Explore the world’s largest temple – Tam Chuc Pagoda in Ha Nam
Dubbed “Ha Long Bay on land” in Ha Nam, Tam Chuc Pagoda appears with a unique flooded limestone mountain area, majestic young water landscape. In particular, this place still retains the wild, natural beauty, charming and beautiful as a dreamland.
The Tam Chuc Pagoda tourist complex in Ha Nam is an attractive spiritual tourist destination with its architectural feats and bold Buddhist architecture in India. Tam Chuc Pagoda is located in Ba Sao town, Kha Phong commune, Kim Bang district, Ha Nam province, 12 km from Phu Ly city, and about 60 km from Hanoi. Occupying 144 hectares of the total area of 5,100 hectares of the tourist area, Tam Chuc Pagoda is said to be the largest temple in Vietnam today.
Unique Architecture of Tam Chuc Pagoda
Looking down from above, Tam Chuc looks like a giant ink painting with completely natural lines arranged by nature. Tam Chuc Pagoda was built on the foundation of a thousand-year-old ancient temple, combined with temples and shrines, creating a spiritual complex that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world every year.
In 2019, Tam Chuc Pagoda was chosen as the venue for the United Nations Vesak Celebration, with the participation of thousands of dignitaries, Buddhist followers and researchers. This event also greatly contributed to bringing the image of Tam Chuc Pagoda closer to domestic and foreign tourists.
Tam Chuc Pagoda has a rather special position “Tien Luc Nhac, After 7 Tinh” with three sides surrounded by a mountain range of seven stars in the shape of a throne, in front of Tam Chuc lake with six Luc Son Thuy mountains rising up in front of it. immense water balloon.
Legend has it that, on these 7 mountains, there is an aura like 7 shining stars. People saw that glory and went to That Tinh Mountain to cut it, pile up firewood into a large pile and burn it to get these 7 stars. After many days, 4 stars burned a lot, so they faded, leaving only 3 stars. Therefore, the pagoda “That Tinh” was later called the “Three Stars” pagoda by the people (today’s Tam Chuc Pagoda).
What is special about Tam Chuc Pagoda?
A magnificent spiritual work, bearing the majestic beauty of the mountains and containing many surprises that make people want to visit once and discover the hidden special things.
Coming here, visitors will not be surprised with 12,000 stone paintings meticulously assembled by the talented hands of skilled craftsmen depicting the Buddha’s legends carved by Indonesian Muslims in mountain stone. fire in Indonesia and then brought to Vietnam.
In addition, when visiting this sacred ancient temple, you are not surprised by many things associated with records and giants: the largest temple in the world; capacity of Tam The electricity; Pho Minh Cauldron… and valuable architectures and objects: The stone of the origin of the moon; giant bodhi leaves inlaid with gold; giant Buddha statues and thousands of paintings created from Indonesian volcanic rock; The white jade Buddha statue weighs nearly 5 tons at Ngoc Pagoda…
Join Tam Chuc Pagoda Festival
The opening ceremony of Tam Chuc Pagoda is held on the 12th day of the first lunar month every year. In addition, Tam Chuc Pagoda attracts a large number of tourists and Buddhists often visit the temple during Tet and major Buddhist holidays of the year.
On the occasion of the opening ceremony, the sacred water procession will take place solemnly to open the festival. Water procession at Tam Chuc pagoda is a traditional festival in the region. The temple and the people offer water to Buddha and saints to pray for a new year with favorable rain and wind, bountiful crops, and a peaceful and happy life.
The procession consists of several dozen boats, including two dragon boats at the forefront, carrying 10 water bottles taken from the lake straight to the tree planting position in the middle of the lake, near the ancient Tam Chuc communal house to celebrate. Each water jug is placed on a palanquin and carried into the shrines. At Tam The Palace, the rituals of burning incense, offering water, praying for national peace and prosperity are performed under the abbot of Venerable Thich Minh Quang.
Things to do at Tam Chuc Pagoda
Currently, the main activity when coming to Tam Chuc pagoda is still worshiping and sightseeing. Visitors can come to offer incense at Tam The Palace, Ngoc Pagoda and Tam Chuc Communal House. In addition, they can listen to lectures and answer questions, so the abbot of the temple can come to the temple to ask the Tieu.
Another activity is that visitors can go sightseeing in the pagoda, take pictures at Tam Chuc lake, That Tinh mountain and admire the giant Buddha statue, Buddha paintings in the temple. In particular, in recent years, there is a boat service on the lake in Tam Chuc, although there is a distance of about 500 meters from the shore to the temple on the lake, but tourists follow each other in long lines, jostling each other. stink to get on the boat.
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