Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple
UPDATED: 09 Aug 2016 562 Views

Nguyen Trung Truc was born in Long An province, the South of Viet Nam in 1837. He was the leader of the insurrection against the 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.

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His family was fishermen at the Vam Co river, in 1861. Follow the call by Can Vuong against French Army, Nguyen Trung Truc persuaded a great number of farmers to 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.

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

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 southeast province (Treaty on 1862), Nguyen Trung Truc was appointed to be a General to protect Ha Tien from the invasion of the French Army

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

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

Nguyen Trung Truc Temple

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”

Finally, He had 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 worship him at Rach Gia, Phu Quoc, and Long An province.