Preserving and promoting the traditional cultural values of places. Especially the Tien Pagoda – Lang Son relic is receiving increasing attention. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism decided to list Fairy Pagoda – Fairy Well in Lang Son as a national relic in 1992 to preserve the culture and natural beauty of this site, Let’s explore the special features of this destination with Origin Vietnam.
1. Where is the Tien Pagoda?
Tien Pagoda Relics is also known as Song Tien Pagoda. The pagoda is located in the heart of Dai Tuong mountain, Hoang Hoa Tham street, Chi Lang ward, Lang Son city. Location is about 500m from Ky Cung bridge and about 160 km northeast of Hanoi capital. This is a place containing many rich and special cultural and religious values. With folk tales and ancient statues imbued with national culture.
2. How is the Tien Pagoda unique?
Tien Pagoda belongs to the Northern Sect (Mahayana). The pagoda worships Fairies, Holy Mothers and national heroes. With the desire to express gratitude to the fairies, saints and heroes. Hoping for protection so that people’s lives will always be peaceful.
Currently, the Tien Lang Son Pagoda relic still retains many ancient artifacts of high artistic value. These are dharma statues, parallel sentences and stone stele. Ancient people used 13 steles carved on the cliffs of mandarins from many dynasties. The most special is the stele engraved with the poem “Tran Doanh eight scenes” by Ngo Thi Si. The poem praises the beauty of 8 Lang Son places, including Tien Pagoda.
3. Legend associated with the birth of the Lang Son – Tien Pagoda
According to historical records in “Dai Nam Nhat Thong Chi”, Tien Pagoda was a pagoda established with the name Song Tien Tu. The pagoda is located on the slopes of Deo Giang mountain. But because it was damaged and degraded, it was moved to Song Tien cave about 200m away. The pagoda was established during the reign of Le Hong Duc. This place contains many folk beliefs worshiping national heroes, fairies and Mother Goddesses.
Besides the above historical records, according to the people here, the birth of the Tien Pagoda relic is also associated with an extremely interesting legend. The story goes that there was a Fairy living on the mountain who often had the buffalo herding children in the village give him a small portion of rice. He stomped down the rocky mountain and turned this place into Fairy Well. Bestowing clear water to the villagers of Phai Luong. Help villagers during days of lack of rain and drought. This is a folk tale kept by villagers until now.
4. How to get to Tien Pagoda – Lang Son
Tien Pagoda is located in Lang Son city in the Northeast region of Vietnam, about 160 km from the capital Hanoi and connected by the Hanoi – Lang Son highway so travel is quite convenient. Therefore, you can easily move to Lang Son by the following 3 means:
4.1 Means of transportation from Hanoi to Lang Son
You go to My Dinh, Gia Lam or Giap Bat bus station to catch a bus to Lang Son city. Travel time is about 2 – 2.5 hours.
You can choose to go to Lang Son from Hanoi on train number DD5, a distance of 150 km by rail with a duration of about 4 hours. You can choose to buy tickets depending on the type of seat and carriage.
By private vehicles
If traveling by motorbike, you will follow the route from Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Bac Giang – Lang Son or follow Highway 5 and then go to Road 1A. If you go by car, you can get to Lang Son quite easily via the Hanoi – Lang Son highway.
4.2 Means of transportation in Lang Son city
Taxis are always a popular means of transportation for tourists in Lang Son. You can easily catch a taxi everywhere, especially at tourist locations.
By renting Motorcycles
This means of transport is suitable for those who want to be proactive with their time, save costs and be able to enjoy the beauty of Lang Son to the fullest. You can ask the staff at your accommodation for places to rent motorbikes at the most reasonable prices.
5. Exploring the natural beauty and traditional culture at the Tien Pagoda – Lang Son
Tien Pagoda – Lang Son Relics is a cultural and historical tourist destination that attracts tourists from all over. The pagoda has a very unique architecture deep in the rock cave. Tien Cave is not located close to the foot of Dai Tuong mountain like other pagodas of Lang Son. Want to go into the cave to visit the temple. You have to pass more than 65 winding stone steps. The stone steps are built with railings and are not slippery at all, quite easy to walk on. Helps tourists easily move to visit the temple.
Tien Lang Son Pagoda relics include extremely majestic and beautiful stone caves with vividly shaped stalactites. You can easily imagine the images of fairies, lion heads, bats… quite unique and interesting. It can be said that this is an extremely unique cave space. Both sacred and mysterious, yet wild and beautiful.
6. Lang Son specialties when visiting Tien Pagoda relics
When visiting the Tien Pagoda relic, in addition to admiring the magnificent natural beauty and worshiping spiritual places, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of Lang Son.
6.1. Khau Nhuc
Khau nhuc, a specialty of Lang Son, involves marinating pork belly with various delicious spices. While originating from China, this dish has undergone modifications to suit the taste preferences of the Vietnamese people. You can use it with dishes like rice, sticky rice or bread.
6.2. Sour Pho
With a rather sophisticated processing style, Lang Son sour Pho retains a unique and attractive flavor without being mixed with any other type of pho. This Lang Son specialty is a combination of soft, chewy pho noodles and delicious, flavorful broth. Sour pho is served with sweet potatoes, pork liver, stomach, pork belly, char siu, chao powder, sausage, roasted peanuts,…
6.3. Roasted duck with mac mat leaves
Visiting Lang Son and skipping the famous roasted duck with mac mol leaves is a big mistake. Roasted duck with mac mat leaves has a unique flavor from the leaves grown in abundance in this land. A quality roasted duck dish with mac mat leaves will have skin that is well-spiced with the famous recipe, fragrant meat and a characteristic scent of mac mat leaves. This dish will taste better when eaten with soy sauce. You can eat roasted duck with bread, rice or plain.
6.4. Lang Son Wormwood Cake
A delicious, sweet-flavored cake is produced from a type of leaf known as wormwood. The process involves soaking young wormwood leaves in ash water, washing them to remove fibers, and crushing them to extract sugar for baking wormwood cakes. The sticky rice, once cooked, is then crushed with wormwood leaves to produce a smooth powder used in making the cakes.
6.5. Banh Chao
It’s an attractive delicacy with a filling filled with duck meat and an attractive crispy crust. Banh Chao will be best when eaten with papaya dipping sauce mixed with marinated vinegar to create a unique flavor.
7. Accommodation when traveling to Tien Pagoda relic – Lang Son
Because this destination is located right in Lang Son city, you don’t have to worry too much about where to stay during your trip. Accommodation facilities are extremely diverse in types and budgets to meet the diverse needs of tourists.
You can refer to some accommodation facilities below:
- Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Lang Son. Address: No. 2 Tran Hung Dao, Chi Lang Ward, Lang Son City, Lang Son Province.
- Muong Thanh Luxury Lang Son Hotel. Address: 68 Ngo Quyen, Vinh Trai, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Song Long Lang Son Hotel. Address: 122 Ly Thuong Kiet, Phu Loc 4, Lang Son, Vietnam.
- SOJO Lang Son Hotel. Address: No. 297 Phai Ve, Mai Pha, City. Lang Son, Lang Son Province.
- Vi’s Boutique Hotel. Address: 185 Tran Dang Ninh, Hoang Van Thu, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Vinpearl Hotel Lang Son. Address: Tran Hung Dao, Chi Lang, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Thu Hien Guesthouse. Address: 3 Tran Quoc Toan, Hoang Van Thu Ward, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Binh An Guesthouse. Address: 60 Mac Dinh Chi, Hoang Van Thu, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Loi Loc Guest House. Address: 8 Tran Quoc Toan, Vinh Trai, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Binh Nguyen Guest House. Address: Bac Son, Hoang Van Thu, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Guest house of Lang Son Provincial Party Committee. Address: Hung Vuong Street, Chi Lang, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
- Then and Now Homestay. Address: 608B D.Mrs. Trieu, Dong Kinh, Lang Son City, Lang Son.
The authorities consistently care for and enhance Tien Pagoda in Lang Son to preserve its magnificent natural landscape and national cultural features. Contribute to preserving and preserving quintessential national values for future generations. In order to forever continue the national spirit and bold culture of the Vietnamese people.
If you are planning your tour Vietnam to the Tien Pagoda relic – Lang Son, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam team – a professional Lang Son tour operator. A team of experienced, dedicated, and deeply knowledgeable consultants, tour operators, and local guides is associated with this land. We will take you on a journey to explore the relics of Tien Pagoda – Lang Son with many interesting experiences.