An ancient temple was discovered under sand in Tien Thanh village, Ky Khang commune, Ky Anh district, the central province of Ha Tinh.

The temple was found by workers of Ky Anh enterprise while they were mining for titanium at the site, said Le Ba Hanh, Deputy Director of the Ha Tinh Museum.

The temple was built of baked bricks and a mixture of lime, oyster shells, resin and molasses. It has two 2.5m high pillars with a statute of Nghe (an imaginary animal from old times) on top of each. Researchers think the temple may be the worshipping place of the village’s tutelary god.

The provincial authorities have required the enterprise to stop the mining and plan to ask for permission to excavate the temple, Hanh said./.