Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery

Remote Dai Dinh, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam Published on: 21-04-2017

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A pilgrimage to Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery on the hill of Thach Ban in Tam Dao District, Vinh Phuc Province is recommended for those wishing to find inner peace.

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Why Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is special ?

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery, built on the ruins of an ancient pagoda named Thien An Thien Tu, and using remains of that ancient pagoda's floor, the monastery sits majestically on the apex of the mountain, where from below the red tips of its tile-covered roof can be seen peaking through the pine trees. Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery was officially inaugurated on November 27, 2005. It is very ornate, from carved pictures on the doors to embossed works on the wall, ceiling, and pillars, every detail was considered.


What to explore at Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery?

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is considered to be one of the most impressive and peaceful monasteries in Vietnam. The higher visitors climb up the sides of Tay Thien Mountain, the more the busy world of commerce below evaporates as the world of tranquility above pervades. The sense of peace is palpable as visitors reach the impressive three-door gate in front of the monastery. Paying a visit for Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery – Land of Vietnamese Buddhism, you will also have chance to experience life of Buddhists, daily life’s activities of monks and nuns: chanting, repentance, meditation, listen to Buddhism ... as well as enjoy wild and natural landscapes where monk generations choose to be training place.


How to get to Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery?

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is located in Dai Dinh Commune, Tam Dao District on Tay Thien Mountain, 85km west of Hanoi. Take a local bus from Me Linh Plaza to Vinh Yen (Vĩnh Yên). When you reach Vinh Yen, take another bus to to Tam Dao (bus route Vinh Yen - Tam Dao) and ask the driver take you off at Dai Dinh (Đại Đình). From there, you have to take a motorbike taxi (xe om) to Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery (2 - 3km).

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Dai Dinh, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam

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  • Cost of electric car: 20.000VNĐ, cable car 200.000VNĐ / adult, 140.000VND/ children round trip. One way cable car: 130.000VND / adult, 80.000VND/ children (Free for children under 1m).
  • The monastery has 40 rooms for monks, nuns and pilgrims to stay in for one to two weeks while visiting to study Buddhism.
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  • At the monastery can enjoy a special meal with the monks while learning about the dining rites of the Zen Buddhists. The monks have rituals of thanks and homage before and after the meal.
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  • If can choose to walk or travel by electric car and cable car to the place. If walking, you can go along the stream to the top of Tay Thien, the scenery is very beautiful. This way is suitable for those who are in good health, interested in exploring.

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