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Thien Lam Pagoda

Thien Lam Pagoda is a famous pagoda in Hue with unique architecture similar to the Golden Pagoda land of Thailand. With its prime location and beautiful scenery, this place is increasingly attractive many tourists. Let’s explore this unique temple with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Thien Lam Pagoda?

Thien Lam Pagoda is located on Quang Te Hill, on Le Ngo Cat Street, Thuy Xuan Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam. About 5 km southwest of Hue city center and about 95 km northwest of Da Nang city.

2. How is Thien Lam Pagoda unique?

In addition to the name Thien Lam Pagoda, many tourists also call this place by beautiful names. Such as: “Thailand in Hue”, “Golden Pagoda Land in the heart of the ancient capital”,…In order to describe the unique architecture. uniqueness of this temple.

3. History of formation of Thien Lam Pagoda

Up to now, Thien Lam Pagoda has a history of nearly 60 years, a temple of the Theravada sect founded by Venerable Ho Nhan. This pagoda is also famous as Standing Buddha Pagoda – Reclining Buddha Pagoda.

According to people, Thien Lam used to be just an empty piece of land in the middle of a deserted forest. Even so, Venerable Ho Nhan still decided to choose this place as a place to practice meditation and achieved the practice of solitary meditation and the practice of eight datu-da.

In 1966, Thien Lam Pagoda was built for people and Buddhists everywhere to make offerings and pray for blessings. In 2014, the temple was overhauled to become more spacious and beautiful, becoming a famous destination to visit, explore and check in for tourists across the country.

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4. How to get to Thien Lam Pagoda?

4.1 Moving To Hue

4.1.1. 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. 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.

4.1.2 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,…

4.1.3 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. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioning sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

4.2 Traveling to Thien Lam Pagoda from Hue city

Thien Lam Pagoda is only about 5 km from Hue city center. To get here, first you go to Hung Vuong Street, then turn to Nguyen Hue Street, follow this road to the end and then turn left to Dien Bien Phu Street. Finally, turn to Thanh Hai street and go straight until you see the large Standing Buddha statue right at the temple gate.

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5. Exploring the beauty of Thien Lam Pagoda

Thien Lam Pagoda is one of the most beautiful and sacred pagodas in Hue. Tourists from all over are also increasingly attracted to this temple with unique beauty. Let’s explore what’s so interesting about Thien Lam Pagoda that makes it so famous!

5.1 Entrance to Thien Lam Pagoda

The first impressive point when arriving at the temple are 2 Buddha statues with 2 positions: Standing – Lying prominently on the top of Quang Te hill. Standing Buddha statues with majestic appearance, Reclining Buddha statues with elegant posture makes visitors seem to forget all daily fatigue and worries.

Next is the entrance to the temple grounds with levels painted yellow. This is an ideal background that attracts many young people. It helps you take authentic Thai photos without needing to book a plane ticket to Thailand.

On the left side of the campus is a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha meditating under the protection of the Snake King and the World-Honored One. On the right side is the beautiful Ngu Uyen garden with Queen Ma Gia and her maids. Besides, the scene of Tang Monk and his disciples going to request sutras is also vividly recreated in the garden of Thien Lam Pagoda.

5.2 The courtyard of Thien Lam Pagoda Hue

Entering the temple courtyard, you will see many statues representing the history of Shakyamuni Buddha. However, the highlight of this area is the 1.6 meter tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue meditating on a 2 meter throne.

On the left is the statue of Venerable Ho Nhan made of wax exactly like the real thing through the talent and ingenuity of artisans. Besides, the pagoda also stands out with a very large bell, weighing up to 700 kg.

5.3 Unique and different architecture of Thien Lam Pagoda in Hue

If the pagodas in Hue today are all built in the Northern Buddhism style, Thien Lam Pagoda is designed in a completely unique Theravada style.

In general, Thien Lam Pagoda looks like temples in Thailand with spiral-shaped towers and gilded with gold. The entire temple architecture resembles the land of Golden Temples that we often see in movies.

Every detail, even the smallest, is carved with surprising sophistication. The path leading to the pagoda is also decorated entirely in yellow, the stairs going up are divided into many levels and have seats for visitors to rest or admire the scenery. On both sides of the road are tall green gardens of ancient trees.

5.4 Burmese stupa

The deeper you go inside Thien Lam Pagoda, the more statues you will see and especially the beautiful Burmese stupa. The stupa is 15m high, modeled after Myanmar’s Sirimagala pagoda. The bottom has a circular layout, the top is a bell shape with a pointed top. Around the stupa there are 4 lion statues looking towards the 4 directions East – West – South – North.

The Burmese stupa is divisive into 2 parts. Below is the main hall with a quiet, solemn space and paintings of the Buddha’s life from the time he became a monk until he entered nirvana. Behind the main hall is the living room and meditation room. Above the stupa are worshiping the relics of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Holy Monks.

5.5 The statues are exquisitely carved

Upon arriving at the top of Quang Te hill, the first thing that impresses visitors is two huge, majestic Buddha statues, one standing and one lying down, extremely majestic. Following the path leading to the pagoda, climbing up the stairs, you are welcome by a statue of Buddha, the World-Honored One, holding an alms bowl with a gentle and solemn expression.

The deeper you explore inside the pagoda, the more you will be overwhelmed by the large, majestic, towering statues that are exquisitely carved, such as the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha meditating under the protection of the Snake King, the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha meditating under the protection of the Snake King. Meditating on the throne, the wax statue of Venerable Ho Nhan looks like a real person…

6. Enjoying the cuisine of the ancient capital of Hue when visiting Thien Lam Pagoda

When coming to Thien Lam Pagoda in particular and the ancient capital in general, enjoying the specialties is something you cannot miss. Take a look at famous dishes that can only be enjoyed in Hue.

6.1 Hue beef noodle soup:

Unlike many places, Hue beef noodle soup has small vermicelli noodles and a sweet simmered broth that blends with the rich taste of Central Vietnamese people. All create a flavor that can only be enjoyed in Hue so you can feel the uniqueness of this famous dish.

6.2 Sour shrimp paste:

The dish seems simple, but once you taste it, diners will be passionate about it. The taste of fresh and juicy shrimp with spicy, sour, salty and sweet spices. All mixed together create a dish that is extremely stimulating for users.

6.3 Hue sweet soup:

Hue is famous as the capital of all kinds of tea. Coming here, it is not difficult to come across alley shops or simple rustic shops, but the flavor makes visitors happy. Especially, don’t forget to enjoy roasted pork sweet soup, a unique flavor with the combination of salty roasted pork and the sweetness of rock sugar and the layer of filter powder wrapped on the outside.

In addition, Hue is also famous for cakes such as Nam cake, tapioca cake, sesame truffle…Everyone can enjoy and make gifts for family and friends.

7. Accommodation when visiting Thien Lam Pagoda

Because Hue is one of the tourist centers of Vietnam, you don’t have to worry too much about where to stay when traveling here. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

  • Mondial Hue hotel. Address: 17 Nguyen Hue, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Hue Serene Palace hotel. Address: 21 Kiet 42 Nguyen Cong Tru, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Melia Vinpearl Hue hotel. Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Indochine Palace Hue 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.
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8. Some other famous tourist attractions near Thien Lam Pagoda

Hue is famous as a spiritual land, with many destinations for tourists. Some attractions that visitors can plan a combined itinerary include:

  • Thien Mu Pagoda: Known as “The First Ancient Pagoda” with its unique Vietnamese architectural style. In addition, the scenery here is also a tourist attraction because it sits next to the Perfume River with beautiful scenery. captivate people’s hearts.
  • Phu Cam Church: Phu Cam Church has a unique Western architecture and is a famous miniature Europe-like check-in location in the ancient capital.
  • Tu Hieu Pagoda: This is also an ancient pagoda with a long history in Hue city. Charming mountainous space with cool green trees, is a destination that many people choose to visit when coming to the dreamy land of Hue.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Thien Lam Pagoda

When choosing Thien Lam Pagoda as a tourist destination in your travel itinerary, you need to note the following points:

  • Because it is a spiritual tourist destination, before visiting Thien Lam Pagoda, you should choose polite, discreet clothing suitable for a solemn place.
  • This is also a place for monks to practice, so monks should come visit everyone or maintain order so as not to affect the monks’ practice.
  • Do not destroy the temple’s landscape such as trees, flowers, Buddha statues,…
  • Maintaining general hygiene to keep the temple’s landscape always green, clean and beautiful for visitors.
  • Thien Lam Pagoda has a unique design and equally vivid scenery. So when going to the pagoda, don’t forget to prepare appropriate clothing. To be able to preserve your own beautiful moments in the Thai landscape in the capital
  • In addition, you can also chat with the monks if they have free time. Or you can also listen to monks preach on temple occasions.
  • One last point that you need to keep in mind is that the temple also has a guest house. So visitors can rest at the temple.

Visiting Thien Lam Pagoda to admire the unique beauty in the nostalgic ancient capital will definitely bring you interesting experiences. Don’t forget to contact Origin Vietnam for updated, useful information about the destination. We are pleased to accompany you on your Hue tour to explore the travel beauty of Thien Lam pagoda with interesting activities and memorable experiences.

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