Hoang Phuc Pagoda
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Hoang Phuc Pagoda

Hoang Phuc Pagoda is a famous spiritual tourist destination with an age of up to 700 years. Having gone through many historical ups and downs with the country from war to peacetime, Hoang Phuc Pagoda still stands tall and retains its ancient beauty. Let’s visit this majestic and sacred temple with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Hoang Phuc Pagoda?

The pagoda is located in My Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 45 km southeast of Dong Hoi city and about 542 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Hoang Phuc Pagoda unique?

Hoang Phuc Pagoda was formerly famous as Tram Pagoda or Kinh Thien Pagoda. Hoang Phuc Pagoda is located on highland, nearly 10,000 square meters wide, on the right bank of the Kien Giang River. This temple has a history of more than 715 years, witnessing many historical ups and downs.

3. History of Hoang Phuc Pagoda

According to archival documents about Hoang Phuc Pagoda:

  • In 1301, Buddha Emperor Tran Nhan Tong visited Hoang Phuc Pagoda to pray for blessings for the people.
  • Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu changed the pagoda’s name from Am Tri Kien to Kinh Thien in 1716.
  • In 1821, King Minh Mang visited the pagoda and changed its name to Hoang Phuc until today.

During the two resistance wars against the French and Americans, the pagoda suffered heavy damage from bombs and bullets. Although it has been repaired many times, the temple cannot be completely restored to its original state.

On November 30, 2014, Le Thuy District People’s Committee officially began to restore and repair the entire campus of Hoang Pagoda. During the renovation process, Hoang Phuc Pagoda still retains the design of the ancient pagoda style of the Tran Dynasty, the campus includes: three external gates, three internal gates, Buddha tower and three jewels of the pagoda.

On January 16, 2016, the restoration process of Hoang Phuc Pagoda completed, and people held an opening ceremony to welcome Buddhists from near and far. The pagoda was also given a precious relic by the Myanmar Buddhist Sangha, along with receiving a certificate of Vietnam National Monument from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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4. When is the best time to visit Hoang Phuc Pagoda?

When visiting the pagoda, visitors should go in the first lunar month for the best time. Because at this time, the air in Quang Binh is very cool and pleasant. More specifically, when traveling at this time, you will have the opportunity to participate in Hoang Phuc Pagoda festival and other festivals in Quang Binh.

5. How to get to Hoang Phuc Pagoda from Dong Hoi city?

Starting from the center of Quang Binh city, you can follow National Highway 1A to the South and then turn onto DT16 road to Kien Giang town, move a little further and you will reach Hoang Phuc Pagoda. You can choose to travel by motorbike or car because the roads are very easy to navigate.

6. Activities and experiences at Hoang Phuc Pagoda

6.1 Admiring the ancient architecture at Hoang Phuc Pagoda

Although it has undergone many renovations, Hoang Phuc Pagoda still retains ancient artifacts from the Tran Dynasty such as: the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara; The bronze bell weighs 80kg, is 1.1m high, and has a diameter of 0.5m, cast during the reign of King Minh Mang; Stratum bodhisattva; incense burner, lotus flower, flower vase,…

In addition, the pagoda still retains the famous horizontal panel given by Lord Nguyen with the words “unparalleled blessed land” meaning a unique sacred land. In 2016, Hoang Phuc Pagoda was awarded by the Myanmar Buddhist Sangha a bone relic of Buddha Shakyamuni taken from Shwedagon Pagoda – the largest and most sacred pagoda in Myanmar.

6.2 Participating in a variety of festival activities at Hoang Phuc Pagoda

In the first lunar month of every year, the Hoang Phuc Pagoda festival is held on a large scale, attracting many tourists and people to participate. This is considered an activity to preserve the cultural and spiritual values ​​of the local people, arousing good national traditions such as solidarity, patriotism, sharing,…

The festival includes two main parts: ceremony and festival. The ceremony will include activities such as water procession, opening ceremony, performing Buddhist rituals and releasing flower lanterns. The festival is more bustling and exciting when it includes entertainment programs, culinary enjoyment, and competitions in folk sports such as tug of war, Chinese chess, stick pushing, martial arts competitions, and traditional swinging. system, bai choi,…

6.3 Learning about Buddhism in Vietnam

Buddhism is the most popular religion in Vietnam. Among them, Hoang Phuc Pagoda is sought by many people because they want the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ancient temple grounds, aiming for kindness and good things that Buddhists always need to keep in mind.

When you come to Hoang Phuc Pagoda, you can offer incense, pay respects, and ask permission to stay in the temple and join the monks, nuns, and monks to get away from the world, to find relaxation and peace in your soul. .

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7. Enjoying Quang Binh specialties when traveling to Hoang Phuc Pagoda

After visiting the scenery of the temple grounds, worship and experience at the temple. You can return to Dong Hoi city to rest and enjoy the specialties here.

7.1 Eel Porridge

This is a memorable country dish for tourists when traveling to Quang Binh. People stir-fried the fresh eel pieces with meat before to absorb the spices, spicy and tingling, fragrant with pepper, making the porridge more flavorful. A bowl of hot, fragrant eel porridge, each piece of eel is juicy and flavorful with chopped coriander and onions.

7.2 Oyster Porridge

After cleaning, people stir-fried the fresh oysters to absorb spices, fragrant with onions and slightly spicy with pepper and chili. Wherever the customer calls, the shop owner puts the oysters into pre-cooked rice porridge, heats it up, and adds herbs and chopped green onions. Thus, oyster porridge is greasy, delicious and full of nutrition.

7.3 Snakehead Fish Porridge

This is a rustic dish, people made it from brown rice flour and snakehead fish. It’s called porridge, but the form of this dish resembles Banh Canh. They well- soaked the red rice, ground into flour, and then kneaded until smooth. Then, they rolled it into small fibers and boiled. When enjoying, people placed the cake dough in a bowl first, then pouring broth into. Place the snakehead fish on top with a little cilantro and pepper and add broth. The broth has a special sweet taste, the noodles are chewy and crispy and very delicious.

7.4 Fresh Seafood

Traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

7.5 Porridge Soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. A bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh .

8. Accommodation when visiting Hoang Phuc Pagoda

When traveling to visit Hoang Phuc Pagoda, you can refer to some accommodations below:

8.1 Homestays:

  • Ocean View Homestay. Address: Truong Phap Street, Quang Phu Village, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Dolphin Homestay. Address: 42 Nguyen Du, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • RiverView HomeStay. Address: 93 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • ADP Homestay. Address: 42 Le Quy Don, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8.3 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
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9. Some important notes when traveling to Hoang Phuc Pagoda

To ensure the sacred space here, you need to refer to the following necessary notes:

  • During the visit, you need to be careful to choose polite, elegant clothing, absolutely do not choose too revealing items such as short skirts or tank tops.
  • When entering the temple grounds, you should walk lightly, speak softly, and not play loudly.
  • In particular, you must not throw trash indiscriminately, or cut off trees or branches, affecting the landscape and atmosphere of the sacred place.

Hoang Phuc Pagoda is truly an extremely attractive destination that you should not miss when traveling to Quang Binh. Coming here, you can not only admire ancient artifacts but also hear heroic historical stories of the nation, and pray for health and happiness for relatives and friends.

Please contact us immediately, Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, to get useful information about the destination. We are also honored to accompany you on your private tour Quang Binh to discover the travel beauty of Hoang Phuc pagoda with the most wonderful experiences.

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