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Visiting Thiên Mụ Pagoda- the heaven fairy lady pagoda

Thiên Mụ Pagoda also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagoda in Hue city.

Visiting Thiên Mụ Pagoda- the heaven fairy lady pagoda

Thiên Mụ Pagoda also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagoda in Hue city. It is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume pagoda, in Huong Long village, 5 kilometres from Hue city, which is easy to reach from the city centre.

Once upon a time, local residents saw an old lady in red appear every night on top of hill. She foretold that: one day, the Lord would pass by and build something of great importance. From then on, the hill was named Thien Mu Son. When Lord Nguyen Hoang actually went pass the hill, he heard the legend and decided to build a pagoda and named it Thien Mu. Having gone through a lot of eventful phrase, damages as well as renovations, today the pagoda still exists and remains the unofficial symbol of the ancient city Hue.

A special architecture

Visiting Thiên Mụ Pagoda- the heaven fairy lady pagoda

The most outstanding feature of the pagoda, Phuoc Duyen tower was erected in 1884 by King Thieu Tri, and has become the unofficial symbol of Hue. This octagonal tower has seven storeys, which is dedicated to a Buddha who appeared in human form. It is the highest stupa in Vietnam, and is often the subject of folk rhymes and cadao about Hue, such is its iconic status and association with the city. More importantly, it is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital.

Visiting Thiên Mụ Pagoda- the heaven fairy lady pagoda

 To the left of the tower is a pavilion sheltering an enormous bell. The bell, called Dai Hong Chung, was cast in 1710 by Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu. It is famous for the great size, which is 2.5m high and 3,285 kg weigh. It is considered to be an outstanding achievement of 18th century bronze casting.

To the right of the tower is a pavillion containing a stela dated from 1715. It is set on the back of a massive marble turtle, a symbol of longevity, and is 2.58 m high.

How to get there

Thien Mu pagoda is about 4km from Hue city centre, thus you can get here by: motorbike, bike, as well as boat. 

Opening time

Free entrance in 7h00- 17h00 everyday

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