King to be reburied at original location

The remains of the last king of the Le Dynasty is set to be reburied at where he was discovered from. The body of King Le Du Thong was exhumed after his coffin was discovered in 1958 and his descendants had planned to rebury his body somewhere else, but following objection from the village where the coffin was found, the authorities have decided instead to return the body to its original location.

Le king reburial site moved closer to home
Thanh Nien News, 13 November 2009

The remains of King Le Du Tong (1679-1731), which have survived nearly 50 years of poor preservation at a museum, will be reburied in his hometown after the cancelation of a plan for reburial at a nearby village.

The king will be reburied at Xuan Giang Commune’s Bai Trach Village in the central province of Thanh Hoa, where his body was discovered in a coffin in 1958, according to a proposal by the Le family sent to provincial authorities and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

It is god and the people’s wish to bring the king’s body back to where he first rested, said Le family representative Le Van Tam in a recent interview with Thanh Nien.

The move comes amid mild controversy due to the Le family’s initial plans to rebury the king in neighboring Ban Thach Village. Bai Trach villagers objected to the idea, though the two villages were one before the French split them during their colonial rule 1887-1945.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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