|President Truong Tan Sang stands in front of a stele inscribed with President Ho Chi Minh's teachings at the Hung Kings temple in Phu Tho Province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — State President Truong Tan Sang offered incense to Viet Nam's founding fathers, the Hung Kings at their national temple in the northern province of Phu Tho yesterday.
After the ceremony at Kinh Thien Shrine on Nghia Linh Mountain, the President and leaders of Phu Tho province laid wreaths in tribute to the late President Ho Chi Minh, who visited the temple on September 19, 1954, after successfully leading the country's nine-year resistance against the French occupation.
During his visit, President Ho met soldiers and officers of Tien Phong Division and advised them that "the Hung Kings made great efforts to found the nation, so you and I have to work hard together to defend the nation" – words that went down in history as part of the President's teachings.
President Sang called upon the people of Viet Nam to focus on President Ho's teachings to boost development, culture, sovereignty and independence.
After six decades of following the late President's teachings, the people of Viet Nam, under the leadership of the Communist Party, had achieved success in nation building and national defence, he said.
Viet Nam had become increasingly integrated into the world since gaining national independence and reunification, he said.
President Sang also hailed Phu Tho's efforts in poverty reduction and improving living conditions for residents, especially ethnic people.
Phu Tho held a ceremony with many artistic performances to celebrate the 60 years since President Ho paid his visit.
The temple is located on Nghia Linh Mountain in Phong Chau District, Phu Tho Province, about 100km northwest of Ha Noi. It is a large complex comprising ancient tombs, monuments and temples.
In 2012, UNESCO recognised the worshipping of the Hung Kings as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
President Sang also visited Hung Vuong University in Viet Tri City. — VNS