At the Thang Long Citadel Relic Complex, a
ceremony marking the completion of 1,000 Thang Long dragons, special souvenirs
of the Thang Long-Hanoi millennium was held by the Dong Son Fine Arts Company on
In front of Kinh Thien Palace, the heart of the Thang Long Citadel where kings
and mandarin made important discussions on the state affairs, the Hanoi City
People's Committee and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism leaders and
visitors held an incense offering ceremony to express respect to the ancestors
who constructed and maintained the country and prayed for peace and happiness.
After the incense offering ceremony, superior Buddhist monk Thich Minh Hien, the
deputy head of the Central Cultural Committee under the Vietnamese Buddhist
Association, monks and nuns from the Hanoi Buddhist Association conducted a
Buddhist rite to brighten the dragon eyes.
Addressing the ceremony, Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, the deputy chairwoman of the Hanoi
City People's Committee cum deputy head of National Steering Committee for the
Anniversary 1,000 year Thang Long - Hanoi, highly appreciated the Dong Son Fine
Arts Company's efforts over the months spent completing the dragons. The Thang
Long dragons are said to epitomize the national culture and historical values of
the country. In addition, Ngo Thi Thanh Hang went on to praise the company's
Dong Son Fine Arts Company Chairman, Le Huy Dac said that the dragons
represented a tribute from the company to their professional forefathers.
Through the gift, the company wanted to make a contribution to Hanoi's
According to the organizing board, after the religious ceremony, the dragons
numbered 0001 and 1,000 would be taken to the Temple of Literature and sold at
auction live on VTV4 on September, 26. The auction will continue on October, 3
on VTV1. The money from the auction will be presented to the Agent Orange Victim
The dragon number 0001 symbolizes Ly Thai To King whose real name was Ly Cong
Uan (974-1028). He came to the throne in 1009 and ruled the country until 1028.
Ly Thai To King moved the capital from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh Province) to Dai La
(now Hanoi) and changed the name to Thang Long (Ascending Dragon). He compiled
the Royal Proclamation of Moving the Capital. During his reign, Ly Thai To King
constructed the Thang Long Citadel, the world cultural heritage site recognized
by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The 1,000th dragon is the symbol of 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi. The dragon
represents the longevity of a capital with 1,000 year cultural tradition. Over
1,000 years with numerous historical upheavals, the cultural tradition of the
capital still remains unchanged.
At the conclusion of the project, a peace gala evening will be held on September
26 at the Temple of Literature. Through the auction, the organizing board wants
to send a message of peace and appeal to Vietnamese and people all over the
world to support Agent Orange victims and repair the damage left by war.
The auctions provide an opportunity for people throughout the country to buy a
souvenir of the Hanoi millennium celebration and will provide donations to the
Agent Orange Victim Fund. The people who buy a dragon will be granted a
certificate by the National Steering Committee for the Anniversary of 1,000 year
Source: Vietnam Economic