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Tu Hieu Pagoda

Tu Hieu Pagoda is an ancient pagoda, imbued with the ancient architecture of the ancient capital of Hue. Besides, this is also a famous spiritual tourist destination with beautiful, peaceful scenery that no tourist wants to miss. Let’s learn more about this special temple with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Tu Hieu Pagoda?

Tu Hieu Pagoda is located in Duong Xuan Thuong III village. It belongs to Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. About 5 km southwest of Hue city center, about 96 km northwest of Da Nang city. And about 136 km northwest of Hoi An city.

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2. How is Tu Hieu Pagoda unique?

Tu Hieu Pagoda is located in Duong Xuan village, hidden deep in a large pine forest. This is one of the oldest Hue pagodas built during the Nguyen Dynasty. So it possesses very unique and different architecture.

Besides, the pagoda also makes visitors fascinated by its poetic scenery and very cool atmosphere. In particular, each season of the year, this place has its own beauty, so visitors can visit the temple at any time. However, in the 7th lunar month every year, the pagoda often welcomes many tourists to visit and hold a ceremony to thank their parents on the occasion of Vu Lan season to show filial piety.

3. History of the formation of Tu Hieu Pagoda

In 1843, Venerable Nhat Dinh came to Hue to establish “Thao Am An Duong” to continue his spiritual path and take care of his elderly mother. By 1848, Venerable Cuong Ky expanded the scale of the pagoda. In the following years, the pagoda was restored and embellished to its present perfection.

The legend of Tu Hieu Hue Pagoda is related with stories imbued with human love and life. Venerable Nhat Dinh – the person who opened the mountain to build the pagoda, ignored people’s gossip and objections to buy meat and fish to nourish his old and sick mother. While I always have a heart for Buddha and a pure vegetarian diet.

That filial heart moved King Tu Duc. From that time on, the pagoda was named Tu Hieu. Besides, this is also a place for the royal eunuchs to enjoy their old age and take care of future worship. Because the atmosphere and landscape here are so wonderful, suitable for convalescence and relaxation. That’s why the pagoda also has another name: Thai Giam pagoda.

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4. Architecture of Tu Hieu ancient pagoda in Hue

The abbots of Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue have put great effort into building and restoring the pagoda to maintain the ancient and pure features of the place of worship but also to be spacious and spacious to welcome Buddhists and tourists to visit. With a campus of about 8 acres, the pagoda seems to come out of a painting.

The pagoda is built in the style of three houses and two wings, including the main area worshiping Buddha, behind is Quang Hieu Duong and the rear area worshiping the Left Governor Le Van Duyet. Around Tu Hieu Pagoda there are also tombs of Lord Nguyen’s concubines.

Tu Hieu Pagoda is not only a frequent place for Buddhists to make pilgrimages and worship, but also a favorite place for tourists from all over to visit. The landscape here has a poetic and charming appearance, marked by history and the ups and downs of time.

5. How to get to Tu Hieu Pagoda from Hue city

The road to Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue is quite easy to go. You can choose motorbike, personal car or taxi. The travel route is not too complicated. The journey starts at Dong Khoi Street and turns left onto Le Loi Street. Go straight 800m, you will come across an intersection, where it intersects with Dien Bien Phu street. Here, turn left onto Dien Bien Phu, go another 2.2km, then turn right onto Le Ngo Cat. Moving along this road about 1km, you will see a sign leading to Tu Hieu Pagoda about 200m away.

6. Activities and experiences at Tu Hieu Pagoda

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6.1 Enjoying the meditative space and peaceful nature

There is a special feature of Hue pagoda that will forever impress tourists. That is the immersion in nature, like using clouds, sky, forests and mountains to embellish the beauty of the pure Buddha’s door. Tu Hieu Pagoda is simply located in the pine forest, bearing the appearance of Hue communal house architecture. The entire temple has uniformity, but each location has its own unique markings.

If you only visit Hue for 1 day and want to find a place to soothe your soul, Tu Hieu Pagoda will be a suitable choice. The pagoda has a quite large fish pond, a fragrant lotus pond, and a three-door gate covered with green moss, majestic yet nostalgic. Listening to the sound of gurgling water, the rustling of trees, the sound of the monk reading the scriptures, surely the troubles in your heart will somehow be healed.

6.2 Visiting the resting place of 24 eunuchs of the Nguyen Dynasty

Tu Hieu Pagoda is also a place to rest in old age and worship eunuchs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Until now, the cemetery of those who spent their lives serving in the forbidden palace is still located here, becoming one of the “unique” things of Tu Hieu Pagoda.

The cemetery is about 1000 square meters wide and has a solid protective wall surrounding it. The tombs are arranged in 3 rows according to the rank and position of the ancient eunuch. In the middle of the cemetery, there is also a stele engraved with their contributions to the royal court at that time.

6.3 Listening to the story of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

Tu Hieu Tu is also a Hue pagoda that preserves stories imbued with religion and life. The pagoda is also the place where Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh began his path of practice and where he recuperated in the last years of his life. The Zen master is a highly influential Buddhist leader, with his tireless contributions in many fields.

Falling leaves return to their roots, that is the lesson we learn when visiting Tu Hieu Pagoda. The pagoda is where the Zen master lived peacefully in his youth, and then it was the cradle that nurtured his dreams, will and desire to save suffering and help people. He returned to the temple and spent the rest of his time in the Listening room with his brothers.

7. Enjoying Hue specialties when visiting Tu Hieu Pagoda

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7.1 Mussel rice – Mussel vermicelli

A bowl of Hue rice that is truly “Hue” must be cooled overnight. So it can preserve the crispness of the vegetables and the aroma of the spices. True to the Hue people’s “eat spicy and talk hard” personality, this Hue specialty dish must be full of flavor, salty and especially spicy. When you come to Hue, if you don’t pay attention carefully, your bowl of mussel rice will definitely burn your tongue.

7.2 Hue beef noodle soup

A bowl of Hue beef noodle soup has a pleasant sweet taste from the bones. Hue people use a special recipe to extract the flavor for the noodle bowl. Therefore, the traditional bowl of Hue beef noodle soup has to be much saltier and richer in flavor.

One difference between beef noodle soup in Hue and other regions is the vermicelli noodles. For this dish, Hue people especially use small rice vermicelli, also known as fresh vermicelli, the type of vermicelli that you often eat when making spring rolls, or vermicelli vermicelli, vermicelli with bamboo shoots.

7.3 Hue sweet soup

It is no exaggeration to call Hue the capital of all kinds of tea and alley tea is one of the characteristics of Hue. Every few steps, you will come across a shop or street vendor in the alley. Therefore, sweet soup has become an indispensable Hue specialty on your list of dishes to try.

Delicious and unique sweet soups sold all year round include roasted meat sweet soup, taro banana sweet soup, bean sweet soup, corn sweet soup, lotus seed sweet soup, etc. On hot days, you can try a bowl. Tea with ice is cool and incomparable.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Tu Hieu Pagoda

Tu Hieu Pagoda is located not too far from Hue city center, so you don’t have to worry about where to stay when traveling here. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

  • Hue Serene Palace Hotel. Address: 21 Kiet 42 Nguyen Cong Tru, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Meliá Vinpearl Hue. Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Gardenia Hue Hotel. Address: 91 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Indochine Palace Hue. Address: 105A 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 other famous tourist attractions near Tu Hieu Pagoda

Coming to Hue, in addition to Tu Hieu Pagoda, you can also learn about the culture, people and beauty of this spiritual land at many other equally meaningful historical sites.

9.1 Tomb of Tu Duc

Only less than 2km from Tu Hieu Pagoda, Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most famous historical and cultural relics in Hue city. The project was built in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village. The overall architecture spans about 12 hectares with 50 different large and small project items.

The mausoleum system and architecture of this place are considered a unique design work of art of the Nguyen court. Many works with profound meaning and historical value to this day can be mentioned. Such as: Hoa Khiem Palace, Luong Khiem Palace, Minh Khiem Theater, Chung Khiem Ta, Khiem Cung Mon and many other works with bold other historical features.

9.2 Ho Quyen

Ho Quyen has a name that sounds a bit confusing. But in fact this is an arena of fierce beasts, located about 4km north of Tu Hieu pagoda. The project was built by King Minh Mang in 1830 to organize life-and-death matches between elephants and tigers. The purpose is to offer sacrifices to gods during festivals and serve the entertainment needs of the king, mandarins and people. Up to now, the arena has been restored and honored as a national historical relic belonging to the Hue ancient capital relic complex.

Ho Quyen is considered the “Roman Coliseum of Vietnam. It makes this place that attracts a large number of tourists from all over to visit and experience one of the activities of our ancestors during the time.

9.3 Bao Lam Pagoda

Bao Lam Pagoda is one of hundreds of pagodas in the beautiful ancient capital of Hue. This place is still little known so the space still retains its peace and solemnity. Along with the temple grounds surrounded by a lot of green trees, giving visitors visiting the temple a feeling of peace. It is famous that Bao Lam Pagoda is located in Ha 2 village, Thuy Pha ward, Hue city.

Tu Hieu Pagoda is a tourist destination that brings visitors different experiences. Coming here, you will feel like you have returned to the past because of the beautiful, ancient and poetic space. Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional local tour operator in Hue, we will accompany you on your private tour Hue as well as visit Tu Hieu Pagoda to fully feel the purity and peace of this place.

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