A popular Vietnam festival in Ho Chi Minh City
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Such a culturally diverse country, Vietnam is especially famous for different kinds of festival occur throughout the year. Are you extremely astonished at knowing that there are nearly 8.000 festivals taken place in Vietnam per year? Hence, Vietnam festival tours are so plentiful that foreign travelers should select at least one and try immersing in as coming to our country.
If you have an intention to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, what about visiting Ông Mausoleum and take part in Ông Mausoleum Festival? It definitely will be an excellent opportunity to explore Vietnamese history and culture.
Ông Mausoleum: History and Architecture
Ông Mausoleum, which is also known as Ông Mausoleum Bà Chiểu, is a national historic-cultural site recognized by the government in 1989. This area is the temple and tomb of General Le Van Duyet (1764-1832). General Lê is a talented politician as well as a military advisor who took the responsibility as Chairman of ancient Gia Định Citadel (or Southern Vietnam and Bình Thuận province now). The mausoleum of General Lê is named as Ông Mausoleum. Since the mausoleum is next to Bà Chiểu market, some local citizens call it as Ông Mausoleum Bà Chiểu too.
One of four gates into Ông Mausoleum (Source: Internet)
Ông Mausoleum is 18.501 square meters in width, at the intersection of the four streets: Đinh Tien Hoang, Phan Đang Luu, Trinh Hoai Đuc, and Vu Tung. Surrounding the mausoleum is a wall which is 500 meters in length and 1.2 meters in height. This wall also has four gateways leading to four above directions. Before 1975, these gates were chosen as symbols of ancient Sai Gon – Gia Đinh.
Green trees in Ông Mausoleum (Source: Internet)
Ông Mausoleum was constructed on an even ground and divided into three areas. From the southern gate of Tam Quan, through a landscaped garden, visitors will see: The Stele House demonstrating the achievements of General Lê, the Tomb of General Lê and his wife surrounded by a flower wall, and the Temple. Along the entrance way, there are still a lot of tall trees to help cool and freshen up the air at Ông Mausoleum. Moreover, located in such a breeding ground, this place frequently welcomes a large number of people to visit and worship.
Ông Mausoleum Festival is a traditional cultural activity dedicated to General Lê, a famous historical figure of ancient Gia Đinh. Every year, Ông Mausoleum Festival is organized twice. The former is on the first days of Lunar New Year Holiday. The latter is on the anniversary of General Lê’s death in August, Lunar calendar. As this is one of the most popular festivals of Sai Gon, Ông Mausoleum Festival attracts numerous visitors all over the country.
Ông Mausoleum Festival in spring
Lion dance in Spring Ông Mausoleum Festival (Source: Internet)
During the spring festival, the scene in Ông Mausoleum is very lively. The middle area together with the main one is usually full of incense smoke; people come in and out constantly. On the 30th Lunar New Year night, hundreds of people visit Ông Mausoleum. Visitors come here to burn incense, worship, and pray for good fortune. Most of them work in commerce and pray for business success. The festival lasts till 2 a.m to celebrate a new year and continues within the next two days. Like other Vietnam festivals, Ông Mausoleum Festival has some New Year welcoming activities in order to enhance the atmosphere such as lion dance, pick luckiness… Along with local citizens, the foreign is also eager to attend Ông Mausoleum Festival.
Ông Mausoleum Festival on the anniversary of General Lê’s death
The anniversary of General Lê’s death draws lots of attention annually. This is truly a popular Vietnam festival in Ho Chi Minh City. The ceremony starts from lunar July 30 and ends on August 3. Thousands of people come to Ông Mausoleum to participate in this ceremony. Remarkably, the number of Chinese visitors is about a half. They come to express the appreciation to General Lê who facilitated the Chinese community development in Sai Gon- Gia Đinh, their second home. In addition to the worship, other activities in this festival include the ceremony for peace and the performance of historical characters. Those are the significant and fascinating activities vietnamtravelreviews have listed for foreign tourists who travel to Vietnam to consider experience.