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Guidebook for visiting the Giong Temple in Soc Son

Giong Temple in Soc Son was formerly a small temple built during the reign of King Dinh Tien Hoang, then built, repaired, and consecrated by King Le Dai Hanh into Phu Dong Thien Vuong Temple. Giong Soc Son Temple is not only associated with the history of the Vietnamese people but also with the legend of Saint Giong that is often passed down by folk.

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The Giong Temple is situated on Soc Mountain in Ve Linh Commune, Soc Son. It forms a complex of historical relics that includes Trinh Temple, Non Nuoc Pagoda, Thuong Temple, Mau Temple (dedicated to Saint Giong’s mother), Dai Bi Pagoda, and Stone Temple. Notably, the statue of Saint Giong and other artifacts here are cast in pure bronze. Recognized by the State as a national historical relic, this complex holds significant cultural and spiritual importance.

Directions to Giong Soc Son Temple:

By Bus

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From the Long Bien bus transfer point, take bus number 15. The turn to Soc Son Temple Complex is slightly before the final stop at Pho Ni.

From the junction, it’s approximately 3km further to Soc Temple. You can choose to walk or take a motorbike taxi. Given the extensive walking within the temple grounds, opting for a motorbike taxi is advisable to conserve energy.

By motorbike or car

If traveling from Co Loa, return to Highway 3 and proceed for over 20km until you spot a road sign indicating the turn-off to Soc Temple on your left.

Upon entering, you’ll immediately encounter Trinh Temple (also known as Ha Temple), housing a revered bronze statue of the mountain god weighing 7 tons, renowned for its majestic presence. Adjacent to the temple, an ancient banyan tree and a pristine blue lake enhance the serene ambiance.

Ascending from the entrance gate, you’ll find a stele house crafted entirely from slate, housing stone steles that date back centuries.

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By bicycle

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Cycling up to Giong Temple, which is situated at an elevation of 302 meters, is a challenging endeavor that requires good physical fitness, endurance, and strong, flexible legs. This activity not only helps you exercise and improve your health but also satisfies your love for adventure and exploration.

The centerpiece of this historical site is the statue of Saint Giong atop Da Chong Mountain, crafted entirely from pure copper. Standing at a height of 11.07 meters and weighing 85 tons, this imposing statue was unveiled in 2010 as part of the construction projects commemorating 1,000 years of Thang Long. Visitors have the option to ascend the stairs from the mountain’s base or rent a vehicle to travel directly to the summit via a dedicated mountain-side road.

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The Giong Festival is an annual event held at Giong Temple in Soc Son to honor the legendary hero Giong’s contributions. Drawing thousands of visitors each year, the festival features a rich array of ceremonies, including offerings of betel and areca, war elephants, elephant grass, and floral incense processions. Cultural highlights include traditional activities like bamboo flower spring rolls, Tuong (classical opera) performances, and palanquin parades across the Huc Bridge. Folk games such as swing contests, duck-catching, clay pot smashing, quan ho singing, chess tournaments, inflatable volleyball, and song and dance competitions add to the festive atmosphere. Traditional martial arts demonstrations also captivate spectators. Recognized by UNESCO as an ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity,’ the Giong Festival embodies the beauty of Vietnamese traditional culture.

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