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According to Wikipedia the Vietnamese people are descended from a dragon and a fairy. The dragon was symbolic of bringing rain, essential for agriculture. It represents the emperor, the prosperity and power of the nation. Similar to the Chinese dragon, the Vietnamese dragon is the symbol of yang, representing the universe, life, existence, and growth.
Here are 2 impressive dragons in the Đại Nội Citadel in Hue, there to represent power and to protect the emperor.

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