Saint Giong Temple Soc Son - Hanoi
Saint Giong Temple Soc Son - Hanoi

Saint Giong Temple Soc Son, Hanoi

Saint Giong Temple, also called Soc Son Temple, is located in Soc Son District of Hanoi, 40km from the city center. The temple is built at the foot of the Horse Mountain which was believed to be the place where Saint Giong stopped for a rest after fighting off the invaders restoring peace to Vietnam... It is said that Saint Giong rode the horse to the top of the Horse Mountain, then ascending into heaven. A temple was built right at the mountain to remember Saint Giong for the great service to the country.

 Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
Den Ha Temple (the Lower Temple)

In the 10th century, King Le Hoan (Le Dai Hanh) was on a patrol in the war against the Song invaders passing by the temple. The King came into the temple to pay respect and to ask for patronage from Saint Giong in the resistance war. The prayers seemed to work and the invaders were soon driven out of the country. The king ordered to expand the old temple and to construct another temple next to the old one. Nowadays, this temple is called Den Ha (the Lower Temple) dedicated to the God of the Mountain (Son Than).

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi

The festival of Soc Son Temple is held every year, on the 6th day of the lunar year. Participants to the festivals include people from Hanoi, and people from Thai Nguyen and Vinh Phuc Provinces. The festival is to recreate the victory of Saint Giong over the invaders and to recreate many activities of the Vietnamese in the ancient times. 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
Saint Giong Temple

 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
Statues of Saint Giong and his Generals in the temple

 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
The back yard of the temple

 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
The steps lead to the top of the mountain

 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
The bronze statue of Saint Giong and his horse

 

Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son, Hanoi
The fresh nature around Saint Giong Temple in Soc Son