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Hue – The City of Pagodas

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Hue is a city with a large quantity of pagoda in Vietnam. This city is always one of the most famous destinations during Vietnam culture tours. There are over 100 large and small pagodas in Hue. Many pagodas are places where many Hue festivals take place. Thu Hue pagoda system has long been considered as a one of the kind cultural and spiritual space, a symbol of Culture of Vietnam. Behind the ancient of Hue, pagodas are a storage of culture, history, and religion.

Most Hue pagodas have large space, beautiful views and of course, it is sacred. These things are the reason why Hue pagodas attract hundreds of people coming here at Tet. At Tet, many streets leading to pagodas in Hue are always in a crowded situation.

At these pagodas, in addition to praying for the new year of health, luck, and prosperity, visitors are also blessed, given the word, enjoy the famous vegetarian cuisine. They can also immerse in the quiet atmosphere and beautiful spring scenery of the pagodas.

Here are some of the most famous sacred pagodas in Hue, attracting a large number of visitors to visit during Vietnam culture tours:

Tu Dam Pagoda

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Tu Dam Pagoda

This famous pagoda is located at 1 Su Lieu Quan, Truong An Ward, Hue City, about 2 kilometers from the city center. The pagoda was built in 1690, under the dynasty of Nguyen Phuc Thai Lord. This is the central Buddism of the country and a pride of Hue Buddism in particular and of Vietnam in general. The architecture and worship way of this pagodas has long been a model for other pagodas in this ancient capital.

Thien Mu Pagoda

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Thien Mu Pagoda

This is the oldest pagoda in Hue. It was built in 1601, under the dynasty of Nguyen Hoang Lord. The pagoda located alongside the Huong river, far away from the city center about 5 kilometers to the west. Over hundreds of years from the dynasty of Nguyen Lords to Nguyen King, Thien Mu pagoda was classified by Thieu Tri king to be 12 most beautiful place in the ancient capital. Nowadays, it is a spiritual symbol of local people in Hue.

Tu Hieu Pagoda

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Tu Hieu Pagoda

This pagoda was built in 1843, located in Thuy Xuan Ward. It’s far away from Hue city 5 kilometers to the southwest. The campus of the pagoda is large and the scenery is very romantic.

Besides the wonderful scenery, there are also many tombs of the Nguyen lords and their royal family members around the pagoda. At Tu Hieu pagoda, there is a unique eunuch cemetery in Hue. Due to the location of the pagoda which is not far away from the city center, this place is often a favorite place for the dating of young people. It is also a popular destination for people on holidays. Tu Hieu Pagoda is one of the ancient pagodas that welcomes many tourists in and out of Hue.

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda located in Huong Ho Ward as known as Huong Tra Town, away from Hue city 14 kilometers to the west. This is a Theravada Buddhism pagoda and is known to be one of the most famous destinations in Hue ancient capital. With the shading green forest, the ranges of bonsai with different postures and beautiful flower gardens, the pagoda makes the visitors enchanted.

The peaceful atmosphere in Huyen Khong Son Thuong helps the tourist to leave behind the crowded cities and worry after hard-working days.

Thien Lam pagoda

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Thien Lam pagoda

Thien Lam Pagoda is located on Quang Te hill, Cu Si hamlet, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue. The temple was built by Theravada Buddhist monk names Ho Nhan in 1960. At first, it was not as big as nowadays Thien Lam pagoda. But his virtue made both Theravada and Mahayana respect. Later they decided together establish Thien Lam Pagoda in 1966.

Bao Quoc Pagoda

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Bao Quoc Pagoda

Bao Quoc Pagoda is located on Ham Long hill, in the past, it was Thuy Loi village near Lich Doi town. From here, look down to the east is Dien Bien Phu (the road to Nam Giao) and to the north is the railway station. The pagoda was built in the late 17th century by a Chinese monk names Giac Phong under the dynasty of King Le Du Tong and named after Ham Long Tu. Then Nguyen Phuc Khoat lord changed the name of the pagoda into Bao Quoc Tu in 1747. Until today, people still preserve the gilded horizontal lacquered board.

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