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Bao Quoc Pagoda

Visiting Bao Quoc Pagoda to admire the beauty of worship culture from the 17th century, and listen to mysterious stories about Ham Long “forbidden well”. This place also has an extremely peaceful, ancient space that helps you dispel the pressures and fatigue of everyday life… It will be a wonderful experience when you set foot in the ancient capital of Hue. Let’s explore this ancient temple with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Bao Quoc Pagoda?

Bao Quoc Pagoda is located on Ham Long hill, Bao Quoc street, Phuong Duc ward, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. About 2 km southwest of Hue city center, about 95 km from Da Nang city and about 136 km southeast of Hoi An city.

2. How is Bao Quoc Pagoda unique?

Bao Quoc pagoda is one of the Hue tourist destinations not to be missed by many tourists. This is a Hue pagoda of the Northern sect built in the Khau script style. In addition, the pagoda grounds are very spacious and have enough tomb towers of the Patriarchs. This place still preserves many precious memorabilia with cultural value.

3. History of Bao Quoc Pagoda

Bao Quoc Pagoda was built in the 17th century. During the reign of Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan, initiated by Zen Master Giac Phong. In 1747, Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat gave Bao Quoc Pagoda the sign: Sac Tu Bao Quoc Tu and inscribed with the words King Tzu Te, Taoist Ngu De.

During the Tay Son period, Bao Quoc Pagoda was occupied as a saltpeter warehouse. It was not until 1808 that Queen Hieu Huong directed the reconstruction of the pagoda, cast the great bell, built three gates. Then changed the pagoda’s name to Ham Long Thien Tho Tu and invited Zen Master Pho Tinh to become the abbot.

Entering the Nguyen Dynasty, King Minh Mang visited the pagoda in 1824 and named it Bao Quoc Tu. In 1858, on the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of the Great Anniversary, the king held a grand precept ceremony here.

Having gone through many ups and downs of time, Bao Quoc Pagoda has now become a sacred and noble spiritual place. This is also a place that nourishes the souls of countless Buddhist monks and nuns. It is not only in the ancient capital but also in many regions of the country. Currently, Venerable Thich Duc Thanh is the Abbot of Bao Quoc Pagoda.

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4. The architecture imbued with national identity of Bao Quoc Pagoda

Bao Quoc Pagoda is on a spacious campus of up to 2 hectares. The outermost gate is an ancient and massive three-entrance gate. Going inside, you will see a garden planted with many trees, creating a fresh and quiet landscape for the temple.

The architecture of Bao Quoc Pagoda has many unique and distinct features. The main hall area of ​​the pagoda consists of 3 compartments and 2 wings with elaborate and unique decorations. Moreover, walls and pillars have patterns made from pieces of porcelain or majestic dragon shapes. Inside the main hall is a solemn and pure place of worship.

On the grounds of Bao Quoc Pagoda, there is a statue of Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva. On the left is the Earth tower and the 3.3m high Giac Phong tower built in 1714.

5. How to get to Bao Quoc Pagoda?

5.1 Moving To Hue

5.1.1. 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. Besides, 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.

5.1.2 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,…

5.1.3 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. Note that, 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.

5.2 From Hue city center to Bao Quoc Pagoda

Because the distance from Hue city center to Bao Quoc Pagoda is very close, you can go by bicycle, motorbike or taxi to get to Bao Quoc Pagoda.

  • Route 1: You follow Le Duan street to the west, reach Gia Vien bridge, turn left onto Bui Thi Xuan street. You continue on Bui Thi Xuan street and then Phan Chu Trinh street. When you reach the bridge, turn right onto Dien Bien Phu street. From here, you turn right to reach Bao Quoc Pagoda.
  • Route 2: From Hue Citadel, follow Tran Hung Dao street, turn left onto Phu Xuan bridge. Passing Phu Xuan bridge, you turn right onto Le Loi street, continue moving along Le Loi street to the southwest and then meet the intersection with Dien Bien Phu street. You turn left onto Dien Bien Phu street and continue to cross the bridge in a group and then turn right to reach Bao Quoc Pagoda.
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6. Legend of the sacred Ham Long wells

Visiting Bao Quoc Hue Pagoda, you will hear the story of Ham Long wells with many fascinating details. The Ham Long wells are about 5 to 6 meters deep, the water is extremely fresh and pure. The well is located north of the pagoda, right at the foot of Ham Long hill, appearing since the beginning of the mountain around 1674.

In the well, there is a geyser of water gushing out like a tornado. Later, the water from Ham Long wells was used to offer to the Gods, but no one was allowed to use it. Therefore, Ham Long wells became a forbidden well, a sacred well in legend.

According to many stories, the birth of Ham Long wells is related with the formation and development of the Nguyen Dynasty. At that time, when Lord Nguyen entered Thuan Hoa to reclaim the land, this land had many mysterious things, was wild and few people traveled. One day, when Lord Nguyen entered Phu Xuan to settle down in the capital, he could not sleep peacefully because there was a large dragon calling the wind and rain, and the waves were rolling. He realized that this was not good for the fate of the country and the people’s lives, so he sent someone to find out.

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One day, a feng shui master came to see the king and said: in front of the capital city there are sacred mountains and many dragon veins. The dragon veins there are much more mysterious than other places, with many shapes and forms, constantly changing, sometimes favorable and sometimes contrary, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes hidden and sometimes visible. There is a source of vitality and prosperity that cannot be found anywhere else. It is necessary to invite a high-ranking person to worship to enchant the dragon’s veins and tame the evil dragon.

Receiving this insight, Lord Nguyen invited him to cast spells at many places and sure enough, the dragon was no longer disruptive and people’s lives became peaceful again. Therefore, the mountain where the dragon hid was named Binh An Son and still exists today. Currently, around the wall of the well there are many winding dragon patterns reminiscent of the old dragon story.

There is another opinion surrounding Ham Long well that is different from the story mentioned above. Accordingly, Ham Long well associated with Bao Quoc Pagoda, was built in the 17th century. When Zen Master Giac Phong was thirsty, he dug a well at the foot of the mountain. When I started digging three slices of land, a geyser of clear water gushed out like a dragon’s mouth. The water is sweet and cool, after washing your face you will feel refreshed and full of energy. From then on, the well was named Ham Long well.

7. Enjoying Hue specialties after visiting Bao Quoc Pagoda

After visiting and worshiping Bao Quoc Pagoda, you can return to the restaurant to rest and dine. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this land.

7.1 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 broth is carefully simmered 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.

7.2 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.

7.3 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.

7.4 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.

7.5 Hue Pressed Cake

The still hot cakes are placed on a small plastic plate. When eating, guests add laksa leaves, papaya, and cucumber, then roll it up and dip it in a bowl of sweet and sour fish sauce. The cake is rich in the taste of fat, crispy sour of soaked papaya, rich in meat, eggs and the aroma of green onions, perfect for a summer afternoon snack for Hue tourists.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Bao Quoc Pagoda

Bao Quoc Pagoda is located right in the center of Hue city. So don’t worry too much about where to stay for the night. Because Hue is a famous tourist center of the country, you can refer to some accommodations below.

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. Address: 49 Nguyen Hoang, An Dong, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Cherish Hotel Hue. Address: 59 Ben Nghe, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Thanh Uyen Hue Hotel. Address: 14 Ba Trieu, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Cherry Hotel Hue. Address: 5 kiet 28 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Rosaleen Boutique Hotel. Address: 36 Chu Van An, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Indochine Palace Hotel. Address: 105A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • TTC Imperial Hue Hotel. Address: 08 Hung Vuong, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Eldora Hotel. Address: 60 Ben Nghe, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
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9. Some important notes when traveling to Bao Quoc Pagoda

To make your visit to Bao Quoc Pagoda go as smoothly as possible, please save the experiences shared below:

  • Dress neatly and appropriately, do not wear short skirts or tank tops.
  • Always keep your mind pure, walk lightly, speak softly in the temple grounds.
  • Do not arbitrarily film or take photos in unauthorized areas.
  • There are no bad actions such as taking things arbitrarily, smoking, throwing trash, etc. within the temple grounds
  • In particular, do not arbitrarily burn incense and worship.

Bao Quoc Pagoda today is not only a sacred place of worship in Hue but also associated with many thrilling stories, attracting many tourists to visit and explore. If you are planning to come to Hue, don’t forget to visit Bao Quoc Pagoda.

Please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, to get a reasonable schedule and excellent services. We are honored to accompany you on your tour in Hue to explore Bao Quoc Pagoda with unforgettable memories.

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