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Why Tu Hieu Pagoda is special ?
Tu Hieu is located among the immense pine forest belongs to the range of Duong Xuan mountain, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue city. The pagoda was established in 1842, tentatively, it had the name 'An Duong'. In 1843, Nhat Dinh found this place and built it to become big pagoda.
In front of the pagoda, there worship Buddhism, behind the pagoda worship ancient. The entrance was built with dome and had the two colossal statues guarding the main gate of a pagoda. Besides, there has lotus lake. Two sides have stone stele to record the process of building this pagoda. In 1984, superior Buddhist monk, Cuong Ky continued repairing an designing whole pagoda with the help of Thanh Thai King and a numerous Buddhist. In 1931, superior Buddhist monk, Hue Minh continued renewing and building semi-circle lake. In 1962, superior Buddhist monk, Chon Thiet continued repairing it again. This is one of the most ancient pagodas in Hue. From building to renewing pagoda, it means preserve moral principles for descendants, especially, Tu Hieu pagoda is the place that people can throw away all difficult things in the life. Therefore, Tu Hieu pagoda and the meaning of two words “Tu Hieu” which Tu Duc named, it not only worshiped Buddhism but also is the famous landscape o Than Kinh area. This place makes we consider about our parent.
What to explore at Tu Hieu Pagoda?
The main sanctuary is devoted to the worship of Buddha. Behind there is a room honoring former monks of the pagoda. Across a courtyard, the Quang Hieu Duong Hall houses an altar dedicated to local Buddhist devotees on the right, another to the deity Quan Cong in the center, and a third to the eunuchs on the left. A separate altar in this hall honors Le Van Duyet, an outstanding mandarin during the reign of Emperor Gia Long. On the left side of the courtyard are the living quarters of the monks (Ta Lac Thien) and to Tu Hieu right is the guest-house (Huu Ai Nhat).
The entrance gate to the pagoda is a curved two storey structure. On the second storey, a statue of the guardian spirit Ho Phap protects the pagoda. Inside the gate is a crescent-lotus pond. On both sides of the courtyard are steel houses engraved with the history of the pagoda.
How to get to Tu Hieu Pagoda?
The best way to vsit the temple is by car, motorbike or "xe om". It takes 36 mins driving from Phu Bai International Airport and 12 mins from Hue Railway Station.
- Oasis of calm on a hot day
- A beautiful spot
- Quite, peace, beautiful pagoda
- Good place to escape from city
- Great place to relax at the weekend
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Tips for you
located in deep garden,quiet & retro style,nice scene-from Hue centre to this site abt 4-5km
Just walking around the lakes is pleasurable and calming. Very few people about save a few ladies selling fans or incense sticks at the entrance. As the pagoda is still home to some monks you will see evidence of their worship around you and in the halls. You need less than an hour to enjoy it fully.