Incense offering ceremony held in honour of Hung Kings hinh anh 1Millions of people across the country flock to the Hung Kings Temple during the temple's festival (Photo: VNA) 
Phu Tho (VNA)Viet Tri city in the northern province of Phu Tho, home to the Hung Kings Temple Relic Site, held an incense offering ceremony at the site on March 31, ahead of the annual Hung Kings Temple Festival.

The Hung Kings Temple Festival is held at the site on the 10th day of the third lunar month to commemorate the founders of the first nation in the history of Vietnam, called Van Lang.

Millions of people across the country flock to the Hung Kings Temple in Viet Tri on the occasion.

Ruling the country through 18 generations (2879–258 BC), the Hung Kings taught locals how to grow wet rice. They chose Nghia Linh Mountain, the highest in the region, to perform rituals devoted to rice and sun deities to pray for lush crops.

The worshipping ritual of the Hung Kings was recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

Viet Tri city, which was the first capital of Vietnam under the Van Lang administration, still owns many archaeological and historical relics related to Hung Kings’ reign.

The city is making investment to optimize its advantage in spiritual tourism. -VNA