According to several estimates, there are around 14,775 different temples and pagodas in Vietnam – which fascinate all travelers on their essential Vietnam tour with their extraordinary architectural styles. 300 of them are found in Hue City. With the architectural styles being as diverse as the beliefs and religions, they are, no wonder, all well worth visiting once on your Hue tours!
So, what are the best-sacred sites to see? To know the answer, you first should see our recommendations on “Top temples to visit in Hue City.” Another thing to tell you: they are in no particular order.
Thien Mu Pagoda (the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady)
Thien Mu Pagoda
- Location: at the end of Kim Long Road, Ha Khe Hill, Huong Long Ward, on the northern bank of the Perfume River (Huong River) – about 5km from Hue City;
- Opening hours: From early in the morning to 5.00.P.M.;
- Entrance fee: Free
Also known as Linh Mu Pagoda (Chùa Linh Mụ in Vietnamese), this pagoda located in the sacred city of Hue in Central Vietnam has a high significance in not only the city itself but also the whole country. How do I dare to say that? Because its design and construction were completely associated with the early actions of Nguyen Hoang – the first Nguyen Lord in South Vietnam (Đàng Trong).
Legend has it that the name and the construction of Thien Mu Pagoda were inspired from the local legend about an old lady who has the ability to foretell. The celestial lady (Thiên Mụ in Vietnamese) dressed in red and blue was reported to predict about the Lord’s order to construct something of great importance on the hillock facing the Perfume River to pray for our country’s prosperity.
Thien Mu Pagoda is the oldest building of history. This sacred site was built in 17th century (1601) by Lord Nguyen Hoang and witnessed another series of significant expansions and construction projects in the reign of Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu (1691-1725) as well as the reigns of Nguyen Emperors before becoming one of the best sites to visit on any Hue day tour.
Some must-see sights in the area of 6.0 hectares of the entire compound are the seven-storey octagonal tower of Phuoc Duyen Tower, a magnificent 2-ton bell of Dai Hong Chung, an image of marble turtle – a statue representing the longevity, a large garden of colorful flowers and plants surrounding, etc.
Hon Chen Temple (the Temple of the Jade Cup)
Hon Chen Temple
- Location: On the Ngoc Tran’s mountain slope, Ngoc Ho Village, Huong Ho Ward – about 10 kilometers by road toward the Huong River from the Hue Citadel;
Hon Chen Temple is included in this list for its long and a little bit turbulent history. Its construction started before the year 1555, but it was not until 1832 that its architectural style was defined. Originally dedicated to the Goddess Po Nagar – the Goddess of the ancient Champa minority, and later followed by a larget number of worshippers of the Goddess Thien Y A Na of Vietnam, it is one of the most majestic yet underestimated historical sites in Hue City.
Bao Quoc Pagoda
Bao Quoc Pagoda
- Location: Bao Quoc street, on the Hill of Ham Long, Phuong Duc ward, Hue City – on the southern bank of the Perfume River;
Another destination to visit on your tours to Hue is part of the Thien (Zen) sect of Buddhism founded in 1670 named Bao Quoc Pagoda. Bao Quoc Pagoda fascinates anyone with a striking architecture of a site well-off the tourist circuit that has been preserved for centuries.
How long have you been impressed and seduced by the grandeur of the sanctuaries of different religions practiced in these Eastern countries where the designers have put all of their hearts and souls into the designing and construction? Don’t miss to take a look at the top beautiful temples to visit in Hue City once on your Hue tours.