Hue City is the land of Buddhism in Vietnam. You will find a considerable number of pagodas when taking part in Hue tours. Here are the 5 most-visited ones.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu pagoda
Located on Ha Khe Hill and about 5 kilometers from the city center, Thien Mu Pagoda is the most popular pagoda in a Hue day tour. It is also the most ancient temple in Hue City, which was built in the early 17th century.
To get to Thien Mu Pagoda, you need to rent a boat in Hue City. It will sail you down Huong River and you will arrive at the staircase leading to the pagoda after about 30 minutes. Thien Mu has a tower design, looking extremely romantic next to the river.
The pagoda is fascinating to tourists because of not only its beauty but also a great number of historical attractions. Huong Nguyen Palace, Dia Tang Shrine, Dai Hung Shrine, and Quan Am Shrine are some examples. Behind the main sanctuary, you will find a Buddhist Shrine, gardens, pine forests, and vineyards. These natural landscapes play an enormous role in maintaining the perfect scenery of the pagoda.
Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda
Huyen Khong Son Thuong pagoda
There are two Huyen Khong Pagodas in Hue city. Nevertheless, Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, which is about 8 kilometers far from the city center, is more magnificent. Although the road to get there has various obstacles, you will feel completely rewarding after seeing the pagoda.
The first impression of any tourist on Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is probably the fresh and cool air. Before it was built, the location was just a remote and barren hill. Due to the efforts of monks and Buddhists, the pagoda became a true heaven on earth in Vietnam.
Another feature that can strongly affect you when coming here is the Buddha statues. They appear everywhere in the temple. And each corner that they are displayed is meticulously and elegantly designed. The primary materials of the pagoda are timber and there is no sophisticated detail. Instead, everything is simple but in harmony with nature.
Tu Dam Pagoda
Tu Dam pagoda
Tu Dam Pagoda can be an interesting destination in your tours to Hue. It is situated on Truong An Ward, which is only about 2 kilometers away from Hue City. The pagoda is not the oldest one in the city but it has a long-term history. In wartime, Tu Dam was the place where numerous sermons against dictatorial regime in Southern Vietnam were organized.
Therefore, it has been playing a crucial part in not only the development of Buddhism but also in Vietnam history. Today, Tu Dam is the head office of the Buddhist Sangha in Hue City. Its exclusive architecture has been the standard for many other temples. In contrast to the long-term records, the pagoda has a quite modern design with a bell tower and a yard made of red bricks.
Visiting this sacred temple, you will be able to keep off the busy life for a while and feel the tranquility in your soul.
Bao Quoc Pagoda
Bao Quoc pagoda
This ancient pagoda is situated on Ham Long Hill in Phuong Duc Ward. Giac Phong Zen Master was the one who established and gave the temple the first name. In the initial years of the early 20th century, Bao Quoc Pagoda was considered the training center for Buddhists in all over Vietnam.
Today, it is a Buddhist college for monks and students in Hue. There are a great number of talented Buddhists graduated from the pagoda and contributed a huge part to their country. Not only are students highly appreciated but the architecture of the pagoda is also favorably admired.
It has a unique combination of the mysterious atmosphere and the ancient traits of old constructions. On the area of the pagoda, there is Ham Long Well. It was built at the same time Giac Phong Zen Master founded Bao Quoc Pagoda. The water here is especially fresh and clear due to coming from a groundwater artery. Many people visit the well and ask for some water for luck.
Tu Hieu Pagoda
Tu Hieu pagoda
While other temples represent the peace and the compatibility of human and nature, Tu Hieu Pagoda symbolizes filial piety. This comes from the touching story of Nhat Dinh, the founder of the temple, and his mother. It is the main reason why the pagoda is usually regarded as a meaningful spot for essential Vietnam tours.
Also, Tu Hieu Pagoda was the place where the popular Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Master created the tradition of “wearing a red rose” on Yulan Holiday. It has been preserved until today. On the holiday every year, Buddhists will come to the pagoda to perform rituals and wear a rose to express their piety to their parents.
One specific characteristic that often attracts domestic tourists to visit the pagoda as well as join in Hue tours is the eunuchs. You can find about 24 graves of the eunuchs in Nguyen Dynasty when entering the pagoda. This is their last resting place. Hence, you will sense something isolated and gloomy if you walk into the tombs.