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Why Tu Dam pagoda is special ?
Tu Dam Pagoda is located in Truong An, 2km south of Hue . Superior Buddhist Monk Minh Hoàng Từ Dung founded it, at the end of the 17th century under Lê Hy Tông reign. It was during the reign of Emperor Thiệu Trị that the pagoda was given the name Tu Dam. In the center of the pagoda is a tree that was grafted from a sacred tree brought to Vietnam by Buddhists from India in 1936. In 1951, the Buddhist Association Conference was held at the pagoda . In the history of development and religious practice of Vietnamese Buddhism, Từ Ðàm Pagoda has been an important center. At present, Tu Dam is the headquarter of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Thua Thien province.
What to explore at Tu Dam pagoda?
The gate is high and wide with a tiled roof. Just inside the gate is a big bodhi tree, providing shadow all year around. As a branch, this bodhi tree was taken right from the bodhi tree under which Buddha reached Nirvana. Mrs Karpeles, Head of the French Buddhist Association, brought it back from India as a present offered to the pagoda and planted it there in 1936. Every year, on Buddha's birthday, it is a gathering place where many important and most crowded festivals of Hue’s Buddhists take place.
The main sanctuary consists of a service hall and an ancestors' altar. The service hall was built on a marble foundation 1.5m high with an old style roof forming a towering and impressive pagoda. On the edge and top of the roof are many curving, gentle, symmetric pairs of dragons creating a well-balanced and harmonious beauty. Under the ancient roof are frescoes telling Buddha’s stories. Many long couplets are hung on the pillars of the Service hall. The building is flanked by two stele and drum towers.
Tu Dam pagoda worships one Buddha only, so that its appointments are rather simpler than that of other pagodas in Hue. In the temple, there is a Buddha Sakyamuni sitting on a lotus pedestal. There are an ancestors’ altar house and a monks’ house behind the main temple. The two storey Conference Hall is large and wide building with 10 rooms to meet the requirements of a conference pagoda.
How to get to Tu Dam pagoda?
Tu Dam Pagoda is not far from City center, you can come by car,local bike, boat.
- Wonderful sight, a must see in Hue
- A Picturesque pagoda
- Nice pagoda in well maintained grounds
- A view overlooking the river
- A lovely and free pagoda
Su Lieu Quán, Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Tips for you
One of the aesthetic pagodas in Hue town. its very close to hue town and can well be reached by Cycle or Bike from the riverfront in Hue. Easy to locate on Google Maps if u r travelling Solo or just exploring the town by yourself. usually most places of worship as well as Tourist attractions in Vietnam opens by 7.00 am in the morning and closes by 11.30am and in the afternoons the visiting hours are between 2.00Pm to 6.00Pm. so time your visits accordingly. Tip : if u r moving around in a rented bicycle or motorbike make sure u park them near some shops amidst other bikes or else politely request the shop ppl if u can park ur cycle close to theirs. More often they will let u park it in their places. its much safer that way.