Trinh Pagoda, Chinese name is “Ngu Nhac Linh Tu” (Five Efficacious Gracious Mountains), a historical and cultural vestige in Huong Son complex. According to Feng Shui theory, Ngu Nhac Mountain has the shape of a huge dragon with an imposing figure. The road is airy and water is prosperous. Since the old days, a small temple was built in front of the mountain by local residents to worship a General who had aided the sixth Hung Vuong King in fighting again An enemy.
According to the temple records, in the period of sixth Hung Vuong, at Vu Linh Province, Sieu Loai District, Vinh The Commune, there was a family of General Lac, belonging to Hung Vuong lineage. The General got married to Ms. Nguyen Thi Lieu, a local resident of Huong Tich area. They both had great righteousness and generosity but just could not have a son to maintain the continuity of the family line. One day, Ms Lieu told her husband: “i get married to you as the arrangement of fate. Now i want to come back my home town in Huong Tich to pray for a son”. The General was in a big surprise. He told their servants accompanied her to Huong Tich. In her vacation at Yen Vy Village, she went for a walk to Ngu Nhac Mountain. The god of mountain told her that the fairy descended on earth must back to the heaven in the coming days. The king of heaven sent Hoang Tho Tinh to reincarnate that he could help the king save the nation, requiting the love on earth. Ms Lieu thanked the God and local residents in Yen Vy village. She then came back to her family and reported the story to her husband. The General knew that the king of heaven wants to send a god to become his son. But he was sad because he and his wife would no longer stay together. The confusion made him could not say a word. Time passed by, Ms Lieu was pregnant for 14 months. One day, the house was filled with sweet smell and brilliant light, she gave birth to a son who had a square face, a wide forehead and very long arms. The appearance was very august. The Hung Congs and their family were very happy. 100 days passed, he invited an old man in the area came to give the name to his son as “Hung Lang”. Hung Cong asked his servants to prepare sacrifices and turned back to Ngu Nhac Mountain to thank heaven and earth. In the time spending there, he still remembered what his wife had said: “when you suddenly feel a sense of sorrow, it means I’ve just gone”. Then the servants informed him that Ms Lieu has come back to the heaven and sent him a letter:
“This letter was sent to earth
My husband, when you read it, you will realize
That the God of mountain was delegated to the earth
Then he could help the king save the country and people”.
After reading the letter, Hung Cong was in the mood of deep blue. He managed her burial event and told his servants “My wife and my son both have predestined affinity at Huong Tich, a place having the vestige of Buddha, the landscape is as beautiful as heaven, so i decide to stay here to bring up my son, requiting a match ordained by heaven. Time passed by, when Hung Lang was at the age of 13, his father passed away. In the sorrow, he along with the oldest man in the area saw his father came to heaven. At the age of 18, Hung Lang was good at martial arts. He owned a strange supremacy that everyone must respect. One day, Hung Lang came to visit Ngu Nhac Mountain. He suddenly saw a light emitting from a cycad. Tracing the light, he found a precious sword. He thanked the heaven and the earth and came back to his hometown to practice martial arts with local youths. One year later, the king held a contest to seek for talented and righteous people, Hung Lang and his friends partook this event. Hung Lang won the highest prize and was appointed as mandarin with the title: Master of Horse, directing both naval forces and infantry. With his talent and righteousness, Hung Lang aided the king in keeping the country safe and wealthy. At that time, relying on strong army, Northern enemy An invaded our country. They were very bloodthirsty that burning all farmers’ crops and killing our residents any place they put their steps on. The King instructed Master of Horse Mandarin to direct both naval forces and infantry to fight against An enemy. At the same time, he asked his subordinates to seek for heroes in 15 districts to strengthen the army. Obeying the king’s order, Master of Horse Mandarin gathered his troops under the flag of Phu Dong Thien Vuong Saint and went into the battles. Thach Linh – the commander of An enemy was killed by Hung Lang at battlefront. Rest of the enemy soldiers were in panic and ran back to their country. After the enemy ran away, Phu Dong Thien Vuong Saint flied back to the heaven by his horse. Mandarin Hung Lang then came back to the imperial city to inform the king about the good new. The king presented him an imperial robe, five hundred ounces of gold, gave him the authority to govern Huong Tich area. Thanked the king, Hung Lang and his subordinates came back to their hometown. He distributed the amount of gold that the King had given to local residents of Yen Vi village and organized a festival to celebrate their victory. It was late at night; the rain began to drop and the clouds hided the sky, thunderstorms came, a radiant nimbus suddenly appeared, Master of Horse Mandarin – Hung Lang passed away. One day latter, not until his servants and local residents informed about this event, did the king know that Hung Lang was the Messenger of God. The king gave imperial decree, sponsored for the construction of the temple commemorating Hung Lang, worshipped by local residents of Yen Vy.
Part of Trinh pagoda
In the battle fighting against French enemy, the temple was burned by French soldiers in the February of 1947. in the period of 1953 to 1957, when Yen Vi village was under the enemy occupation, Trinh temple became the target of enemy’s muzzle once again.
After the war, with the sponsor of visitors from everywhere and local residents of Yen Vi village, Trinh pagoda was reconstructed gradually. In 1962, it was classified as national historical monument by ministry of culture and information. From 1992 to 1997, Trinh pagoda was mended emulating “Tam” character (Harem – Sacrifice area – forecourt), under the architecture style of Le dynasty, Vietnam. The embossments were carved subtly with shapes of four supernatural creatures (dragon, unicorn, tortoise, phoenix). Four corners was designed emulating dragon shape. In the courtyard, there were statues of pugilists, stone elephants making this a solemn place as imperial palace.