temple
The house for worshiping the 8 Ly Kings at the Do Temple

 Visiting the temple nowadays, you can have a show of Quan Ho Songs performance which is listed by the UNESCO as World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Performing Quan Ho Songs at the Do Temple
Performing Quan Ho Songs at the Do Temple

 The Temple is 20km north of Hanoi and can be visited on a half a day or a full day tour. AdventureGreen organize backroad cycling tours to different tourist attractions in Bac Ninh Province. On our tours, you'll have lunch at a local family amid idyllic countryside.

Quan Ho Singers at the Do Temple
Quan Ho Singers at the Do Temple