|A show of Vietnamese traditional ao dai dress at the Ninh Binh National Culture, Sports, and Tourism Festival 2018 (Photo: Minh Quang)
Dinh Van Dien, Chairman of the Ninh Binh provincial People’s Committee, said: “The festival celebrates of the 1050th anniversary of the Dai Co Viet State. It introduces the economic advantages, and cultural heritages of Ninh Binh.
At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam announced the Prime Minister’s decision to recognize as a national treasure the King’s stone bed in front of the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple. King Dinh Tien Hoang was a national hero who defeated 12 warlords to unite the country and chose Hoa Lu as the capital of the Dai Co Viet state.
The stone bed dates back to the early 17th century and is the only version created by the royal court of the Le-Trinh Dynasty as an offering.
The rectangular stone bed, which is 127cm wide and 187cm long, weighs about 1.5 tonnes. In the middle of the bed are carvings of a dragon.