Thien Mu Pagoda Hue

Activity Hương Hòa, Thành phố Huế, Hương Hòa Thành phố Huế Thừa Thiên Huế 532761 Published on: 10-06-2020

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Thien Mu pagoda (Also called Heavenly Lady Pagoda) is the oldest monument in Hue with the wonderful Royal architectures and the perfect Fengshui. It was built on the Hill and faces Perfume River.

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Why Thien Mu Pagoda Hue is special ?

  • Enjoy the poetic views of the Perfume River and Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Explore the most beautiful royal architecture of the oldest pagoda in central and southern Vietnam from 1601.
  • Enjoy the LOVE CURSE from the locals.
  • Deeply under Vietnamese culture, customs, local life.

What to explore at Thien Mu Pagoda Hue?

Thien Mu Pagoda Location

Thien Mu Pagoda is an ancient pagoda which is located in the western part of Hue, on Ha Khe Hill, on the left bank of the Perfume River. It takes about 5km from the city center.

Origin of the name Thien Mu.

In 1601, Nguyen Hoang- the first Lord of Nguyen Kingdom came to Thuan Hoa province, now is Hue city. He heard a mystic story from the local villagers. The rumored that every night, there was a beautiful lady from Heaven appeared on the hill and said "one day, a true king will come and will build a pagoda here for the richness and prosperity of this area". On hearing that, Nguyen Hoang immediately built a Buddism temple and named for it as Thien Mu. Lately, in 1862, Tu Duc Emperor changed it into Linh Mu to be more respectful.

The Sad Love Story of Thien Mu Pagoda

As you know, local couples, who love each other but have not yet married, they don’t dare to come here together. At that time, there was a poor orphaned boy who loves the daughter of a rich family. Unfortunately, her parents did not accept their love. Could not love each other, they decided to suicide themselves in the Huong River ( in front of Linh Mu Pagoda ) to show their true love. But unfortunately, the man passed away, villages saved the girl. Day by day, she forgot the boy, got married to a rich man, and have a new life. The miserable soul of the boy knew the painful story, he cursed that every couple coming to Linh Mu Pagoda would break up. Until now, it is an unforgettable sad love story in the mind of the locals.

What to see at Thien Mu Pagoda?

Phuoc Duyen Tower

From the Perfume river, it is easy to see Phuoc Duyen Tower. It was a birthday gift from Tu Duc Emperor offered to his grandmother in 1844. 

When you step into the temple, the first the building that appears is Tower of Phuoc Duyen Because It is 21 meters tall and there are 7 stories.

Giant Turtle And Dai Hung Chung

Nearly Phuoc Duyen Tower, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the giant turtle, made by marble in 1675. As you know, Turtle is one of the four holy animals in Vietnam. The symbol of longevity and education. Because of that many students who touch the head of the turtle to get good luck, they come here to get a good score in school. 

On the left-hand side, there is a huge bronze bell, named Dai Hong Chung. It was cast in 1710, the bell’s dimensions make it one of the most achievements in bronze casting in Vietnam at that time. It weighs nearly 6,000 pounds, is 4.5 feet high, and is audible up to 6 miles far away.

Three Door Gate 

This is the main entrance to the temple with 2 story roofs. There is 3 doors gate on the left for men, on the right for women and VIP in the middle. There are many guardians at 2 sides to protect pagoda.

Dai Hung Shrine

Dai Hung Shrine is the main temple of the pagoda, inside they worship  the Buddha Maitreya who has loud ears to listen to the tribulations of the people, have the big belly to cover the faults of the people, and have big mouths to laugh at the hard jokes in life.

Austin Car and The Stupa

Walking to the backyard, we will see a beautiful rockery. It is for decoration but also to be an air conditioner. To make weather cooler in summer and warmer in the winter. There is a large yard with many fabulous bonsai trees. Each monk in the pagoda takes care of one. A bit further, there is an Austin car. The car of Thich Quang Duc Monk who burnt himself in 1963 to against Ngo Dinh Diem Regime. Asking for the freedom of people to follow Buddhism.

The last one in the pagoda is the stupa. Thich Don Hau is the first head monk. Following the tradition, when normal people died, we put them in coffins to bury in the earth. But to the monks, we do the cremation.

Thien mu pagoda entrance fee

Because this is the Buddhist pagoda so there is no entrance fee and you can visit Thien Mu Pagoda from 5 am to 7 pm every day.

How to get there?

Nowadays, Travelers can reach Linh Mu pagoda by dragon boat along the river, ride a bike, or book Hue Private Car. Besides, if you wish to enjoy the most authentic experience, you can book Hue City Tour of Hue Deluxe Group Tour at Culture Pham Travel.

Addtional information

  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream
  • Polite clothes covering your chests, your knees.

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