17th century King’s stone bed recognized as national treasure
The NinhBinh National Culture, Sports, and Tourism Festival 2018 opened on Sunday night in NinhBinh city with an exhibition of large propaganda posters on environmental protection and a photo exhibition on NinhBinh's land and people.
Dinh Van Dien, Chairman of the NinhBinh 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 NinhBinh.
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 DinhTien Hoang Temple. King DinhTien 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.