Thien Mu pagoda

Attraction Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam Published on: 04-03-2016

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08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Thien Mu pagoda, ranked 5 of 33 attractions in Hue, is a historical temple on Ha Khe hill that was founded in 1802 by the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

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Why Thien Mu pagoda is special ?

Thien Mu pagoda, ranked 5 of 33 attractions in Hue, is a historical temple on Ha Khe hill that was founded in 1802 by the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. The pagoda still remains majesty, purity and ancient beside Huong river.

The most attractive area of Thien Mu pagoda is Tu Nhan tower ( later to be renamed Phuoc Duyen tower). This is the tower built by Thieu Tri King in 1844.

After the tower, there is the main way that takes visitors to Thien Mu pagoda.

There are many legends about Thien Mu Pagoda (also known as Linh Mu Pagoda). Once upon a time, local residents saw an old lady in red appear every night on top of the hill. She foretold that: one day, the Lord would pass by and build something of great importance. From then on, the hill was named Thien Mu Son (Mountain of Lady from Heaven). When Lord Nguyen Hoang actually went pass the hill, he heard the legend and decided to build a pagoda and named it Thien Mu. Having gone through a lot of eventful phase, damages as well as renovations, today the pagoda still exists and remains the unofficial symbol of the ancient city Hue.

What to explore at Thien Mu pagoda?

Passing the 3-door gate are 12 huge wooden sculptures of fearsome temple guardians and then in the middle of the area is where Dai Hung Palace – the main sanctuary of Thien Mu Pagoda, is located. Here, Buddha is worshipped with impressive sculptures and a giant bell, measuring 2.5m in height and 2 tons in weight, created since early 18th century. Fragrant incense smoke fills the air there all day long, making the praying for blessings calm and peaceful.

A building near the rear of the complex houses a national relic: the car which carried the monk Thich Quang Duc to the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet streets in Saigon on June 11th 1963, where he burned himself to death in opposition to the anti-religion policy of Saigon’s regime at that time.

Coming to this prestigious sightseeing, visitors can enjoy both the scenery landscape and the typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas. Thanks to its high position upward a charming curve of Perfume River, the pagoda offers a mind-boggling view of both the flow and the surrounding areas. Covered with pine trees, bonsai and delicate manmade pond, this religious site brings about a peaceful feeling which is hard to find anywhere else.

How to get to Thien Mu pagoda?

You can come to Thien Mu pagoda by many ways, such as: motorbike, bike, car, taxi, boat.

If you are in Van Mieu, you can get the pagoda easily just by walking straight on Van Thanh street. It takes about 10 minutes.

If you are in Hue car rental center Vietnam, you will go straight on Nguyen Phuc Chu Street and turn left on Su Van Hanh street. Then you turn right on Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street to get there. It takes about 10 minutes by motorbike.

Selling points

  • Huge pagoda right at the edge of the Perfume River
  • Beautiful view of the river
  • Nice end to a day tour
  • Very worthwhile destination
  • The beauty of the area is enhanced by the beauty of the buildings
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Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam

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The Thien Mu Pagoda is located right at the edge of the Perfume River. Walk up the steep steps and the first thing you see is the multi-layered pagoda in the center aisle, which each of the layers having a different theme. Around the grounds are other temples, bells, script in marble, several old gates, a temple at the rear of the grounds and also the laughing Buddha. There are also restrooms on the grounds. This Pagoda is located right on the bend of the Perfume River and offers great views of the river and the mountains in the distance. At the bottom of the hill is the start point for boat tours up and down the Perfume River.

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At certain times of the day, the monks are praying in the middle building. It's a fascinating vibe.

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