Nam Dinh (VNA), Oct. 9 -- Over-400-year-old Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda in the northern province of Nam Dinh has been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage.

A ceremony was held in Xuan Truong district on October 8 to receive the recognition and also kick off the Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda Festival 2019.

According to Tran Le Doai, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, the ancient pagoda, which dates back to the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225), was a space for villagers to pay tribute to Zen master Duong Khong Lo, who significantly contributed to the development of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha during the Ly Dynasty.

"The National Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition will promote the historical, cultural and architectural val...