Hung Kings festival draws massive crowd in Vietnam

By Giang Huy, Hoang Phuong   April 6, 2017 | 01:17 pm GMT+7

A sea of festival goers flood in to honor the country's legendary founding fathers, but tightened security prevents the usual chaos.

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Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (third from left, front) and senior officials attend the worship ceremony at 6 a.m. on April 6.  

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After the ceremony, five rounds of security are in place to deal with the yearly hustle. 

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Festival goers wait for worship time by the main entrance. "My neighbors have been here for several days. But I only want to see the joy on the main day," said Nguyen Thi Bieu  from Phu Tho. 

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At 7:10 a.m., barriers are lifted and the early birds start to rush in to beat the crowd forming behind them. An estimated 1 million pigrims are expected on April 6 alone.

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Police ask a group to wait to avoid creating gridlocks.

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An elderly woman needs help to climb up the stairs to reach the main worship site, where she and others can pay homage to the forefathers with offerings and prayers. 

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At the foot of the hill, thousands have arrived, moving very slowly. It could take hours for them to reach the main site. 

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A man carries his daughter on the shoulders to make sure she can get some air.

 
 
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