All 1,000 Thang Long dragons were showcased on
August 29 in the Thang Long Royal Citadel.
These dragons are cast by pure bronze, with two ruby-made eyes, based on the
dragon symbolizing the Ly Dynasty. Each dragon is 3-3.5kg in weight and numbered
1 to 1000, with a certificate of origin.
They are specially produced for the capital city’s 1000th anniversary.
The Italian Ambassador Andrea Perugini became the first person to receive a
Thang Long dragon. General Vo Nguyen Giap is the second.
The two dragons, numbered 0001 and 1,000, will be auctioned off during a
television program to raise funds for the Vietnam Association of Victims of
Agent Orange/Dioxin on September 26.
The TV program, Rong Thieng Ngan Nam (Holy Dragons of a Thousand Years), will be
broadcast from Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi.
The numbers 0001 and 1,000 attached to the two dragons are linked to two
historic events, the year King Ly Thai To issued a royal proclamation to move
the capital from Hoa Lu in present day Ninh Binh Province to Thang Long, now
Hanoi, and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long.
The other 998 items are being auctioned off via email firstname.lastname@example.org or
on www.rongthanglong.vn until August 30, while others will be given as gifts
during the anniversary events.