Sung Khanh Pagoda
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Sung Khanh Pagoda

Returning to the sacred land of Vietnam’s first land border in the Northern, do not miss the opportunity to visit Sung Khanh Pagoda in Ha Giang. The pagoda is honored to be recognized as a National Treasure. It is also a place to store historical and cultural values of great significance.

Despite experiencing many bombs and bullets, despite the constant fluctuations of time. Sung Khanh Pagoda still stands majestically amidst the high mountains of Northeast Vietnam. Let’s follow Origin Vietnam to explore this beautiful ancient temple.

1. Where is Sung Khanh Pagoda?

Located on top of a small hill in Lang Nung village, Dao Duc commune, Vi Xuyen district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam. About 12 km northeast of Vi Xuyen town, 10 km south of Ha Giang city and 290 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

Sung Khanh Pagoda

2. How is Sung Khanh Pagoda unique?

Located in a great location with a beautiful shape, the pagoda faces East and leans back against the low mountain. On both sides of Sung Khanh Pagoda there are two mountains shaped like dragons and phoenixes, and in front is the winding blue Lo River.

With many historical and cultural values from the war period, the pagoda has been recognized by the Government as one of Vietnam’s National Treasures.

3. History of Sung Khanh Pagoda

Sung Khanh Pagoda is a place associated with the history and ideology of Buddhism during the Ly and Tran dynasties. The pagoda was officially started construction in January 1356 by uncle Phu Dao (chief) Nguyen An. Then, in 1367, a general of the Tran Dynasty at that time, Ta Thuc Ngao, while on a visit here, asked him to write an inscription engraved on the stone stele. The content of the article mentioned the founder of Sung Khanh Pagoda in the past: a Tutor named Nguyen, the leader of this land. That person is Nguyen An.

Then, in August 1707, when the deputy patrol officer of Ha Giang station, Nguyen Van Tran, passed by, he solicited donations, then had a large bell cast and hung at the pagoda. On the bell is engraved an inscription containing profound meaning and human values, mainly reminding the nation to unite, take care of production and maintain the homeland.

Is it worth a visiting Sung Khanh pagoda

Few people know that Sung Khanh Pagoda in Ha Giang has experienced many ruins, causing the Buddha statues and worship objects in the pagoda to be more or less eroded. Only two stone steles and a bronze bell last forever. The most prominent feature of the pagoda is the stone stele built during the reign of King Tran Du Tong, in 1367. The stele is placed proportionally on a stone turtle’s back with the forehead covered in a unique bow-shaped decorative tape. .

In 1989, the pagoda was officially rebuilt on the old pagoda foundation. And in 1993, Sung Khanh Pagoda in Ha Giang was honored to be ranked as a historical relic. And in 1999, the pagoda was officially recognized as a National Historical Site, and became a sacred place of the border land.

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4. Architecture of Sung Khanh Pagoda

Sung Khanh pagoda is a tourist attraction in Ha Giang. With simple architecture, the pagoda is built in the shape of “Nhat”. It’s only one main hall with an area of 26m 2, 4.3m high. The pagoda has a main door and two side doors, a brick wall, a tiled roof and a wall. The main entrance is a place of worship built of pedestals to place some of the altars. On the altar there is a picture of the Buddha statue of Quan Yin instead of the Buddha statue.

On the left side of the altar is a stone stele. Where are the merits of those who contributed to the construction of this pagoda? Stele is of high architectural value by the architecture, unique carvings. The stele has a height of 0.09m, width 0.05 and on the carved brass carvings of Buddha Ba Guan Yin. On the face of the stele is an engraved letter written by the students of the Phoenix, Thuc Lu wrote in March 1367.

In addition to the stone stele, Sung Khanh Pagoda also has a bell molded at the pagoda, Le dynasty (1705), the bronze bell is hung on the right of the altar. Bell with a height of 0.90m, the mouth of the bell carved a lot of sophisticated patterns.

5. When is the best time to visit Sung Khanh Pagoda?

With a hot and humid tropical climate, lots of rain, cold winters, the average temperature ranges from 18 – 25 degree celsius. The climate in Vi Xuyen is divided into two distinct seasons.

The rainy season is from May to October, unusually hot, with sudden rain and wind. The average rainfall is quite large, about 2,000 mm/year. Focus on the months of June, July, August, and September.

The dry season is from November to April of the following year, dry and bitterly cold.

Therefore, the best time to travel to visit Sung Khanh pagoda is from October to April next year. This is the period when the climate is mild and cool, creating favorable conditions for activities to visit, explore and experience in this beautiful land.

Sung Khanh Pagoda

6. How to get to Sung Khanh Pagoda?

Being a place that possesses relatively dangerous terrain with winding roads and unexpected turns, the land of Ha Giang in general and Vi Xuyen in particular is a real challenge for everyone. including everyone who has hand hardware.

Vi Xuyen is about 300 km from Hanoi and more than 20 km from Ha Giang city. During the Ha Giang tour package to explore Vi Xuyen, you can choose a motorbike or car as the main means of transportation throughout the trip.

6.1 From Hanoi to Ha Giang city

To travel to Ha Giang from Hanoi, you will have to travel about 300 kilometers. How long it takes to travel from Ha Giang to Hanoi depends on one of the two routes you choose and the means of transportation.

With this route, you can travel by bus, tourist car, motorbike or a combination of both depending on your personal choice and needs.

  • Route 1: Hanoi – Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri – Phu Tho – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang
  • Route 2: Hanoi – Son Tay – Trung Ha Bridge – Co Tiet – Phong Chau Bridge – Phu Tho – Doan Hung – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang.

You can easily catch a bus at My Dinh bus station with many bus companies and departure schedules are also very diverse so that visitors can easily choose for their journey.

6.2 From Ha Giang city to Sung Khanh pagoda

From the center of Ha Giang city, tourists depart and follow Nguyen Trai street south to exit the city. At the end of Nguyen Trai Street, continue going straight along Highway 2 for about 9 km to Sung Khanh Pagoda.

You will not miss Sung Khanh Pagoda, because the pagoda is located just a few hundred meters on the right hand side of Highway 2 and has very easy-to-see signposts.

7. Activities and Experiences in Sung Khanh Pagoda

7.1 Visiting the temple grounds

Although the area is quite modest, only about 26 square meters. It’s located in a prime location, with wonderful natural surroundings. Next to the wide fields and Thich Bich stream, the pagoda becomes like a small gem that adorns the quiet picture of nature.

Under the light radiating from the two mountains shaped like dragons and tigers on both sides, the pagoda becomes more unique. Coming to the temple gate, visitors can admire the peaceful beauty of the Lo River, winding like soft peach silk.

Stepping through the temple gate, you will be immersed in the sacred space of the altar area, where the painting of Guanyin Buddha is displayed solemnly and solemnly. Next to the altar is a precious stone stele, a legacy that preserves the contributions of those who built the temple in the past.

7.2 Learning about the architecture of the temple

Sung Khanh Pagoda, deeply engraved with its mark from the Ly – Tran dynasties in the high mountains, is an architectural masterpiece of Buddhist worship with simple and rare beauty. In the past, the pagoda only used wood and leaves as materials, so it went through arduous historical events.

After restoration efforts, the pagoda became new with the shape of the letter Nhat. The structure still retains its sophistication, with a 4.3m high main hall, main door, two side doors and red tiled roof. The white limestone pillars, deeply engraved with words, create a picture of tranquility. The road to Sung Khanh Pagoda is paved with red bricks, flanked by rows of bamboo, making the pagoda more rustic and traditional. Promising to bring extremely cool virtual photos to visitors.

7.3 Admiring bronze bells and treasures of the Tran Dynasty

The unique features of Sung Khanh Pagoda are the bronze bell and stone stele, two masterpieces created during the Tran Dynasty, next to the solemn Buddha statue. The large bronze bell, cast during the Le period, is displayed at the pagoda itself. This is a national treasure, rich in history and carrying many profound meanings.

The bronze bell is nearly 1m high and about 0.67m wide, cast in 1705 during the Later Le period, and is a unique work of art. On the bell body, unique sculpted images demonstrate outstanding talent in the art of sculpture and bronze casting from many years ago.

7.4 Experiencing the Long Tong festival

Sung Khanh Pagoda is famous for its Long Tong festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month every year, attracting a large number of Tay people to attend. The festival aims to open the new planting season, hoping for good weather and a peaceful, happy life in the new year. Participants offer offerings such as rice and fruit cakes as expressions of respect and gratitude to the gods.

8. Specialties when traveling to Sung Khanh Pagoda

When visiting Sung Khanh Pagoda, visitors will not only admire an ancient temple with many historical and cultural values. But you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this land.

8.1 Five-Color Sticky Rice

Five-color sticky rice is an indispensable dish on the feasts of ethnic people, including Ha Giang. Ethnic people often bring eye-catching, rich, and delicious five-colored sticky rice to eat when they work in the fields.

8.2 Au Tau Porridge

Au Tau porridge originates from the Au Tau tuber, a popular tuber in the Northeast mountains. People consider this dish the most famous specialty in Ha Giang, and it acts as an effective cold medicine.

8.3 Local Mountainous Pig

Armpit pigs live freely, eating vegetables and wild grass to grow, so their meat is very tough and delicious. This type of pork can be processed into many delicious dishes, especially the most delicious dish is steamed sausage intestines. If you have the opportunity to come to Ha Giang, don’t miss this delicious dish. If you eat it once, you will never forget it.

9. Accommodation when traveling to Sung Khanh Pagoda

Because it is only about 10 km from Ha Giang city, most tourists traveling to Sung Khanh Pagoda stay in Ha Giang city. This creates convenient conditions for tourists to move between different tourist destinations. Also you have the opportunity to enjoy more amenities when staying at accommodation facilities.

9.1 Hotels:

  • Ha Giang Historic House. Address: 209 Minh Khai, Minh Khai Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Cong Anh Hotel. Address: Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Hoan Hao Hotel. Address: 306 Group 3 – Ngoc Ha Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Cao Nguyen Hotel. Address: 297 Nguyen Thai Hoc Tran Phu, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Golden Stone Hotel. Address: 65E Nguyen Thai Hoc Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.

9.2 Guesthouses:

  • Green Hill Hostel. Address: No. 529A Nguyen Van Linh, Quang Trung Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Golden Jungle House. Address: 39B Hai Ba Trung, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Bong Ha Giang Hostel. Address: 65 Minh Khai, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Ha Giang Creekside Homestay and Hostel. Address: 50 Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Trai Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Jasmine Hostel. Address: Highway 2, Phuong Thien, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.

9.3 Homestays:

  • Son Thuy Homestay. Address: Alley 457, Group 8, Quang Trung Ward, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Tien Thang. Address: Chang Village, Ban Me, Phuong Thien, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Cay’s Homestay. Address: Tha Village, Phuong Do, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Dong Que homestay. Address: Phuong Do, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.
  • Cindy Homestay. Address: Mai Hac De, Nguyen Trai, Ha Giang City, Ha Giang.

10. Some important notes when traveling to Sung Khanh Pagoda

To have the most positive and memorable experiences at Sung Khanh Pagoda. You need to pay attention to some issues that we have compiled as follows:

  • Polite clothing: To respect the sacred space, you should wear polite and discreet clothing when entering the temple.
  • Maintaining quiet: The temple is a sacred place, so keep the environment peaceful and avoid making noise.
  • Local guide: If there is a guide or local leader, follow their instructions and learn more about the history and art of Sung Khanh Pagoda.
  • Taking photos carefully: Before taking photos, check that taking photos is appropriate and will not disturb the spiritual practitioner.
  • Surrounding green space: The pagoda is located in a beautiful natural environment, please keep the landscape clean and avoid damaging the surrounding environment.
  • Exploring the surroundings: If time allows, you can spend more time exploring the attractions around the temple and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Above is all the useful information about Sung Khanh Pagoda – a spiritual tourist destination on the heroic land of Vi Xuyen – Ha Giang. The pagoda is like a historical picture, still shining with dignity and pride, constantly standing firm amidst the waves of history. Together tours to Ha Giang explore the architecture and historical value Sung Khanh Pagoda for a better understanding of Vietnamese traditional values. It’s one of the interesting Vietnam vacation spots.

Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator, with a team of consultants, tour operators and experienced and dedicated local guides. We hope you have a peaceful and meaningful journey to explore Ha Giang.

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