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Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

The ancient capital of Hue is famous for its pagodas with bold ancient architecture. And one of the pagodas that represents this architectural feature is Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda – this place is famous as “a fairyland on earth”. It is a place of pure refuge and meditation practice of Buddhism.

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is also a place that many people mention when traveling to Hue. With the ancient and peaceful beauty of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, it makes visitors from all over come to praise. Let’s explore and visit this beautiful temple with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda?

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is located in Cham village, Huong Ho ward, Huong Tra town, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. About 14 km west of Hue city and about 115 km northwest of Da Nang city.

2. How is Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda unique?

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda belongs to the Theravada sect. Built in 1989, after dozens of years, thanks to the work of monks and Buddhists. From a wild, dry, weed-filled hill, this place became a paradise on earth, with trees vast forests, and pure nature.

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Besides, the temple is located at an altitude of 300 m above sea level. Thanks to the surrounding forest trees and lakes, the atmosphere here is mild and strangely pleasant. The pagoda space has an area of ​​more than 10,000 m2, including the Outer Court and the Inner Court. The Outer Court is a place for living and worship, while the Inner Court is completely for meditation.

Moreover, Van Tung Son pine forest and majestic mountains surrounded this pagoda. Anyone who sets foot in this place will feel the wonderfully clear, cool air.

Following the path leading to the temple, you will witness the harmonious landscape. All evoke a watercolor painting with tranquility and chirping birds. At the same time, the sound of insects chirping creates a strange peace, visitors seem to leave fatigue and stress behind.

3. History of formation of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

Initially, Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda was just a small pagoda located in Lang Co, Phu Loc district in the past. The pagoda was built of bamboo in 1973, nestled next to Hai Van pass.

After that, the pagoda was moved to its current location by monk Gioi Duc in 1978. Then, from 1993 – 1995, Huyen Khong Son Thuong pagoda was remodeled on a larger scale, in the middle of a campus of nearly 6,000 square meters.

Over time, the pagoda gradually became one of the famous spiritual tourist destinations, both modern and solid thanks to reinforced concrete materials, while still maintaining its inherent dignity and tranquility.

4. How to get to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda?

IMG 604492014.1 Moving To Hue City

4.1.1. By plane

This is the most convenient and fastest means of transportation for tourists from other provinces and cities to reach the Hue tourist area. Most domestic airlines currently have direct flights to Phu Bai airport, Hue. Flight time from Hanoi to Hue takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue about 1 hour 30 minutes.

4.1.2 By passenger car

If you live in nearby localities, choosing a bus is quite suitable because the travel time is short and the cost is relatively low. If you are in remote provinces, you can choose a sleeper bus to travel. From Hanoi to Hue, please refer to buying bus tickets from popular bus companies running the Hanoi – Hue route such as Hung Thanh, Camel, Duc Thinh,… The Hanoi – Hue route has a travel time of about 12 – 14 hours.

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hue it takes about 20 hours. Some popular bus companies running the HCM – Hue route include Hoang Long, Huong Ty, Minh Phuong,…

4.1.3 By train

If you have a lot of time to travel to Hue and love sightseeing along the way, choose the train. Train tickets are not too expensive. Trains usually have hard seats, soft seats, beds and air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned compartments. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioned sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

4.2 Traveling to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda from Hue city

From Hue city center, you move towards Kim Long street. Next, you pass Thien Mu Pagoda, go straight all the way to Van Thanh Street, cross Xuoc Du bridge about 1 km to reach Dong Cham village. Then, you drive about 250m more, look to the right and there is a sign leading to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda.

5. Exploring the beauty of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Hue Pagoda is one of the famous Hue tourist destinations. Coming here, you will clearly feel the lightness, purity, and find some peace in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. At the same time, the previous worries disappeared as if they had never appeared.

5.1 Huyen Khong pagoda’s external campus

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda has a beauty that can be compared to a watercolor painting. This place has a cool climate and a quiet space where you can hear the chirping sounds of insects. At the same time, the sound of birds singing and the sound of leaves rustling in the wind makes a lasting impression on anyone.

The external campus of Huyen Khong Pagoda is liberal and has a wide vision with works such as:

  • Stone grass garden: has an area of ​​about 500m2 with many green grass and gray stones. Monks often practice martial arts, converse and recite poetry.
  • Five lakes: Thuy Nguyet Dam lake, Son Anh lake, Vong Oa Dam lake, the remaining two lakes are scattered throughout the temple grounds. Each lake has a very poetic bridge across it.
  • Calligraphy communal house: located opposite the pine hill, is a cluster of five-roofed water houses that often display calligraphy with verses that change with the seasons and weather.

5.2 Nghinh Luong communal house

Nghinh Luong communal house stands out with its open space design, three sides are empty. The materials used to build this project are tile and miscellaneous wood taken from planted forests.

In addition, around Nghinh Luong communal house, there are many pots of porcelain flowers, orchids, and frangipani flowers that are hundreds of years old. This is the place for visitors from all over to stop to rest, enjoy tea and talk.

5.3 Chung Hoa Duong

The Chung Hoa Duong is designed for monks to live in. Right at the entrance gate, there is a couplet: “Clean and beautiful public garden, good density / Good people, virtuous monks”.

5.4 Main hall area

The main hall has a small mahogany roof, designed according to Ancient Vietnamese architecture, the floor is lined with red Chinese bricks, and other details use mainly wooden materials. Everything is unpainted, creating a rustic space, bearing the “appearance” of Hue.

Especially, in the main hall, there is a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, on both sides are statues of Sariputta, Maudgalyayana and many saints. Behind there is a large calligraphy painting and two artistic flower vases. Visitors can offer incense to pray for health and a happy life.

5.5 Am May Tia

Am May Tia is known as the abbot’s residence, study, reception, and calligraphy. If you are a lover of literature, poetry, and calligraphy, come here to admire it. At the same time, you also have the opportunity to discuss, comment on poetry, and show off extremely interesting words.

5.6 Tinh Trai Duong

The Tinh Trai Duong are townhouses designed on a total area of ​​about 120m2. This project is located behind the temple specifically for monks to cook. This place has a large space so it can easily accommodate hundreds of Buddhists attending the ceremony.

5.7 Pagoda’s guest house

The guest house at Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is a place where tourists stop to avoid the sun. Meetings of monks, nuns and Buddhists also take place here. The guest house is built with an open design, airy space, main materials are tiles, wood and very clean carpets.

5.8 Thanh Tam Vien

Thanh Tam Vien is a garden with a wooden bridge over a lotus pond and water guns. Standing here you can see the clear blue water without a ripple. At the same time, taking many beautiful photos is also something you should do.

5.9 Huyen Khong Son Thuong Zen Forest

The Zen forest area at Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is hidden deep in the valley. This place is about 15 km from the city center, surrounded by mountains, forests and pine hills. The road is deserted, there are rice fields, and signposts carved from wood hang on small stone markers along the road.

6. Activities and experiences at Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

6.1 Admiring the unique Japanese-Indian architecture

It can be said that Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is a wonderful interference between different cultures. It is a place that harmoniously combines the sophistication and sophistication of Indian architecture, the simplicity and quietness of Phu Tang and the soul and tradition of Vietnamese culture.

Dai Giac Stupa is the most prominent work of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda. When built according to the prototype of the great Mahā Bodhi Gāya stupa of India. The overall stupa consists of 1 floor as the base, followed by a complex of 5 towers including 1 main tower and 4 auxiliary towers with heights of 37m and 24m respectively.

The Japanese imprint is boldly printed on red tile roofs, hexagonal lanterns or simple but sturdy pillars. The minimalism in Japanese architecture evokes a feeling of relaxation, solemnity and calmness.

The soul of Vietnamese culture and the characteristics of the Hue royal court are delicately expressed, giving Huyen Khong Pagoda a close and familiar appearance. These are bas-reliefs and sculpted details on beams and columns.

6.2 Exploring 1001 enchanting check-in corners

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is not only a stopping point for Buddhists and tourists who come here to worship. But also a favorite tourist destination for photography and painting enthusiasts.

What impresses visitors is the poetic and lyrical scenery and works with unique architecture. Dai Giac Stupa is probably the most prominent check-in area in the temple. Besides, the miniature landscapes in the temple grounds also lead you astray into the ecological garden.

6.3 Immersing yourself in a peaceful space and let go of all your worries

Anyone who visits Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda loves the tranquility and serenity of this place. The pagoda always has a dignified and peaceful appearance, like opening the Buddha’s door wide to welcome good-hearted people and depressed people to cleanse their souls and let go of their sorrows.

The tranquility of the temple show in every detail, even the smallest. Those are images of 500 baskets of precious orchids or stone panels engraved with calligraphy. These things create a harmonious whole, helping people to calmly reflect on their outlook on life and the ethics of being human in life.

7. Enjoying Hue specialties when traveling to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

After visiting Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, you return to Hue city to enjoy the specialties of this ancient capital.

7.1 Nam Pho Noodle Soup

A delicious bowl of Nam Pho noodle soup, mixed with rich shrimp and meat filling and green onion stalks, sprinkled with a little green chili sauce, who can refuse this unique dish when traveling to Hue.

7.2 Hue Sweet Soup

Hue is famous for many types of sweet soup, each with its own delicious taste such as lotus seed sweet soup, floating sweet soup, taro sweet soup, roasted meat sweet soup. No need to go to big restaurants, just sit next to street vendors or small alleys, order a cup of sweet soup, and you can enjoy the sophistication of Hue’s snacks.

7.3 Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Beef noodle soup is a famous specialty of Hue. When traveling to Hue, you definitely have to wake up early and eat a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup here. They simmered the broth carefully from beef bones, onions, and other traditional spices to create a delicious, attractive flavor.

Hue beef noodle soup is large and soft, served with pork patties and a little blood and fatty pork hoof. Before eating, add some fresh lemon, a few pieces of chili and raw vegetables and mix well. The delicious taste of beef noodle soup in Hue is hard to compare anywhere else.

7.4 Hue Duckweed Cake (Banh Beo)

A hot cup of Banh Beo with sweet and aromatic filling comes with a bowl of slightly spicy dipping sauce. When eating, pour fish sauce over a bowl of Banh Beo, enjoy the soft, flexible taste of the dough, the aroma of fried onions, and the sweetness of the shrimp and meat filling.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

After participating in activities and experiences at Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, you return to Hue city to rest and relax. Below are some hotels that you can refer to:

  • TTC Imperial Hotel. Address: 08 Hung Vuong, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Alba Spa Hotel. Address: 29 Tran Quang Khai, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Kawara My An Onsen Resort. Address: My An, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Meliá Vinpearl Hue. Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Mondial Hotel Hue. Address: 17 Nguyen Hue, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.

9. Some tourist attractions near Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

After visiting Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, you can visit other impressive tourist attractions of Hue Ancient Capital right near the pagoda.

9.1 Khe Ngang Lake

About 12 km from the city center, Khe Ngang Lake is the ideal place to travel with family and friends. Charming, romantic scenery, beautiful check-in space and a series of recreational activities such as camping, BBQ, and SUP will make your trip more new, sweet and happy.

9.2 An Hien garden house

An Hien garden house is quite close to Huyen Khong Son Thuong pagoda, located at 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street. This garden house has the design of exemplary ancient houses, with a 3-compartment, two-wing house structure.

9.3 Phu Cam Church

Located on Phuoc Qua hill, Phuoc Vinh ward on the south bank of the Huong River, Phu Cam church is a harmonious combination of shapes and lines. This is the stopping point for Christians and guests who love modern, impressive beauty.

9.4 Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda can be the next great destination for those who like to fully enjoy the atmosphere of spiritual tourism. The pagoda is located on Ha Khe hill, Kim Long ward. With a view to the Perfume River and ancient architecture. Thien Mu Pagoda will be the ideal place to stop for you to immerse yourself in a peaceful meditation space.

9.5 Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel is a place that you cannot miss when coming to Hue. With more than 100 outstanding architectural works and a large campus, you can freely check in and explore the unique features of this ancient complex arranged according to the principle of “left man, right woman”, “left literature, right martial arts”. .

9.6 Truong Tien Bridge

Near Huyen Khong Pagoda, you can move to Truong Tien Bridge – a bridge across the Perfume River to get some fresh air. The poetic beauty of the Perfume River, sparkling lights and delicious snack shops will definitely make you stay to relax and take photos.

10. Some important notes when visiting Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

To have the most complete and meaningful trip when visiting or worshiping at Huyen Khong Pagoda, visitors should note the following:

  • You should learn about the route before going to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda.
  • Firmly grasp the Hue tourist map to be proactive in your journey;
  • Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda is a place of meditation, so you need to choose polite, discreet clothing and avoid making noise in a sacred place.
  • Do not take any action that harms the landscape and temple space.
  • You should go to the temple early in the morning to capture the magical scene.

Huyen Khong Son Thuong is a peaceful pagoda with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. When coming here, you will immerse in the clear space, take a deep breath and look out into the distance to see everything. It all brings a sense of peace, escape, the cessation of time and allows people to slow down a bit.

Please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, to get an attractive schedule and useful information about other beautiful destinations. We will also accompany you on your journey to explore Hue tour and bring you the most wonderful experiences.

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