Vietnamese king laid to rest

The remains of King Le Du Thong (1679-1731) was reburied earlier this week in a ceremony mixing traditional and contemporary practices. The remains of the king were uncovered in the middle of the last century and were housed in the Vietnamese History Museum until reburial.

King Le Du Tong to be brought home for burial
Saigon Giai Phong, 23 January 2010

Le king to be reburied after delay
Thanh Nien News, 23 January 2010

Royal remains for reburial
Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 January 2010

The remains of King Le Du Tong (1680-1731) will be buried in Bai Trach Village, Tho Xuan District of Thanh Hoa Province during a royal ceremony on January 25, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced January 21.

The funeral will be held at the Vietnam History Museum in Hanoi at 1 am on January 25 and presided over by the People’s Committee of Thanh Hoa Province, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee, and the Le royal family.

The King’s remains will be brought to Thanh Hoa for a special ceremony at 11 am during which his coffin will be lowered into the ground.

Before arriving at the cemetery, the funeral procession will stop at the Lam Kinh historical relic, about 50 km west of Thanh Hoa city. The site is a sacred area of eminent royal tombs of former Le Kings.


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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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