Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Introduction
Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the symbolic images of Hue city. With many unique architectural works inside, this is considered as the most sacred pagoda in Hue.
Speaking of Hue, people immediately think of the works of the Nguyen Dynasty's relics, with magnificent temples, citadels, and tombs. Hue is also a land of Zen meditation with hundreds of large and small pagodas. Built long ago, during the reign of the Nguyen kings. One of the most sacred pagodas here is Thien Mu Pagoda.
Those who come to Hue city without visiting Thien Mu Pagoda are considered to have not yet come to this dreamland.
Where is it?
Thien Mu Pagoda is an ancient Buddhist pagoda located in the west of Hue City, on the hill of Ha Khe, in the left bank of the Perfume River. It is from Hue city center about 5 km.
Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam History
Legend has it that, every evening, on Ha Khe hill, there was a fairy appear to tell the local that, there would have a good lord will come here to build a pagoda in this area for the country's prosperity and stability.
Indeed, in 1601, when Lord Nguyen Hoang defended the Thuan Hoa area, He heard that story from the locals. One day, on the horse, hiked along the banks of the Perfume River, considering the terrain, he saw a small green hill rising by the water. From far away, it looks like a dragon turned his head to look back. He told the locals that, I'm that good lord, I come here to build a pagoda for the country's prosperity and stability. That's why the locals helped him to expand and build up the country to the South of Vietnam.
At the time of Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu, the country at that time Buddhism was very popular and developed, the Thien Mu pagoda was restored to a larger scale. The lord cast a large bell weighing over two tons, overhauling dozens of architectural works such as Dai Hung Palace, Thien Vuong Palace, Dharma Hall, Sangha Room, Zen House, Tang Kinh Floor, etc. He also built a marble giant turtle with a stone stele on its back. The stele tells about the construction of the pagoda here. Later, the pagoda also underwent many renovations of kings over the ages.
What to see at Thien Mu Pagoda?
Thien Mu Pagoda Hue has royal architecture. Overlooking from above, Thien Mu Pagoda looks like a giant tortoise reflecting on the Perfume River. The pagoda is surrounded by rows of stone walls built in two rounds.
Phuoc Duyen Tower
Stepping up the steps and entering the pagoda's gate, the first building that appears to you is the Phuoc Duyen tower built of 21m high bricks, including 7 floors. This was the birthday gift from the Tu Duc emperor offer to his grandmother in 1844. On each tower floor, there is a Buddha statue. Moreover, there is a spiral staircase to lead to the top, where there used to be a golden Buddha statue.
The Three Door Gate
This is the main entrance to the pagoda with a 2-story roof structure. There are 3 entrances through the gate, each with wooden planks with bundles of copper straps and nails, on the two sides of the entrance are protected by holy guardians.
Dai Hung Shrine
Dai Hung shrine is the main hall of the pagoda. Inside, they worship in the middle of the shrine, there are 3 bronze Buddha statues represent 3 human beings' lives that are the past, present, and future.
Moreover, there is a Maitreya Buddha with the big ears to listen to the suffering stories of sentient beings, has a big belly to cover people's faults, and has a big mouth to laugh the hard things to laugh in the world.
Lady Buddha statues always listen to you when you are in difficulties and accidents.
The Rockery and Austin Car
Walking to the backyard, there is a beautiful rockery for decoration, Fengshui and to be a natural air conditioner.
Next is the Austin Martin car, the relic of the monk Thich Quang Duc. In 1963, the Ngo Dinh Diem government in the South of Vietnam forbid people to follow Buddhism. To ask for the freedom of Buddhists, he drove the car to the administration building and burn himself. Everything burnt but except his heart still exist.
The Stupa of the old monk Thich Don Hau
The last monumnet at the end of Thien Mu pagoda is the stupa of the 1st head monk, Thich Don Hau, who had a great contriution for the Buddhist Buddhist revival.
Thien Mu Pagoda entrance fee
Because Thien Mu is a Buddhist pagoda so there is no entrance fee. The open time is from 6 am to 6 pm. There are many different ways to get to Thien Mu pagoda. You can ride a bike, drive a scooter with helmets or book Hue Private Car via Culture Pham Travel. If you would like to visit all highlights in Hue such as Hue Imperial Citadel, Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, you should book Hue City Tour Full Day.
Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the most sacred pagoda in Hue ancient capital to explore the unique ancient architecture, as well as listen to stories passed down from many generations.