Dong Trieu Attractions

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This place is very easily accessible by bus from Hanoi capital, travel forwarding to northeast   long highway number one and highway number 18 B to reach Halong bay. This Dong Trieu Paddy Home also able to access from other direction which is combine with Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Hai Phong , Halong bay, actually it is a tour package loop around red river delta, ideally  location in a secluded and picturesque of very typical rice paddy in Vietnam.  
A resident local cultivation is available to guide you along villages’ lane, to discover the local daily life culture, learn about how local farmer produce rice? Easy slow pace cycling are available to you through villages, long river dike, visiting school,  play with buffalo boys and girl, funny chatting with local or you can relax by sitting in the garden to enjoy fishing . 
Dong Trieu district is entrance gate in to province, north west share border with Hai Duong province which share nice river of Kinh Thay, north is close to Bac Giang province, east is Uong Bi district, the district had a population of 150,256 The district covers an area of 397 km². The district capital lies at Dong Trieu Town.
Administrative divisions
Ðông Trieu Town, Mao Khê Town, Nguyen Hue commance, Hong Phong, Tràng An, Viet Dân, Tân Viet, Bình Duong, Yên Tho, Yên Ð?c, Hoàng Que, Tràng Luong, Xuân Son, Bình Khê, Hong Thái Ðông, Hong Thái Tây, An Sinh, Hung Ðao, Kim Son, Ðuc Chính, Thuy An, Nhu H?.
District attraction 
Quynh Lam pagoda 
Location:Quynh Lam Pagoda was built on a hill in the Trang An Commune, Dong Trieu District, Quang Ninh Province, about 3.5km from Dong Trieu Town let and 83km from Halong City.
Characteristics: The pagoda was built at the Pre-Ly Dynasty (about the end of the 5th century, begin of the 6th century) and has been restored many times under the Dinh, Early Le, Ly, Tran, Le Dynasties. 
Before the pagoda is a great lake, while the three remaining sides are surrounded by hills and mountains. It was embellished and completed in Ly, Tran Dynasties. During the 11th and 14th centuries – the end of Le Dynasty and in the 17th and 18th centuries, it developed into the main centre of Buddhism for the entire country.
In the 14th century the Quynh Lam Pagoda became an even more important Buddhist centre with the activities of the monk Phap Loa Dong Kien Cuong: a member of the second generation of the Truc Lam Buddhist sect. It was the centre for sacred books and for preaching Buddhism, as well as a training-site for future pagoda wardens. Many associations, famous in Vietnamese literature and history, were organized here.
The ritual festivities of the Quynh Lam Pagoda are held from the first to the fourth day of the second lunar month, but the festive atmosphere lasts through spring. Buddhist faithful flock here from all corners of the country.
In 1319, Phap Loa calls for blood donation from Buddhist followers to print over 5,000 copies of Dai Tang sutras, which are kept at Quynh Lam Buddhist Institute. In 1328, he had a statue of Maitreya cast. A year later, he brought a part of the bone ash of Nhan Tong (the 1st patriarch of the Truc Lam Zen sect) to put into the stone stupa in Quynh Lam Pagoda. In early 15th century, the pagoda was reduced to ruins and had to undergo many restorations. In 1727, the 7-storey Tich Quang Stupa (grave of monk Chan Nguyen, who made great contribution to the pagoda) was set up, which measures up to 10 meters. The stupa’ top takes the shape of a banyan bud. To the stupa is attached a plate which notes down the biography of monk Chan Nguyen. In mid-18th century, the pagoda underwent a major restoration. It now also has bronze bells and stone gongs.
Sinh temple 
Location: The temple and tombs of the Tran Dynasty are situated in the An Sinh Commune, Dong Trieu District, Quang Ninh Province. 
Characteristics: They are scattered on an area of 20km in radius, dedicated to the eight emperors of the Tran Dynasty.  They were built in the period of Tran Dynasty and restored many times under the following Le and Nguyen Dynasties. Apart from the building of ceremonial shrines at every tomb, the An Sinh Temple was also built with many large shrines for the celebration of anniversary ceremonies. The whole zone became a sacred area held in solemn reverence throughout the Tran, Le and Nguyen Dynasties.

Over time, the area has severely deteriorated, but today, is gradually being restored.

An Sinh Temple Area belongs to Nghia Hung Hamlet which is used to dedicate 8 kings of Tran and the tombs of Tran Thai Tong, Tran Thanh Tong and Gian Dinh De. Tran Anh Tong Tomb is located in Loc Camp, Tran Minh Tong Tomb is in Khe Gach, Tran Hien Tong Tomb is in Ao Beo, Tran Du Tong Tomb is in Dong Tron, Tran Nghe Tong Tomb is in Khe Nghe areas. Besides the constructing the temple in each tomb for dedicate, many big temples were built in An Sinh Temple Area by the court for respect-paying audience. It was defended carefully by mandarins. This area became solemn holly land through Tran, Le, Nguyen Dynasties.  
Dong Thanh ceramic kiln.

Dong Trieu town, Quang Ninh. Dong Trieu is one of the compulsory stops for local and foreign tourists who come to visit the magnificent site of Ha Long bay, with its population of islands rising from the clear and emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Dong Trieu district, situated some 60km from Ha Long city, on Highway 18A, owns some of the most famous ceramic villages in Vietnam.

Dong Trieu ceramics has developed more recently than other traditional ceramics villages in Vietnam as the first master craftsman, Mr. Hoang Ba Huy, started his family production workshop around 1955. Few years later, in 1958, he established the Ceramics Co-operative Dong Thanh in Cau Dat village with several other family production workshops. By the end of 1960, he had created another co-operative named Anh Hong Ceramic in Vinh Hong village, Mao Khe town.

Dong Trieu products are listed in the category of refractory ceramics. Artisan mainly use oval kilns firing at 1300?C. Main raw material is a soft-white variety of clay from Truc Thon village and refractory kaolin exploited in Tu Lang village, Hai Duong province. To catch up with centuries old know how, artisans have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to find out the most effective methods of material preparation and kiln structure. As a result of extensive research and because of high firing temperatures, Dong Trieu ceramics guarantee a high degree of durability as well as of purity of glaze. All impurities and Fe2O3 are removed from the raw clay and material treatment is strictly controlled to achieve stable quality and pleasant colour. 
There are currently 20 oval kilns in Cau Dat village, and around 36 in Vinh Hong, providing work to almost 1500 local labourers. Some production units with low output of small products such as bowls, plates, cups, etc, have started using gas kilns. 

Dong Trieu ceramics has specialized in the production of specific items that other ceramic villages are not able to manufacture, such as 100 cm diameter flower-pots, wide flower support seats, basins, etc. Artisans do not fail to the ethics of Vietnamese craftsmen to add the sensitivity and strength of their heart to the dexterity of their hands, as well as modern technology. Styling is made on electric turning tables to generate high productivity. Designs and decorative patterns are well protected as they are drawn under the glaze. They include four seasons, charming scenery, etc.

Dong Trieu ceramics are highly appreciated by foreign customers and flowerpots, indoor and outdoor plant support seats and basins are exported to many countries such as Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Canada, etc.  Many local enterprises are now aware of the important potential for ceramics development in Dong Trieu. Attracted by abundant material resources, skilled workforce and favorable transportation conditions, they have invested in Dong Trieu and created a solid basis for further economic development in the region.

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