Den Hung Remains Phu To province

Dear localytes, i am working on a Den Hung Remains video I shot this year. The video shows the first day after the festival and is a really impressive insight of the vietnamese soul and lifestyle. For some scenes I would appreciate your help to get some missing informations. Many thanks in advance. With best regards Joachim


Country: Vietnam


Dir Mr. Joachim
Den Hung is one of our Vietnamese most famous temple. It's the temper of our first kings in legion, who found our country. Vietnam, or in the very first beginning was VanLang.
The name of Vietnam had been changed from Xich Quy, VanLang, Van Xuan, An Nam, Dai Co Viet, Dai Ngu, Dai Viet, and Viet Nam.It's was a long story of creation and fighting to keep the country independence.
Nowaday, we still remember our root, and celebrate for the day the last king died (because we dont know when was he born heheheheh), that's on 10/10 moon-calender, all Vietnamese people have a day off. follow by what you said, I think you are telling about 14/10 moon-calender? that's when everything come to quite normal.
please fell free to ask if you want to collect more information, scenes, or information from your scenes. I'll try my best to help.
please contact me by the email:

your sincerely.
Dear Mr.Long Tran,

thank you yery much for your quick reply and your offer to give me further informations. I will contact you via mail.

With best regards

Evidence of the earliest established society other than the prehistoric Iron Age Đông Sơn culture in Northern Vietnam was found in Cổ Loa, an ancient city situated near present-day Hà Nội.

According to myth, the first Vietnamese people were descended from the Dragon Lord Lạc Long Quân and the Immortal Fairy Âu Cơ. Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ had 100 sons before deciding to part ways. 50 of the children went with their mother to the mountains, and the other 50 went with their father to the sea. The eldest son became the first in a line of early Vietnamese kings, collectively known as the Hùng kings (Hùng Vương or the Hồng Bàng Dynasty). The Hùng kings called their country, located on the Red River delta in present-day northern Vietnam, Văn Lang. The people of Văn Lang were known as the Lạc Việt.

Many legends from this period offer a glimpse into the life of the people. The Legend of the Rice Cakes is about a prince who won a culinary contest; he then wins the throne because his creations, the rice cakes, reflect his deep understanding of the land's vital economy: rice farming. The Legend of Giong about a youth going to war to save the country, wearing iron armor, riding an armored horse, and wielding an iron staff, showed that metalworking was sophisticated. The Legend of the Magic Crossbow, about a crossbow that can deliver thousands of arrows, showed extensive use of archery in warfare.

By the 3rd century BC, another Viet group, the Âu Việt, emigrated from present-day southern China to the Red River delta and mixed with the indigenous Văn Lang population. In 258 BC, a new kingdom, Âu Lạc, emerged as the union of the Âu Việt and the Lạc Việt, with Thục Phán proclaiming himself "King An Dương Vương". At his capital Cổ Loa, he built many concentric walls around the city for defensive purposes. These walls, together with skilled Âu Lạc archers, kept the capital safe from invaders for a while. However, it also gave rise to the first recorded case of espionage in Vietnamese history, resulting in the downfall of King An Dương Vương.

In 207 BC, an ambitious Chinese warlord named Triệu Đà (Chinese: Zhao Tuo) defeated King An Dương Vương by having his son Trọng Thủy (Chinese: Zhong Shi) act as a spy after marrying An Dương Vương's daughter. Triệu Đà annexed Âu Lạc into his domain located in present-day Guangdong, southern China, then proclaimed himself king of a new independent kingdom, Nam Việt (Chinese: 南越, Nan Yue). Trọng Thủy, the supposed crown prince, drowned himself in Cổ Loa out of remorse for the death of his wife in the war.

Some Vietnamese consider Triệu's rule a period of Chinese domination, since Triệu Đà was a former Qin general. Others consider it an era of Việt independence as the Triệu family in Nam Việt were assimilated to local culture. They ruled independently of what then constituted China's (Han Dynasty). At one point, Triệu Đà even declared himself Emperor, equal to the Chinese Han Emperor in the north.
Dear Mr.Goetghebeur,

thank you so much for your given time and detailed informations. I will contact you later again, I just checked my account and have to go to work. In Germany it´s now
8 am.

With best regards

Joachim Scheid.
Hello Joachim.
You chose a very interesting place to film. You have probably figured out already that culture cannot be filmed. Phu Tho province, the Den Hung remains are the very essence of the birth of what we now know as the Vietnamese people/culture. Ask any Vietnamese school student about the origins of their country and they will launch into a story of dragons, fairies and emperors. There are a few different versions of the story, but they ALL talk of the same place. The beautiful countryside sweeping from Ninh Binh through to Pho Tho.
This imagined time is said to be as far back as 5,000 years ago. So filming reality from that long ago won't happen.
Even though it is easy to say that culture can not be filmed (because culture happens in the head) sometimes the photographer, the researcher, the tourist can get a brief glimpse into the thinkings of the people.
Your filming of the festival is the best starting point. This will show remnants of an older time. Of course over time change have happened, but there will be customs so old that no-one will be able to tell you why they perform them. This tells you that you are getting close. I have seen very similar snippets of this culture in southern China, Laos and Taiwan. Some of your answers may lie there also. We can't view your film from this site, so it makes it difficult to give specific help. Good luck with what sounds like a very interesting project.
Hi Paul, thank you very much for your reply. I am currently on a tv production that gives me no time out for any corresponding. I will contact you as fast as possible.

With best regards


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