Bac Ninh, Vietnam - A grand ceremony has been held at the Den Do Shrine to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the the founding of the Ly dynasty.
The ceremony began with performances of quan ho, a traditional type of folk music in northern Vietnam.
At 8 sharp, the drum beats signal the incense offering ceremony to Ly Thai To, who laid foundation for the prosperity of the Vietnamese nation and culture. This year's ceremony attracted more visitors than previous ones as this is one of the activities prior to the Great Anniversary of Thang Long in 2010.
After assuming the throne, Ly Thai To decided to move the capital from Hoa Lu (present-day Ninh Binh) to Dai La, which was later renamed Thang Long (present-day Hanoi).
The Den Do Shrine, dedicated to the 8 kings of the Ly, was built in the 11th century in Bac Ninh province. Through the ages the shrine had been renovated and expanded many times but was completely destroyed by the French invaders in 1952.
Since 1989 the shrine has been gradually reconstructed with concerted efforts of both the government and the local residents.