During two days from January 29 to January 30th, 2023 (the eighth and ninth day of the first lunar month), Huyen Tran shrine festival 2023 will be organized at Huyen Tran Culture Center (Ngu Phong mountain, An Tay ward, Hue city). Huyen Tran shrine festival 2023 is one of the typical activities of Hue Festival in the spring.

The festival not only shows national gratitude tradition “Uong nuoc nho nguon” (drink water, remember its source”), but also pays tribute to ancestors who made contribution to expanding national border, prays for peace to everyone and introduces Hue to far and near visitors as well as the image, cultural heritages of a cultural rich locality, an ASEAN cultural city and Vietnamese Festival city.

According to Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, the Director of Culture and Sport Department, Huyen Tran princess and her father Emperor Tran Nhan Tong are famous historic figures who contributed to the establishment of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue. Princess Huyen Tran was known as a caring person who loved her parents and citizens. Obeying her elder brother - Emperor Tran Anh Tong, the princess got married to the king of Champa kingdom to establish a bilateral harmonious relation and expand the national border to the south in early 14th century. Ever since, Chau O and Chau Ly were given to Hue as wedding present. To pay tribute and acknowledge princess Huyen Tran’s merits, locals honored and constructed a shrine to worship princess Huyen Tran.

Festivities held at Huyen Tran shrine festival 2023 (Ngu Phong mountain, An Tay ward, Hue city)

To celebrate the 700th anniversary of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue and extend the gratitude of Hue locals to Huyen Tran princess, Thua Thien Hue constructed Huyen Tran culture center on the total area of 28,5 hectares at the foot of Ngu Phong mountain (An Tay ward, Hue city) in 2006. The construction was finished on March 26, 2007.

In 2008, the shrine where Emperor Tran Nhan Tong was worshiped was built in the campus of Huyen Tran princess culture center to commemorate his birth anniversary (December 7, 1258 - December 7, 2008).  This structure commemorates the merit of the heroic emperor who directly led  countrymen in the struggle against Nguyen Mong, achieved historical feats and marked important milestones in expanding the national border to the south.

Nowadays, Huyen Tran shrine festival is annually held by Culture and Sport Department on the death anniversary of Huyen Tran princess - the ninth day of the first lunar month. This showed “Uong nuoc nho nguon” (drink water, remember its source), pay tribute to ancestors who had great merit in expanding national border. Within the framework of the festival, there are many typical cultural, art and sport activities such as Hue Singing, bai choi sing, folk games, marital arts performances, photo exhibitions, calligraphy, five-color dumpling making, conical hat making, traditional aodai, etc.