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Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is famous as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most famous and important pagodas in Hue city, Vietnam. With its long history and unique architecture, Thien Mu Pagoda has become an attractive religious and tourist destination for tourists from all over the world. Let’s learn more about the toxicity of this temple bone with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Thien Mu Pagoda?

Thien Mu Pagoda is on Ha Khe hill, Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street, Kim Long ward, Hue city, Vietnam. About 5 km southwest of the city center and about 115 km northwest of Da Nang city.

Located on the banks of the Perfume River with its charming watery space. Thien Mu Pagoda has appeared many times in folk songs and Vietnamese proverbs. And it is also the source of inspiration for many works of poetry and painting.

Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue

2. History of Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu is the oldest pagoda in Hue with a lifespan of more than 400 years, built in 1601 by Emperor Nguyen Hoang. According to many recorded documents, once going to examine the terrain to build a fortune and career for the Nguyen family in Thuan Hoa. Lord Nguyen Hoang found a hill named Ha Khe with the image of a dragon turning its head. Later, the king built a pagoda on this hill, naming it Thien Mu Pagoda.

In 1862, under the reign of King Tu Duc, the king changed the name of the pagoda “Thien Mu” to “Linh Mu” in hopes of having a child to continue the family line. The word “Thien” means heaven, the king was afraid that offending heaven would be unthinkable. It was not until 1896 that the king allowed the name “Thien Mu” as before.

3. Unique architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is a complex of many majestic and beautiful architectural works. It brings unique architectural features of the ancient capital of Hue. Expressive architectural works include: Dai Hung Palace, Phuoc Duyen Tower, Quan Am Palace,…

All create an ancient and sacred beauty for the temple bones. This is also the place to store many precious antiques such as paintings, ancient couplets, ancient statues, stone stele and bronze bells. Which not only have historical significance but also have great artistic value.

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4. How to get to Thien Mu Pagoda?

4.1 From Hue city to Thien Mu Pagoda

To have the opportunity to observe the image of Thien Mu Pagoda on the wall next to the Perfume River. From Hue Citadel, you go through Dang Thai Than street and then left through Yet Kieu street. Going a little further, Son left for Le Duan street. Turn around and go to Kim Long street. Continue going another 2km and you will arrive.

4.2 Means of transportation to Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue is located in the middle of a countryside with a charming landscape. Next to the poetic Perfume River passing by, making the pagoda even more charming and impressive in the eyes of tourists. To go to Thien Mu Pagoda, you can choose the following forms of transfer:

  • Take a dragon boat: ride on the Perfume River: enjoy the scenery and enjoy the beauty of Thien Mu Pagoda Hue from afar.
  • By car: start from Dang Thai Than – Turn left onto Yet Kieu Street – Turn left onto Le Duan – Roundabout – Kim Long Street.
  • Bicycle: because the road to Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is very beautiful and the distance is not too far. You can rent a bicycle to admire the scenery and check in.
  • Motorbike: Hue tourist destinations are not too far apart. By traveling by motorbike, you will be more proactive about your destination as well as time. You can rent a daily motorbike service at the hotel where you stay.
  • Taxi: only 5km from the city center, so traveling to Thien Mu Pagoda Hue by taxi is also a good idea. This vehicle is suitable for groups of friends or family groups of 3-6 people.
Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue

5. Exploring the beauty of Thien Mu Pagoda

5.1 Visiting the beautiful, poetic and peaceful pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue is located on the banks of the romantic Perfume River, wearing a peaceful and pure beauty. From afar, visitors can see the ancient pagoda appearing with the shape of a giant turtle carrying the ancient tower on its back.

The majestic pagoda reflects its reflection on the lyrical Perfume River. The space is filled with poetry unlike anywhere else. Coming here, visitors seem to step into a fairyland, feeling pure and peaceful.

With pine trees, ornamental plants and exquisite lotus ponds covered Thien Mu pagoda. The fragrant lotus scent spreads everywhere. Leave all the noise and fatigue outside. Coming here, you only hear the sound of slow footsteps, the gentle sound of falling leaves, and sometimes a clear, humming, echoing bell. Or the sound of wood coming from the gong in the main hall,…all create a solemn and quiet Buddhist space. The poetic and peaceful scenery of this place makes visitors stop to admire the scenery and want to stay forever.

5.2 Admiring the ancient architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda, viewed from any angle, shows its poetic quality, making you go from one surprise to another. Please join us in discovering the unique architectural features and lyrical landscapes of this place that have been featured in countless books and music.

5.2.1 The majestic Tam Quan Gate

Before entering the temple, you will first encounter the Tam Quan gate. The gate has a 2-storey design, 8 roofs and 3 entrances. The doors here are all made of red vermilion wood, extremely sturdy and solid. Around the gate are placed statues of the Guardian God to help protect the peace of the temple, creating a majestic look for Tam Quan gate.

5.2.2 Phuoc Duyen Tower

Phuoc Duyen Tower is a check-in point not to be missed when traveling to Thien Mu Pagoda Hue. This project was built right behind the welcome gate area. Although located in front, Phuoc Duyen tower is considered the “soul” of the pagoda. This architecture, along with other works, forms a cohesive complex, unique and different. But still full of Hue characteristics.

Phuoc Duyen Tower was built in 1844 by King Thieu Tri. At first, the name was Tu Nhan Thap. Then change it to the current name. At that time, to complete the tower, raw materials from clay, stone and Bat Trang ceramics had to be brought in from outside.

The tower’s body is built of rustic bricks, and the sidewalk is built of solid stone. All combined to form an octagonal tower, the higher it gets, the smaller it gets, with a total of 7 floors, each 2m. In general, the design of each floor is completely the same, painted in pink. Over the years, it has carried the mark of “time”, highlighting the unique value of the ancient capital’s architecture.

5.2.3 Dai Hung Palace

Located right in the main hall of Thien Mu Pagoda, Dai Hung Palace is a place to worship Maitreya Buddha – the God who brings carefree joy. The statue depicts Maitreya Buddha with a gentle appearance, large, knowledgeable ears, a large belly filled with tolerance and a kind smile. The palace is built entirely of solid cement. The side is repainted in wood color, giving us a feeling of closeness and familiarity.

Not only displaying the Maitreya Buddha, Dai Hung Palace is also home to a great painting, dating from 1974, and an extremely delicate bronze moon-shaped bell. Going deep inside is the temple, in the center is the statue of Tam The Buddha, on the left is Van Phu Bodhisattva and on the right is Pho Hien Bodhisattva. In particular, the land deep in Dai Hung Palace is the burial place of Dharma Master Thich Don Hau – once the abbot of the pagoda.

5.2.4 The tomb of the late Venerable Thich Don Hau

Venerable Thich Don Hau is a famous abbot at Thien Mu Pagoda. He devoted his whole life to the development of Vietnamese Buddhism. In addition, he is also respected by the people for his countless public activities, helping his people. When he passed away, the people and temple administrators buried the Venerable under the tower at the end of the campus to show gratitude to the revered monk.

5.2.5 Ksitigarbha Temple

This project is located right behind Dai Hung Palace. The scenery here brings you peace and quiet. In front is a large yard with grass and trees and a cool green lake. Surely this will be an interesting stop on your trip to explore Thien Mu Pagoda that you cannot miss.

5.2.6 Huong Nguyen Communal House possesses impressive architecture

During the reign of Kinh Thieu Tri, people built Huong Nguyen communal house, it located in front of Phuoc Duyen tower. In the past, Huong Nguyen communal house was a monumental scale project with unique architecture. However, a storm that hit Hue in 1904 severely damaged the communal house. After that, the communal house was renovated and restored to serve tourists.

5.2.7 Avalokiteśvara Palace

Different from the magnificent images of the palaces introduced above, the Quan Am Palace is more simple as it is hidden inside the bushes. Although there are no intricately carved patterns, there is only a bronze statue of Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva sitting on a lotus. But it brings a strange feeling of peace, gentleness and serenity. On both sides of the palace are places to worship the Ten Palace Kings.

5.2.8 Ha Khe Hill – check-in coordinates, great view of the Huong River

Visiting Thien Mu Pagoda Hue, you cannot miss the experience of checking in on Ha Khe hill, capturing memorable moments. Ha Khe Hill captivates you with its beautiful view of the Perfume River, surrounded by rows of green trees.

Standing from Ha Khe hill, you can watch the boats plying up and down the calm river. In the distance is the towering pine forest, creating a peaceful, beautiful landscape picture. If you have time, stay a while to catch the sunset on Ha Khe hill, admiring the majestic space, with a hint of sadness – a characteristic of the dreamy land of Hue.

Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue

6. Specialties when traveling to Thien Mu Pagoda

After visiting and worshiping Thien Mu Pagoda. You return to Hue city and enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

6.1 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. The beef bones simmered carefully into the broth, 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.

6.2 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.

6.3 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. Accommodation when traveling to Thien Mu Pagoda

Because the distance between Thien Mu Pagoda and Hue city is very close. Therefore, when traveling to Thien Mu Pagoda, accommodation in Hue city will be the ideal choice. You can both enjoy the convenience of accommodation and conveniently move between different tourist destinations in Hue.

7.1 Hotels:

Hotels in Hue are of great interest thanks to their affordable prices, plus beautiful locations – most are located in the central area, or near famous tourist destinations:

  • Golden Star Villa Hue.
  • Cherish Hotel Hue.
  • Cherry Hotel Hue.
  • Indochine Palace Hotel.
  • Imperial Hue Hotel.
  • Eldora Hotel.

7.2 Homestays:

For young tourists who travel in the form of discovery, want to save money but still like a great place to stop, go straight to the hostels and homestays in Hue. What’s better than staying at a very affordable price, you still have the opportunity to own a lovely, small but cozy place to rest, right in the center of Hue city.

  • Deja Vu Homestay.
  • Mosaic Garden.
  • April Hostel.
  • EMT Homestay.
  • Branchiee Homestay.

8. Some tourist attractions near Thien Mu Pagoda

If you have come to Thien Mu Pagoda Hue, don’t forget to visit and explore other famous destinations near the pagoda, such as:

  • Huong river.
  • Hue Citadel.
  • Dong Ba Market.
  • Vong Canh Hill.

Besides, combining the Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An tour is also a suggestion worth considering. This will be an opportunity for you to visit and explore many attractive places, loved by many tourists: My Khe beach, Ngu Hanh Son, Cu Lao Cham, Hoi An ancient town,…

9. Some important notes when visiting Thien Mu Pagoda

To make your trip to Thien Mu Pagoda more complete, don’t forget to note some of the points below:

  • When visiting sacred places like temples, you should pay attention to wearing polite, discreet clothing.
  • Do not speak loudly, make noise or curse in the temple grounds so as not to affect the pure, sacred space of the temple.
  • Prepare necessary items such as hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc. to protect your skin.
  • You can also bring some snacks and drinks to replenish your energy mid-way.
  • To maintain general hygiene, do not throw trash indiscriminately.

Thien Mu Pagoda is a memorable destination for many tourists from all over every time they visit. This place not only converges the beauty of architecture, historical elements, and style. But it is also with the personality of Hue people – quiet and reserved.

Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, we are always ready to answer all your questions about this destination. We are also pleased to accompany you on your tours in Hue to discover the charimg of Thien Mu pagoda with interesting destinations and the most wonderful experiences.

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