The six-day festival is held to honour the Tran Dynasty (1225-1440) and features many traditional rituals and cultural activities.
In his opening speech, Vice Chairwoman of the Thai Binh Provincial People’s Committee Tran Thi Bich Hang recalled the development of the Tran Dynasty and highlighted the significance of the event.
The Tran Temple Festival was recognised as national intangible heritage in 2014, while the historical complex of the Tran Kings’ shrines and tombs received special national relic status in 2015.
The Tran Dynasty repelled the Yuan-Mongols on three occasions, making it one of the greatest periods in Vietnamese history.
Thai Binh is the birthplace of the Tran Kings, and the neighbouring province of Nam Dinh was their first residential area. A spring festival is also held annually at the Tran Temple complex in Nam Dinh during the first lunar month.