|The People's Committee of Ha Tinh Province broke ground on Sunday on a project to repair and upgrade the La Son Phu Tu Nguyen Thiep Temple in Can Loc District. — Photo doanhnghiepvn.vn
HA NOI (VNS) —The People's Committee of Ha Tinh Province broke ground on Sunday on a project to repair and upgrade the La Son Phu Tu Nguyen Thiep Temple in Can Loc District.
The 1,260 sq.m project has received investment of nearly VND10 billion (US$445,800) by the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV), Can Loc District's budget, and other funding sources.
The construction – which includes upgrading the old temple, building a new temple to worship Nguyen Thiep and repairing infrastructure – is expected to be completed in seven months.
Nguyen Thiep (1723-1804) was born in La Son district (now Can Loc district) in the central province of Ha Tinh, and was an illustrious Vietnamese Confucian scholar of the Later Le and Tay Son dynasty.
He was in charge of many different positions in the court, but he decided to resign and stay hidden in the Thien Nhan mountain with the pseudonym of La Son Phu Tu. He was then invited to become an advisor of King Quang Trung and made great contributions in the liberation war against the Qing dynasty of China.
The temple of La Son Phu Tu Nguyen Thiep was recognised as a national historic and cultural relic in 1994 to acknowledge and honor his great contributions to national history. However, the temple has been seriously damaged because of natural causes and historic factors. — VNS