Lang Son is the first land of Vietnam from the North, a place associated with many historical relics, temples, along with charming and poetic natural scenery. Becoming one of the favorite places for domestic and foreign tourists.
Tam Thanh Pagoda, Lang Son is one of Lang Son tourist destinations known as “the first eight scenes of Lang Son”, this place is always a spiritual address that welcomes many domestic and foreign tourists to visit. If you have the opportunity to travel to Lang Son, let’s see what attractions this tourist destination has that cannot be missed.
This pagoda possesses a unique location as it is located in Tam Thanh cave with an extremely cool space. Here, the mountains create a dangerous position, the temple becomes more majestic and tinged with unique spirituality. Coming to Tam Thanh Pagoda, visitors will feel like they have traveled back in time to the past, discovering the beauty and cultural – historical imprints preserved here.
1. Where is Tam Thanh Pagoda?
Tam Thanh Pagoda, also known as Thanh Thien Pagoda, has a unique location in a stone cave of Tam Thanh Cave in the Nhi Thanh – Tam Thanh Cave – To Thi Mountain – Mac Dynasty Citadel. The pagoda dating back to the Le Dynasty is a historical relic located in Tam Thanh ward, Lang Son city, Lang Son and about 160km from the center of Hanoi capital, towards the Northeast.
2. How is Tam Thanh Pagoda unique?
This place attracts many tourists because of its ancient and quiet beauty. Inside the pagoda stands three large caves: Nhat Thanh, Nhi Thanh and Tam Thanh. Tourists coming here are also impressed with AmTi Lake where there is clear blue water and many natural stalactites in many shapes created over thousands of years.
In addition to possessing the beauty bestowed by nature, Tam Thanh Pagoda is also known for its many cultural values. This place preserves a system of stone stele dating back to 1677, recounting the historical processes of ancient times.
Tam Thanh Pagoda originally worshiped the religion of Tam Thanh (including Ngoc Thanh, Thuong Thanh and Thai Thanh). However, due to the strong influence of Buddhism, Buddhist worship elements gradually appeared at the temple. This place worships statues of Sakyamuni and Buddhas. During the Three Religions period, the pagoda also worships Lao Tzu and Confucius.
Every year, tourists from all over come to pray for a year of prosperity, prosperity, and peace. For those who love exploring and taking photos, this is also an impressive destination, with beautiful natural scenery.
3. When is the best time to visit Tam Thanh Pagoda?
According to experienced people, visitors can visit Tam Thanh Pagoda at any time of the year. Because it is located at a high altitude, the weather at the temple is always cool and pleasant throughout the year. Each season here brings a special, attractive beauty that captivates all visitors.
In particular, in the first days of the year, specifically January 15 and 16 every year, many special festivals take place here. It should attract many visitors from far away to offer incense and pray for a prosperous new year.
Summer is the time to attract a large number of tourists. Because Tam Thanh is always considered a place to avoid the heat and relax during the city’s hot summer. In the first days of the year, Tam Thanh Pagoda is a place where festivals are held. And where many Buddhists from far away visit and pray at the beginning of the year.
Winter brings cold and harshness to the North. Coming to Lang Son at this time, you have the opportunity to witness the white snowfall covering Mau Son peak.
4. How to get to Tam Thanh Pagoda?
Thanks to the convenient road network, now the journey to Tam Thanh pagoda and exploring Lang Son province has become much simpler than in ancient times. Visitors can choose means of transportation such as cars, motorbikes, buses… but always comply with traffic safety rules.
Accordingly, people will depart from the center of Hanoi capital, cross Chuong Duong bridge and go straight on Co Linh street. Following National Highway 1A, you will go through Bac Ninh province to Bac Giang province, following the Bac Giang – Lang Son highway. When arriving in Lang Son city, just cross Ky Cung bridge, continue about 1km to reach Tam Thanh pagoda.
4.1 Traveling by motorcycles and cars
You will have interesting experiences when traveling by personal vehicle. You will be proactive and have the opportunity to explore beautiful roads. Also can stop anywhere to take photos of breathtaking roads. on the journey to conquer Lang Son.
4.2 Traveling by passenger cars
From bus stations in cities such as My Dinh and Giap Bat, visitors can catch buses with reputable companies to go to Lang Son.
4.3. Traveling by plane
For tourists in remote areas of the South or Central region who want to once conquer the beauty of Lang. The advice is to choose a plane as a means of transportation, to have a quick and convenient trip.
4.4. Moving to Tam Thanh Pagoda from Lang Son city
From Lang Son city center, you can take a motorbike taxi or taxi for about 1.7km to reach Tam Thanh Pagoda. You can also rent a motorbike in Lang Son to be more proactive in your trip and combine visiting other tourist attractions in Lang Son.
From the city center, you go through Le Loi street/DT235C, or you can follow Phan Dinh Phung street then turn to Yet Kieu street to reach Tam Thanh pagoda.
5. Exploring Tam Thanh Pagoda
Tam Thanh Pagoda, with its back leaning against the mountainside, creates a majestic landscape like the shape of a herd of elephants. Built according to a unique traditional design, it further enhances the sacredness in the charming natural setting.
5.1. The pristine beauty of the temple
Coming to Tam Thanh, you will first see the unique landscape, the pagoda is located in the complex of three caves: Nhat Thanh, Nhi Thanh, Tam Thanh. Surrounded by steep cliffs and cloudy skies all year round, creating a magical beauty and adding spirituality to the temple.
To enter the temple cave, you have to pass 30 stone steps. It’s built by ancient people to lead deep into the cave. Going through each section, the surrounding landscape has the wild beauty of rows of trees, interspersed with stone blocks dating back thousands of years.
Through Tam Quan gate, you will step inside the cave, feeling a spiritual, mysterious and magical space. With many Buddhist shrines, on the cave wall there is also a poem by Ngo Thi Si describing the beauty of Tam Thanh pagoda amidst the wild, majestic, and indomitable mountains and forests.
The white Amitabha Buddha statue is gentle, pure and dignified. The statue was carved directly into the cliff as it stood in the form of a magical painting. The Buddha statue has an architectural style and partly represents the Buddhist ideology of our country under the Le – Mac dynasties. The statue is 202 cm high, 65cm wide in ao dai position, feet in the middle, hands facing the ground.
5.2. Participating in festivals at the temple
If you come to Lang in early spring, don’t forget to attend the Tam Thanh Pagoda Festival held on January 15 every year. It’s attracting a large number of tourists from all over. The highland ethnic minority community will recreate many cultural practices and beliefs in the fullest and most complete way during the festival. You will have the opportunity to participate in folk games and learn about the culture of the people here.
Tam Thanh Temple Festival in Lang Son is a famous traditional festival in the province, every year attracting a large number of tourists from all over to visit and travel, discovering the beauty of the festival here. The festival takes place in the form of a procession of famous person Ngo Thi Si from Tam Giao Pagoda (Dong So) to Tam Thanh Pagoda (Tam Thanh Cave). The procession will be transported through the main roads of Lang Son city such as Tam Thanh and To Thi. The people here will prepare solemn offerings to welcome and honor the passing procession.
The card procession ceremony at Tam Thanh Pagoda, Lang Son. It is also one of the important spiritual cultural features of Lang Son people. With vibrant drum beats combined with graceful lion dances, it creates an extremely vibrant and joyful festive atmosphere on Tet, attracting people. Especially tourists from all over to visit and offer incense. Wishing you good luck at the beginning of the year.
6. Specialties in Tam Thanh Pagoda
Coming to Lang, in addition to exploring and enjoying the pure space at Tam Thanh Pagoda. What makes visitors most excited is to enjoy the famous and delicious Lang Son region’s specialties, imbued with the flavors of the Northeast mountains and forests such as:
- Black sticky rice
- Stitching humiliation
- Pumpkin cake
- Black sticky rice cake
- Rock snails
7. Accommodation when traveling to Tam Thanh Pagoda
Currently, Lang Son tourism is also quite developed, so you can easily find an ideal place to stay. Visitors can choose to stay at homestays, motels or hotels in Lang Son city for convenient transportation to other tourist destinations.
Below are a few hotels in Lang Son near Tam Thanh Pagoda that are rated by many tourists:
- Four Points by Sheraton Lang Son: 2 Tran Hung Dao, Chi Lang Ward, Lang Son.
- Muong Thanh Luxury Lang Son Hotel: 68 Ngo Quyen, Vinh Trai Ward, Lang Son.
- SOJO Hotel Lang Son: 297 Phai Ve, Xa Mai Pha, Mai Pha Commune, Lang Son.
- Happy Homestay: 37 Tran Phu, Hoang Van Thu Ward, Lang Son.
- Vi’s Boutique Hotel: 185 Tran Dang Ninh str, Tam Thanh Ward, Hoang Van Thu Ward, Lang Son.
8. Some important notes before travelling to Tam Thanh Pagoda
- Plan your trip to Lang Son as well as visit Tam Thanh Pagoda early. Take advantage of booking air tickets and hotels to enjoy the best prices.
- You can choose to enjoy delicious Lang Son specialties near the temple or at the nearby Tam Thanh restaurant.
- The temple is a sacred place, so you should maintain politeness and civility, avoid talking too loudly or laughing.
- Be conscious of protecting the environment and relics in the temple.
It’s worth a visit Tam Thanh
Traveling to Tam Thanh Pagoda, discovering the poetic beauty in the majestic space of the Buddhist place will bring travelers a relaxing experience. If you are too tired from work one day and want to temporarily leave the bustling city. Book a tour to Tam Thanh to enjoy peace and tranquility.
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