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Ancient traces in Tran Dynasty found at Binh Long pagoda

(BGO) – The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (DoCST) in Bac Giang province on August 18 cooperated with National Historic Museum to hold the conference briefly presenting the result of the archaeological excavation at Binh Long pagoda (also known as Bat Nha Pagoda) in Huyen Son commune, Luc Nam district.

Implementing the instruction from the provincial People’s Committee about the project “Investing to restore the relics alongside the Buddhism journey of King Monk Tran Nhan Tong,” Binh Long pagoda is one of 10 pagodas on the Western side of Yen Tu to be researched, preserved and restored.

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Director of Bac Giang provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Minh Ha voices at the conference.

From July 10 to August 5, the provincial DoCST cooperatated with the National Historic Museum to conduct an archaeological excavation at Binh Long pagoda in Chua village, Huyen Son commune which was well known as a major Buddhist center in Ly - Tran Dynasties.

In Tran dynasty, Binh Long pagoda had large scale, which was moved to the foot of Gom mountain in Le – Mac dynasties. The time and war ruined the pagoda.

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The censer is excavated at Binh Long pagoda.

In nearly one month, the researchers investigated and excavated more than 200 square meters, mostly in the central area of pagoda ground to discover traces and architectural plane of Binh Long pagoda in construction periods and changes from the 8 to 14th century (Tran dynasty) to early 20th century (Nguyen dynasty) with traces and artifacts such as foundation sections, stairs, bottom of pillar, dishes and household utensils.

At the conference, representatives highly spoke of the responsibility and close collaboration between the National Historic Museum and the provincial DoCST during excavation.

The research and excavation result clarified and added the knowledge about the history, scale, structure of Binh Long pagoda’s architecture as the base to recognize the relic to promptly have preservation and restoration method.

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Representatives visit the display area of excavated artifacts.

The local authority, relevant competent agencies and sectors were suggested to early review and make general plan of the pagoda and adjacent areas to expand the space and apply protection measures at the excavated area to serve further research, survey and excavation around the relic.

Also, it will act as the accurate scientific proof serving the collection of documents for the preparation of a scientific dossier of the Yen Tu relic and landscape complex (in Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, Hai Duong provinces) to submit to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site.

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