The spiritual journey is a popular form of Vietnamese tourism now and preferred by many people, especially religion followers. As a result, the number of people that arrive in Vietnam for the spiritual journey has been significantly increasing. Despite the fact that in Vietnam, new pagodas and temples have mushroomed in recent years; ancient temples and pagodas still attract a host of tourists. This article will introduce the readers 5 ancient temples in Vietnam.
Dau Pagoda, Bac Ninh
Built in the third century, Dau pagoda was the first pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda is located in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. Besides the popular name of “Dau”, this pagoda has other names such as Thien Dinh, Duyen Ung, Phap Van, Co Chau and Dien Ung.
Along with the long history of establishment and development, Dau pagoda is regarded as the home of Buddhism in Vietnam by Vietnamese historians and Buddhological scholars and was listed among historical monuments in 1962.
Dau pagoda festival is held on August 4 every year.
One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
Named “lotus of thousand years old of the capital city,” One Pillar pagoda has witnessed many changes here. In addition to the name of One Pillar Pagoda which describes its shape, this pagoda is also known as other interesting names like Dien Huu pagoda or Lien Hoa Dai.
Built in the reign of the King Ly Thai Tong and designed in the unique architecture with the shape of a lotus spraying water. This is also one of the attractive destinations in Hanoi.
Previously, on April 8 of Lunar Calendar, kings and mandarins went to visit this place to burn incense and pray to Buddha. Today, on the first and fifteenth day of the lunar months, crowds of people pour into this age-old sacred place.
Yen Tu Pagoda, Quang Ninh
As a complex of relics located from the foot to the top of Yen Tu mountain, Yen Tu pagoda is associated with the name of the Emperor Tran Nhan Tong.
It can be said that Yen Tu is “the capital of Buddhism in Vietnam and the source of Buddhism in Vietnam.”
Taking a trip to Truc Lam Yen Tu, you will get opportunities to learn more about fairy tales and legendary stories about the King becoming Buddha and this Buddhist area.
Yen Tu pagoda festival takes place from 10 January to the end of March of Lunar Calendar.
Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
Located on an island to the east of West Lake, Tran Quoc pagoda has the longest history in Thang Long (Hanoi) with more than a thousand years. The architecture of Tran Quoc pagoda is a harmonious combination of the ancient, majestic beauty and stunning landscape of a lake in the middle of the capital.
This place was the Buddhist center under the period of the Emperor of Ly and Tran. Tran Quoc pagoda is a sacred place of Buddhists and a spiritual tourist attraction as well.
A large number of tourists choose this destination when visiting Hanoi, Vietnam. Tran Quoc pagoda is quite crowded with tourists from different regions, especially on the first day and the fifteenth day of the months.
Sung Nghiem Dien Thanh Pagoda, Thanh Hoa
Sung Nghiem Dien Thanh, an ancient temple under the Ly dynasty, is now located in Hau Loc, Thanh Hoa province. Recognized as a national monument, the pagoda is a place of worship of the famous general Tran Hung Dao.
Sung Nghiem Dien Thanh pagoda festival is annually held from 8 to 10 of February of Lunar Calendar. On this occasion, this pagoda attracts numerous Buddhists all over the country.