Linh Ung Pagoda – the Buddhist heaven on earth
Buddhism is one of the main religions in Vietnam. As a result, there is a large number of pagodas and temples throughout Vietnam. Moreover, each pagoda has its own with unique architecture and mysterious stories behind it. In Da Nang, Linh Ung Pagoda attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world thanks to its superb location and peaceful atmosphere. However, there are many mysteries that only a few people know about this famous pagoda.
Where is Linh Ung Pagoda
“Linh Ung” literally means “wishes answered miraculously” in Vietnamese. It’s a beautiful pagoda with charming scenery: leaning against the mountain and looking over the ocean. In addition to that, Linh Ung Pagoda is famous for the largest Buddha statue in Vietnam.
Located in Son Tra Peninsula, 10 kilometers Northeast of Da Nang, Linh Ung Pagoda should be in your priorities list. Since it’s in the mountainous region, there is no bus stop nearby. You can reach there by private vehicles like motorbike, car, or taking a taxi. Among them, traveling by motorbike is the best way to enjoy the beautiful breath-taking view on the way to the top of the mountain. The perfect route is strolling along My Khe Beach then turn right to the mountainside. Next, you need to go trekking about 1.5 kilometers up to the mountain to set foot on the destination.
The Buddhist heaven on earth
Linh Ung Pagoda is built with a harmonious combination between the modernity and traditional Vietnamese pagoda architecture. After climbing all the stone steps, you will see the marble entrance. Going through that gate, you will feel like jumping into another world. Right in the center of the wide yard located many bonsai and Buddhist statues. The most significant statue is the biggest Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva statue in Vietnam. This is a 17-storey-high statue, on each floor, they exhibit 21 different small Buddha statues.
Furthermore, Linh Ung Pagoda is where Buddhists go to pray and worship Buddha. In Linh Ung Pagoda, you can see a lot of Buddha statues. This is also the place for monks to live and give Buddhism lessons to their followers.
Besides, visiting this pagoda, visitors from all over the world will have an opportunity to view the whole lovely Da Nang. Plus, standing on the mountain top, you can also catch the view towards the blue sea merging with the blue sky.
Notes when visiting Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda, like churches or other religious places, is so holy, sacred and solemn that you need to follow its rules seriously.
- There are some parts of the building where they require you to walk in with barefoot. So take your shoes off in need. Next, leave them in your backpack if you don’t want to wander around the pagoda with barefoot either.
- Walk into the pagoda by the gate on the right and go out on the left. The middle one is for important people only.
- Don’t touch or point at the statues on the altars or any trees in the garden.
- Don’t take too many photos because “somebody” may not want to be in your photos.
- Dress modestly. Make sure that your clothes are long enough to cover your knees. Tank tops are unacceptable too.
- Physical contact, even a handshake, with monks and abbot is banned.
- Remember to be quiet when others are praying. Plus, don’t move around them too much and block the way between them and the altars.