Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue City
Hue City is known by many famous landscapes, ancient pagoda. However, the most ancient and pretties pagoda is Thien Mu Pagoda. It is located on the Ha Khe Hill.
According to local people here, there has one elder with red clothes who appears on the hill, she said to everyone that one people will establish pagoda to converge necessary factors to strengthen the country. Therefore, this place is considered as Thien Mu Mountain. Nguyen Hoang Lord who prepared for promoting his fortune of Nguyen walked along Huong River. He saw small Ha Khe hill with the shape as a dragon and he heard of this, he built one pagoda named Thien Mu pagoda on this hill in 1961 between a river and a pine forest. It was renovated by Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan in 1665. Coming to Thien Mu pagoda, tourists will admire about its architecture because it’s wonderful architectural pagoda in Hue. The initial temple was very simply constructed.
Overlooking the Southwest bank of the Huong River, Thien Mu pagoda has two sections. The front of the pagoda can be accessed from the Perfume River and has the Phuoc Duyen tower. It is famous symbol associated with Thien Mu pagoda. It has a height of 21 meters including 7 stories. Each floor also worships Buddha statue. Inside has spiraled stair lead to final floor in which worshiped gold Buddha statue. This area also houses the great bell, which was cast in 1710. It also has contains a statue of a large marble turtle, a symbol of longevity. In the main hall, there is a statue of Gautama Buddha, flanked by Bodhisattva Van Thu Su Loi and Bodhisattva Pho Hien. A building near the rear of the temple also houses the motor vehicle in which the monk Thich Quang Duc was driven from his temple to Sai Gon in 1963 to against the Diem regime. He stepped out of his car, sat down in the lotus position and burned himself to death to against the regime’s violations of religious freedom. At the far North end of the Thien Mu pagoda is a large cemetery at the base of the Truong Son Mountains and a well kept garden of pine trees. Coming to Thien Mu pagoda, tourists can pray for good life, sit on the wall to watch the beautiful Huong River or walk around the pagoda to watch the garden or go to see daily routines here, these bring you to a peaceful feeling never achievable in the hustle and bustle of the daily life.