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Finally, there is a sprinkling of modern French and English words as well.A writing system called "chu nom" was developed in the 8th century that used partly modified Chinese characters.
The nation was divided in half in 1600 after numerous civil wars.However, the imposition of Chinese culture, customs, language, political institutions, and at times cruel oppression and exploitation of the nation ultimately crystallized the Vietnamese people's fierce desire to be free and independent, at all costs.This desire was finally realized in 939, as the Tang dynasty in China was falling into decline.The capital was moved to Hue and gained its current imperial splendor.This is also when the political influence of French missionaries became more prominent.Princess Au Co took 50 of the sons with her back into the mountains while King Lac Long Quan took the other 50 sons and ruled over the lowlands. C., his eldest son, Hung Vuong established the Hung dynasty, and he is regarded as the real founder of the Vietnamese nation and of the first Vietnamese dynasty.
This legend symbolizes the importance of uniting the two main geographic and cultural areas of Viet Nam -- the mountains (representing the north) and lowlands (representing the south) in forming one united country.
The Trinh lords ruled northern Viet Nam while the Nguyen lords controlled southern Viet Nam.
During this period, the Le emperors had little real power.
They soon established a nation that stretched from southern China to northern Indonesia.
However, the King and the Princess became convinced that their different origins would ultimately make them unhappy, so they separated.
According to traditional legends, Viet Nam was formed when King Lac Long Quan (also known as the "Dragon Lord of Lac" or the "Dragon Lord of the Seas") married Princess Au Co (a Chinese immortal and descended from the High Mountains).