Hanoi – Travelling to the temple at the
start of the year is an essential activity for the Vietnamese people that has
become a cultural beauty to this day. This is the time when people from all
over the country go to the sanctuaries to visit, sightsee, and pray for the
best luck of the year.
Some of our recommendations might be the perfect place for you and
your loved ones to spend the spring.
Huong (Perfume) Pagoda is located in Huong Son commune, My Duc district,
about 60km southwest of Hanoi.
It is one of the largest and most unique religious sites in the capital with a
complex of pagodas, shrines and communal houses scattered on Huong Son (Perfume
mountain). The Huong Tich (Traces of perfume) pagoda, which can be found inside
the Huong Tich grotto, is considered to be the holiest and most significant
location in the entire complex.
Many people visit the pagoda every year to take part in its festival, the
largest in the country, which takes place from January to the end of March of
the lunar calendar.
It is believed that the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin attained enlightenment at the
Huong Pagoda, hence various ceremonies and artistic events are staged there
during the three-month festival.
Thousands of pilgrims and visitors, including many from abroad, make the
journey up the Huong Son mountain range to experience the peace that has moved
poets for decades and even one of the Trịnh warlords to pen odes to the area’s
Dong (Bronze) Pagoda can be found on top of the 1,068-meter-high Yen
Tu mountain in Uong Bi district of Quang Ninh province.
The pagoda was built in the 17th century, with the initial architecture
consisting of only a modest bronze cast.
Previously, the only way to get to Đồng Pagoda was to traverse thousands of
stone stairs and mountain roads for nearly 6 kilometres to reach the peak of Yen
Nowadays, the cable car has been used by the Yen Tu Scenic Area Management
Board to assist visitors from all over the world to arrive at Dong Pagoda
without much difficulty. Guests may get a bird’s eye view of Yen Tu mountain
from the cable car and then set out on foot to reach the summit of the sacred
The Lunar New Year is the finest time to visit this location. This is the time
for highly spectacular events in Yen Tu, drawing thousands of travellers from
all across the country to visit and pray.
Tam Chuc Pagoda
Tam Chuc is Vietnam’s biggest pagoda complex, located in Kim Bang district,
Ha Nam province, about 60 kilometres from Hanoi.
This is one of the spiritual spring tourism spots that draw a
large number of visitors who come to pray for good fortune.
With its front side facing Luc Ngan lake and its back resting against That Tinh
Mountain, Tam Chuc Pagoda occupies a magnificent position. Limestone peaks rise
up everywhere around the pagoda, adding to the area’s already impressive
Tam Chuc Pagoda’s spiritual tourism complex is split into four sections: the
reception centre, the monastery proper, the experience hub, and the natural
Like many other sacred sites, the pagoda is at its most stunning in the milder
months of autumn and spring.
According to the Tam Chuc Pagoda Management Board, on January 25 or the fourth
day of the Lunar New Year, around 10,000 visitors and Buddhists came to visit
and worship at the pagoda./.