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Buddhist followers, visitors flock to Keo Pagoda festival

Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers and visitors flocked to the Keo Pagoda festival that opened in Vu Thu district in the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh on February 19 – the fourth day of the lunar New Year.

The nearly 400-year-old pagoda is dedicated to Zen Master Duong Khong Lo (1016-1094) – the founder of the Keo Pagoda.

The festival features religious rituals and communal activities such as Buddhist offerings, palanquin parades, love duet singing on boats, and folk games.

The Keo pagoda was founded in 1061. After it was swept away by a flood in 1611, the pagoda was rebuilt in 1632 and most of its architectural features, including 17 structures with 128 rooms, remain until today. In 2012, it was recognised as a national special relic site.

In addition to the autumn festival, another spring festival takes place here annually on the 4th day of the first lunar month.

The pagoda attracts more than 2,500 visitors to Thai Binh every year.