For decades, Vietnam has always been a tremendous cultural convergence point in South East Asia. Indeed. The rich culture of Vietnam is one of the most outstanding characteristics of this S-shaped country.
Everyone who once came to Vietnam, can’t help but gape at the sacred spiritual values here. They are everywhere hidden in every nook and corner of Vietnam making this country one of the most massive cradles of cultures.
So, today, we will help you find out the top 10 most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Let’s begin!
Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh
Bai Dinh Pagoda is one of the most popular complexes in Vietnam. It has held a lot of records such as the largest pagoda in Vietnam, the pagoda with the biggest Buddhist Statue in Vietnam and the most Arihant statues in Vietnam, and so many more.
Bai Dinh Pagoda belongs to the Old Capital Hoa Lu Vestige (located in Gia Sinh Commune, Gia Vien District, Ninh Bình). In 2010, this pagoda was proudly chosen to be the place held the Welcome Indian Buddhists to Vietnam Ceremony.
Con Son Pagoda, Hai Duong
Located in Chi Ngai Commune, Chi Linh District, Hai Duong, Con Son Pagoda is known as a sacred destination surrounded by mountains, temples, and pine forests.
This was also the mediating place of many famous Vietnamese historical figures. Established in the Tran Dynasty and reconstructed in Le Dynasty, Con Son Pagoda is a large Buddhist center in Vietnam.
In 1962, this pagoda was recognized as the National Vestige and in 1994 – the Special National Vestige by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. This is an essential part of the architectural complex of Con Son – Kiep Bac.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda began building in 1964, then completed in 1971. Besides the sacred altar, this pagoda is also famous of wood sculptures including “bao lam tu linh,” “bao lam cuu long,” Arihant statues, and the carvings on the incense tables.
This pagoda is also known as a big Buddhist center in Vietnam, where many monks and nuns are taught. It’s also one of the first pagodas where three progenitors of Truc Lam sect in Vietnam choose to train. In 2015, this pagoda was recognized as The Special National Vestige.
Ba Thien Hau Pagoda, Binh Duong
As one of the most known pagodas in Vietnam, Ba Thien Hau is a unique construction. Notably, on the 15th of January (according to the moon calendar) each year, this pagoda will hold the Processional festival.
Found by the Chinese, its construction follows the authentic Chinese vibe. The complex of four altars creates the “Khau” and “Quoc” symbol.
Three rows of houses create the front altar, the central altar, and the back altar. Between these rows is a moulin providing air and light inside the pagoda.
Ba Chua Of Chau Doc Temple, An Giang
As one of the most famous vestiges in the region of the Mekong Delta, the Ba Chua of Chau Doc Temple attracts millions of visitors coming in each year to worship and sightsee.
Notably, on the “Chinh hoi” period, visitors from both Vietnam and overseas reach here to wish for a full, safe, and smooth year.
Dai Tong Lam Pagoda, Ba Ria – Vung Tau
Dai Tong Lam Pagoda or Van Phat Quang Dai Tong Lam Tu is also a famous pagoda in Vietnam. This 54-ha pagoda is situated in Quang Phu Commune, Tan Thanh District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
The father of this pagoda is the Buddhist Monk Thich Thien Hoa, who was previously a monk in An Quang Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City. The construction work is completed in 1958 to become a large-scale institute.
Xa Loi Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Besides a religious edifice, this pagoda is also built to become a large Buddhism Institute, which monks and nuns from all around Vietnam come to learn and continue performing universal salvation.
Xa Loi Pagoda used to be the headquarters of the Buddhist Association of Vietnam. From August 1991, this is also the place received and published 2 first books of The Great Sutras of Vietnam.
Started constructing in 1956 and finally completed in 1958, besides the spacious altars, Xa Loi Pagoda also built one more 7-floor steeple established in 1961.
Thien Mu Pagoda, Thua Thien – Hue
Once mention Thua Thien – Hue, visitors will think of the most prominent spiritual cradle of Vietnam. And indeed. One of the most popular pagodas in Vietnam also sits here – in the waist of this S-shaped country.
That’s right. We’re talking about Thien Mu Pagoda, which is only 5 kilometers far from Hue. This pagoda is located on Ha Khe hill with one side facing the Huong river.
It is known as one of the most ancient pagodas of Vietnam and got the alias of ‘Quoc Tu De Nhat’ – which means the best pagoda in Vietnam.
Thien Tru Pagoda (Huong Pagoda), Ha Tay
Huong Pagoda (or so-called the Huong Son Pagoda) is a large, cultural, and religious complex in Vietnam. It includes dozens of pagodas and temples worshipping a considerable number of Gods, Goddesses, and Lords.
Located in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, and only 60 kilometers far from Hanoi, this destination is famous for the heaven-on-earth sceneries.
One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
The One Pillar Pagoda (or also called the Dien Huu Tu or Lien Hoa Dai) is one of the most famous and uniquely-structured pagodas in Vietnam. It got the name for the unique construction of an altar standing one a pillar in the middle of Linh Chieu lotus lake.
It could be said that the One Pillar Pagoda is one of the exclusive symbols of Hanoi. Nowadays, in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, there is also a version of this pagoda with a similar design.
So, what do you think? Vietnam is a wonderful country with a rich cultural base. There are thousands of pagodas, temples, and shrines spreading all over this S-shaped country.
Having a chance to visit all of them is excellent. However, most visitors cannot do that due to the time limitation. Thus, they always search for the most notable ones.
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