Thousands of years ago, during the reign of King Duong Vuong, the Xich Quy kingdom was an unknown stretch of a vast land on the far East, leaning its back on a range of high mountains while looking out facing the oceans from a long shoreline. He married princess Long Nu, the daughter of Dong Dinh Vuong – sovereign of the Dong Dinh Lake. They were then blessed with one child, a boy whom they called Sung Lam, popularly known in the kingdom as Lac Long Quan, the “Dragon Lord of Lac”. Because of Long Nu’s origin, their son was believed lớn be a descendant from the line of the Dragons. & indeed, Lac Long quan tiền had extraordinary strength and supreme intelligence. But his succession from his mother’s underwater world developed in him a strong fascination for the ocean, and the young man is often seen along the shorelines enjoying the waves và exploring the many sea creatures in sight.

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Soon, he succeeded his father’s throne và governed the Lac-Viet tribe. Meanwhile, another kingdom rules the highlands in the north. Their king, De Lai, has a beautiful daughter named Au Co. Wanting to lớn unite his northern tribe with Lac Long Quan’s kingdom; he agreed khổng lồ give his daughter’s hand for marriage with the young man. Và a lavish feast was prepared as princess Au co was wed with Lac Long Quan. The two kingdoms then celebrated their unity.


Time went by, Au co gave birth to lớn a pouch filled with one hundred eggs, which soon hatched into one hundred beautiful children. The children grew up strong & smart like their father, and as kind-hearted & skilful like their mother. They were taught well how lớn cultivate their lands and live nobly. But soon after, the couple started to lớn grow unhappy. Lac Long quan tiền always finds his heart longing for the coasts while Au co constantly yearns for the highlands.

The couple decided lớn divide their children, of whom fifty will live with Lac Long quan lại along the coasts. Au teo will lead the other fifty to dwell with her in the highlands. However, they made a promise that despite the distance & separation, they must look after each other and always be there to lớn lend a hand should one be in need.

So, Lac Long quan took fifty children to lớn the coast và divided the areas for them lớn govern. He taught them the skills of fishing và the art of tattoos khổng lồ scare off sea creatures as they dive and hunt for food. He also trained them khổng lồ plant & harvest rice, as well as how khổng lồ cook them in bamboo tubes. Au Co, who took fifty children to lớn the highlands, also divided her areas for them to lớn govern. They were taught khổng lồ live in the jungles và mountains, breed animals and cultivate the soil to grow fruit trees for food. They learned to build houses raised on bamboo stilts khổng lồ keep themselves safe from wild animals.


The children of Lac Long Quan và Au teo are believed to be the ancestors of Vietnam. Today, Vietnamese people gọi themselves “the children of the Dragon và the Fairy” referring to lớn Lac Long Quan’s lineage from the world of the Dragons và Au Co’s Fairy Clan from the highlands. Therefore, whichever part of the country one hails from, he belongs lớn one origin. Just as Lac Long Quan and Au co promised lớn each other, all Vietnamese should love, honor and protect one another. This legend, then, has become the pride và bond of unity for all Vietnamese.

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According to lớn many authors, also from Wikipedia: “This legendary story is very important lớn many Vietnamese people for numerous reasons. Some interpret the story lớn imply a strong national unity and cultural tolerance. Other women và historians interpret the story to lớn mean that matriarchal societies did exist and are equal khổng lồ patriarchal societies. Vietnamese women view her as a heroine and as a symbol to lớn fight for their nation & their rights.”

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