For many Vietnamese, going to the pagoda in the first days of the year has been a feature in the cultural life. In the country, from north to south there are many sacred temples from the unique architecture to historic sight. Today, the pagoda is not only a spiritual destination but also a place to attract many domestic and international tourists to visit, especially when the spring comes. Below is a list of 10 most famous temples in Vietnam.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh pagoda is located in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. The largest temple in Vietnam is also the owner of a series of records including the largest bronze Buddha statue in Asia, the temple has the longest corridor in Asia, the temple has the largest bronze Maitreya statue in South-East Asia … The temple is featured in a traditional architectural style containing many campuses including ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda, new Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Buddhist institutions, surrounded by parks.
Con Son Pagoda (Hai Duong)
Con Son Pagoda (also known as Thien Tu Phuc temple) was built in 1304 on Con Son Mountain, in Chi Linh commune, Hai Duong province, Vietnam. This is a part of the important relic complex of Con Son – Kiep Bac. The temple has been classified as a national monument. Besides the historical values, Con Son Pagoda also impresses visitors by the ancient architecture combined harmony with the majestic natural scenery. Con Son Pagoda Festival usually begins from 10th to 22nd according to the lunar month.
Huong Pagoda (Hanoi)
Huong Pagoda (also known as Trong Pagoda) is located at the center of a cultural-religious complex of many temples. The temple is in Huong Son commune, My Duc district, Hanoi. Being located in Huong Tich cave, Huong pagoda is nor well-known for sophisticated architecture but mainly for works made of stone. Huong Pagoda Festival takes place from 6 lunar January to about the end of the March lunar month. This is also the time when the temple welcomes the largest number of pilgrims in the year.
One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda also has many other names such as Mat Temple, Lien Huu Temple or Lien Hoa Dai. The peculiarity of the temple is its unique architecture with wooden structure and a unique pillar. Although seriously affected by the war and restored in 1955, the temple has still retained the ancient architecture which has lasted for more than. Not only is the symbol of Hanoi capital, One Pillar Pagoda is also the pride of Vietnamese people when it was established as “The most unique architecture in Asia”
Thien Mu Pagoda (Thua Thien Hue)
Thien Mu Pagoda (or Linh Mu Pagoda) is located on Ha Ke Hill, a popular destination for many visitors when they come to Hue. The pagoda was established in 1601 and reconstructed in 1714. Thien Mu Pagoda has various architectural works such as Thien Vuong, Dai Hung, Tang Kinh house, etc. Besides, The two-ton bell called Dai Hong Chung is also a very distinctive mark of Thien Mu Pagoda.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh City)
Located in district 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Nghiem pagoda was built in 1964 covering an area up to 6000 m2. With the harmony between the classical architecture of the ancient pagodas in the North and modern materials and techniques, Vinh Nghiem pagoda is considered one of the typical works of Vietnamese Buddhist architecture. In addition, Vinh Nghiem pagoda also has many sculptured wooden statues.
Phuoc Hai Pagoda (HCMC)
Phuoc Hai Pagoda is also called Ngoc Hoang Pagoda. This temple was built in the style of Chinese temples with brilliant decorative motifs. The main materials used for building the pagoda are brick, roofed was designed in yin-yang tiles, decorated with rooftops, roofed with many colored pottery statues. Ngoc Hoang Pagoda Buddha celebration ceremony often takes place on the occasion of Via Ngoc Hoang from the 9th of lunar January. This place received a special guest who is former US President Barack Obama during his official visit to Vietnam in May 2016.
Thien Hau Pagoda (Binh Duong Province)
Ba Thien Hau Pagoda or Binh Duong Mother Pagoda is an ancient temple in Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province. The temple worships the Heaven Mother or the Heaven Queen, it was recreated and broader in 1923 by a group of Chinese American.
Ba Chua Xu Pagoda (An Giang province)
Ba Chua Xu Pagoda is located at the base of Sam Mountain, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province. The temple was built more than 200 years ago when the statue was discovered by the people and transported down from the mount. Unlike the ordinary temple was covered with bamboo leaves, the current temple has become more spacious after many repairs. This is also a popular destination in the Mekong Delta with nearly 2 million visitors per year.
Dai Tong Lam (Ba Ria – Vung Tau)
Dai Tong Lam Temple has the full name of the Van Phat Quang Dai Tong Lam Tu. Featuring an area of about 100 hectares, besides the main shrines and temples, Dai Tong Lam also has impressive architectural works including Da Bao Tower, Lam Ti Ny Garden, Loc Uyen botanical garden and the statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva which is 17 m high. With opened space and a lot of trees, Dai Tong Lam Temple is also a favorite destination for many visitors in Mekong Delta.
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