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What is Hanoi known as?
« on: November 08, 2019, 05:25:27 PM »
I believe Saigon was known as the 'Pearl of the Orient'.

I don't think Hanoi is known as 'the City of Peace'.  How about the city of bombings?

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Re: What is Hanoi known as?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 06:04:20 PM »
The old name for Hanoi is Thăng Long, meaning ascending dragon.

This is because during the Ly era (1010-1225), a monk traveling to Thanh Hoa happened to see a large dragon coiling into the clouds from where he stood.

Theo thần tích còn lưu lại, có vị sư tổ Từ Phong thường du ngoạn ở ven kinh thành Thăng Long, có lần đi qua đất Nam Dư thấy cảnh sắc đậm đà, bến thuyền xuôi ngược quyến rũ lòng người, ngài bỗng thấy có một con rồng từ đất bay lên nhào lượn trên không trung rồi biến vào vòm trời xanh. Đức tổ cho đây là chốn tiềm long (nơi rồng ẩn) nên quyết định xây phủ đệ ở lại Nam Dư, đồng thời, ngôi chùa lấy tên là Thiên Phúc, mở một con đường rất thẳng từ cung điện nhà vua tới chùa và xây ngôi đình làng cho dân thờ Long Vương thần. Vị Long Thần linh thiêng hiển hách có công cứu giúp Lê Lợi thoát khỏi mũi giáo của giặc trong cuộc khởi nghĩa Lam Sơn đánh đuổi giặc Minh. Khi Lê Lợi lên ngôi vua, nhớ ơn Long thần cứu mình, nhà vua đã phong sắc cho Long Vương là thượng đẳng thần và cho dân Nam Dư phụng sự hương khói đời đời.

He took this as a heavenly sign and built the Thien Phuc temple at this spot where it still stands today, one thousand years later!

The 3 buildings to the left are parts of the temple complex, while the pagoda in the middle of the lake probably marks the location where the monk saw the rising dragon.

The water festival dedicated to this event is done yearly to this day.

Hoan Kiem lake with the Le Loi legend is also a good place to do exercise in the morning.

In the old days, kids can swim out into the turquoise water to play with turtles!

The citadel of Thăng Long was also named after the dragon.

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