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Copper temple atop Yen Tu Mountain (January 29, 2007)

VietNamNet Bridge - At 10 am on January 30, 2007, the Vietnam Central Committee of Buddhism, Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee and Uong Bi Town People’s Committee will inaugurate Yen Tu Copper Temple.

This is good news for Buddhists inside and outside Vietnam. After more than 6 months of construction, Dong Temple, an important construction work of the Yen Tu landscape, has been completed impressively with 70 tons of pure copper imported from Australia and 6,000 details requiring great ingenuity. The heaviest detail weighs 1.4 tons. With a total cost of 21.2 billion dong, the temple was installed at the top of Yen Tu Mountain at 1,068m, and promises to become a unique architecture work of Vietnam Buddhism.

As soon as the Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee approved the plan to improve the Yen Tu landscape, a project management board was established and contracted the Hanoi Art Construction Company to design, cast and install the copper temple. Truong Thinh Construction Company was responsible for transporting the copper works to the mountain top. Industrial Construction and Consultation Company built the foundation and the contribution listing house. With an area of nearly 20 m2, and 4 m in height, the temple was designed according to Dau Keo Temple in Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh. The temple was cast by craftsmen at Y Yen Copper Casting Village in Nam Dinh Province.

Embodying characteristically Buddhism architectural details, as well as copper casting achievements of Vietnamese artists, the temple will be an excellent work to commemorate the coming Lunar New Year.

The name of the original copper temple was Thien Truc, the Vietnamese name for Buddha’s homeland (India). It was initiated by a noble lady at Emperor Trinh’s court in the 17th century. The temple was made of copper and as small as a casket. In 1740, during the time of Emperor Le Canh Hung, a storm took away the rooftop, and thieves later stole the remaining parts, leaving a hole where the pillars had stood.

Ms. Bui Thi My sponsored the construction of another copper-cement temple on a square rock at the same spot of the old temple in 1930.

In 1933, Mr. Nguyen Son Nam, a Vietnamese American, and other Buddhism followers overseas cast a new temple with the shape of the Han letter “Dinh” and put it next to Ms. My’ s temple.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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