Danang holy pagodas – The spiritual life of local people
Danang is not only famous for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, and friendly people. Besides, it also contains a featured spiritual culture that is reflected through many pagodas. Be ready for a spiritual journey and explore these following Danang holy pagodas now!
Linh Ung Pagoda at Son Tra peninsula – the most popular one of Danang holy pagodas
This Linh Ung Pagoda is the largest one of Danang holy pagodas. The pagoda is located on Bai But, Son Tra peninsula. It was built in 2004 and finished in 2010. Linh Ung Pagoda is 693 meters above sea level. When you come here, the view is so amazing with a direction to the mountains and another to the sea. All the natural and modern beauty of Danang are in your eyes. People say Linh Ung Pagoda is a Buddha Land in the middle of the world.
When stepping up the staircase leads to the pagoda, tourists will see a Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the center of a large yard, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva on the right and Xuanzang on the left. Besides, Linh Ung Pagoda has the tallest statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in Vietnam with a height of 67 meters and the lotus tower diameter of 35 meters. The scene of the main hall combined with the statue creates a sacred, pure and elegant picture.
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At night, the statue illuminates in the sky so you can see it from almost any location in Danang. Linh Ung Pagoda has become one of the most fascinating attractions to tourists when visiting Danang.
Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountain
Besides the Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra peninsula, there is another pagoda with the same name among Danang holy pagodas. This Linh Ung Pagoda is located on the Water Mountain which is one of the five Marble Mountains, at Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District. It is an ancient pagoda with great historical value. The pagoda was built in the reign of King Minh Mang (1825). It was named Ung Chan in the period of King Gia Long. After that, King Thanh Thai renamed it Linh Ung Pagoda in 1841.
During two centuries of existence, they stored the pagoda so many times. However, until now the pagoda still keeps the most of initial architecture.
Inside the main sanctuary, there are representations of three Buddha statues. They are Shakyamuni in the middle, Stratum Namo Bodhisattva on the left. And the last one is Guan Yin Bodhisattva on the right.
This pagoda has a 30-meter height stupa with 7 floors placing 200 Buddha statues. The diameter of the ground floor is 11 meters. Linh Ung pagoda also has two valuable golden boards. The first one marked the recognition of it as a national pagoda in the sixth year of King Minh Mang’s reign. The second one recognized the name Linh Ung of the pagoda in the third year of King Thanh Thai’s reign. Therefore, Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountain is not only considered as a national pagoda but also a Buddhist monument.
Tam Bao Pagoda
Tam Bao Pagoda is one of the Danang holy pagodas located in the heart of the city. Therefore, local people come here more often than two above Linh Ung pagodas. It is located at number 323, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Danang. It was built in 1953 and finished in 1963. The pagoda is the home of Theravada Buddhism in Quang Nam, Danang, and other central provinces.
Tam Bao Pagoda has 5 high towers. Each tower has a color symbolizes five colors of Buddhism including blue, yellow, red, white and orange. There is Sarira – bones of the Buddha inside the highest tower. In the front yard, there are two bodhi trees that were from the Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya in India where Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment. In the backyard, there are two saffron trees that were from the Lumbini garden in Nepal where is the hometown of Buddha. Tam Bao Buddhists worship Buddha Shakyamuni statue in the middle of the main sanctuary.
Tam Bao Pagoda also keeps some valuable statues like the sacred statues and the altar made from the rare wood from Royal Thai donation. Among Danang holy pagodas, Tam Bao Pagoda stands out with its unique spiritual beauty to local people as well as tourists.
Phap Lam Pagoda
The next one of Danang holy pagodas is Phap Lam Pagoda. It is at number 500 Ong Ich Khiem Street, Danang. They built it in 1934 following a Southeast Asia architecture. Formerly known as Tinh Hoi Pagoda, it named Phap Lam in 1970. In the courtyard, there are a 1.1 meter-high seating Buddha statue as well as two Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statues and a bronze Dai The Chi Bodhisattva statue. The main sanctuary is on the second floor with delicately carving pillars.
There are also a handwritten Buddhist Pali incantation and a golden statue of Buddha inside the main sanctuary. The ground floor hosts an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 1000 people. Moreover, Phap Lam Pagoda also has many interesting activities and festivals. This is a spiritual place attracts many tourists to avoid the bustling of the Danang center and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Quan The Am Pagoda
Quan The Am is known as one of the most sacred Danang holy pagodas. It is at number 48 Su Van Hanh Street, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang city. It was built in 1960 and finished in 1962. This pagoda has a mystical story according to a dream of old monk Thich Phap Nhan. After dreaming about a Buddha in a cave, this monk found a Buddha statue completely made by nature. Therefore, he has established the Quan The Am pagoda. Every year, there are more and more people coming here to pray because of its supernatural story.
Next to the pagoda, there is Quan Am cave with a 50m of length and 10m of width. Inside the cave, there are countless colorful rosins. Especially, there are also a 1.75 meter-high Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and a “stone bell” that make visitors impressive the most.
There is an annual festival being held on 19th February in Lunar Calendar at this pagoda. The festival is not only popular with local people but also tourists from the world. Tourists can experience the spiritual culture of Buddhism in Vietnam and take part in many interesting traditional activities at Quan The Am festival.
Coming to Danang to experience the beauty of this “most worthy living city”, you can’t miss a traditional journey into the spiritual life of local people. To have a perfect trip on Danang, remember to visit these Danang holy pagodas and feel the serenity in your soul.