Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, Phu Quoc

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Vietnam Backpack Travel Guide – Nguyen Trung Truc was born in Long An province, the South of Viet nam on 1837.  He was the leader of the insurrection against French Army at Tan An commune (Long An province today) and Rach Gia (a city of Kien Giang province today). His true name was Chon, in 1859 he renamed himself Lich and after he and his team fire the L’esperance on Nhat Tao river, he renamed himself again Nguyen Trung Truc. This name is called until now.

Ảnh – Nguyen Chi
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Ảnh – Sang Tran

His family was fishermen at Vam Co river, in 1861. Follow the call by Can Vuong to against French Army, Nguyen Trung Truc persuaded a great number of farmers hold an insurgency to fire and destroy French bases at Tan An commune. Because of his success, the King at that time appointed him to Governor position.

Working with him were some famous hero eg: Nguyen Van Dien, Nguyen Hoc, Luong Than Ho Quang….who had followed him to burn the L’esperance ship on Dec 10, 1861 on Nhat Tao river. After that, he continued his army activity at Gia Dinh, Bien Hoa city. After Vietnam lost all the the South East province (Treaty on 1862), Nguyen Trung truc was apponited to be a General to protect Ha Tien from invasion of French Army

Ảnh – Nguyen Thanh Khiem

Then, Ha Tien was dominant on June 23 1867, Nguyen Trung Truc with drawled to Rach Gia and continue fight against the French army, his military based at Hon Chong. On 16 June 1868, he attacked Kin Giang base of French Army and he won. After that, the French re invasion Rach Gia and he had to withdraw to Phu Quoc island. French Army concentrated a huge army force to surround his force. French government had seduce him many times for surrender but he still kept his mind against French. Finally, when his force is surrounded tightly and lives of people in Phu Quoc was thread, he decided to submit himself to the French to save the force and local people.

Ảnh – Nguyen Thanh Khiem

The French brought him back to Saigon for investigation but de didn’t reveal any information. The famous sentence of Nguyen Trung Truc is: “Whenever you can remove all the grass on earth, you can remove all the Vietnamese against French

Ảnh – Sang Tran

Finally, He is sentenced FIRING SQUAD at Rach Gia market on Oct 27 1868 when he was 31 years old. In order to honor his patriotism, local people built temples to wordship him at Rach Gia, Phu Quoc and Long An province.

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