Tussle over where to bury dead king's body

A small tussle has emerged over the final burial place of King Le Du Thong (167901731), who was unearthed in 1958. The king’s descendants want him buried in a new location, while the residents of the commune his body was found in insist that the body should be interred in its original place.

Thanh Hoa commune lays claim to Le king’s reburial site
Thanh Nien News, 02 November 2009

A commune in the central province of Thanh Hoa is insisting that King Le Du Tong (1679-1731) of the Le Dynasty be reburied where his coffin was found, instead of another location planned by his descendants.

The king should be reburied at Xuan Giang Commune’s Bai Trach Village, where his body was discovered in a coffin in 1958, residents said in a complaint sent to several high-ranking agencies of the government and the Party last month.
“Reburial means to bring him back to where he rested,” Do Thi Kinh, wife of Do Van Luong, who discovered the coffin, told Thanh Nien.

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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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