Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Possibly Hue’s most recognizable landmark, this pagoda contains numerous living and working buildings for its resident monks, a bell tower and a seven-tiered monument in front.
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George
Adelaide, Australia355 contributions
Oct. 2018
Barter for a boat trip to the pagoda as there are many to choose from takes about 15 minutes from the berths at the floating restaurant good place to visit and take some photos.
Written 26 January 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Feb. 2020
My wife and I visited Hue as part of a 17day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia, where we were travelling with 10 other people. The tour was with G-Adventures and so the visit to Thien Mu Pagoda was prearranged by them, including a local guide for each town or city we visited. As with most places of interest, a local guide helps you to get the most out of the experience. If you are travelling under your own arrangements, there are several companies in Hue offering a variety of local trips.

The Pagoda is well worth the visit, especially if it is done as part of a larger tour covering places of interest around Hue. Located on the North bank of the Song Huong, (Perfume River), it is over 400 years old and has been restored several times, so is in great condition. Be sure to ask your guide to explain the history and the story of the ‘Heavenly Lady’ (or Celestial Lady).
Written 23 January 2021
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Runner
Milan, Italy12 contributions
Dec. 2020
the peace land beside the Perfume River.
We can access here by Dragon boat on Perfume River, after visiting the pagoda, we back Hue center or other places by private cars.
Thien Mu is one of the old pagoda in Hue, this is must-visiting place when you arrive Hue.
Written 29 December 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
At any visit to Huê, the "Thiên Mu Pagoda" (literally, the "Heavenly Lady Pagoda") is unmissable, as one of the most important tourist attractions of Vietnam's former Imperial capital city. Its poetic name derives from an ancient legend. Centuries ago, an old lady, known as "Thiên Mu", appeared at the top of Hue's "Hà Khê" hill (where the pagoda now stands) and prophesied that, one day, a king would come and build right there, for the country's prosperity, a Buddhist temple. In 1601, King Nguyen Hoang while passing by, on hearing the prophecy, ordered the construction of the mentioned temple. Years later and after innumerable restorations, the iconic seven-story octogonal tower - the highest stupa in Vietnam (21 m high) - is still there, atop "Hà Khê" hill and on the banks of "Perfume River". Located in the village of Hoang Long, at only 5 km of Huê, it can be easily reached by car or boat and is best seen on early mornings or at dusk, when local Buddhist monks say their evening prayers. "Thiên Mu Pagoda" is also famous for the beautiful sunsets over "Perfume River" ... It certainly is an "unofficial" symbol of the Imperial Huê. Enjoy!
Written 18 November 2020
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Frances L
United Kingdom263 contributions
Mar. 2020
This is more than just a Pagoda as it is situated in lovely gardens [especially those with a love of Bonsai] and overlooks the Perfume River. It's rather a striking looking Pagoda about 7 tiers high and octagonal. With the garden, ponds, Bonsai and river a very peaceful backdrop.
Written 29 July 2020
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Tony Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam667 contributions
Feb. 2020
Thien Mu Pagoda,

- Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is an ancient pagoda located on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of Huong River, in Kim Long, Huong Hoa, Hue, about 5 km west of Hue city center. Thien Mu pagoda was officially established in 1601
- In 1710, Lord Quoc cast a large bell, weighing over two tons, called Dai Hong Chung, with an card engraved on it. By 1714, Lord Quoc again restored the pagoda with dozens of very large architectural constructions such as Thien Vuong palace, Dai Hung palace, Dharma preacher, Tang Kinh floor, Sangha room, Zen house ... but many works among them are no more today. The Lord also personally wrote an article, carved into a large (2m60 high, 1m2 wide) talking about the construction of architectural works here, enjoin servants to go to China to buy more than 1,000 Buddhist sets to put on the Tang Kinh floor, praising the philosophy of Buddhism, clearly shows the legend of Venerable Thach Liem - a person who had great merit in helping Lord Nguyen revive Buddhism in Dang Trong. Stele is placed on the back of a very large stone turtle, simple but beautiful decoration.
- Phuoc Duyen Tower is a famous symbol associated with Thien Mu Pagoda. 21 m high tower, including 7 floors, was built in front of the temple in 1844. Each floor has Buddha statues. Inside, there is a spiral staircase leading to the top floor, where there used to be a golden Buddha statue. In front of the tower is Huong Nguyen temple, Falun on the top (wheel of Dharma, Buddhist symbol).
- A storm in 1904 devastated the temple. Many constructions were damaged, in which Huong Nguyen temple was completely collapsed (there are still traces). In 1907, King Thanh Thai rebuilt it, but the pagoda is no longer as big as it used to be. On both sides of the tower are two quadrilateral houses, with two steles of Thieu Tri life.
- One of the most amazing temples that any visitor to Hue should not miss
Written 14 July 2020
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Becky1979
Hull, UK179 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Family
The pagoda is located on the Perfume river. We visited it by a dragon boat and enjoyed the beautiful grounds which it had to offer.
Written 9 July 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC625 contributions
Jul. 2020
Nice location overlooking the river. The pagoda is interesting to look at as are the grounds it sits on. There's an active temple and it's a fairly quick, short walk around the complex. There's an active Buddhist monastery as well. Could use some information placards to clarify the history and meaning of what's being seen. There's an area of hawkers/food stalls on the same street, so you can easily get a cold drink or something to eat afterwards. It's a rather peaceful location away from the usual traffic. Be mindful of the steep stone steps-not good if you have back or knee problems. Entrance was free.
Written 6 July 2020
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omega132857
Chichester, UK1,771 contributions
Feb. 2020
This was a nice trip on our journey through Hue. The Pagoda was built in 1601, and who's centerpiece is a 21 metre tall tower. When I was growing, I remember seeing a news clip of a man setting himself on fire as a protest. The car he used to get ther to do his protest, is here. Never did I expect, that I would actually end up here one day. What a tragic story.
Written 29 June 2020
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Kim
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,100 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
The location was so far from the Huế center, but easy to come, follow the Perfume River's Bank. Easy to take some beautiful pictures. Should go to visit!
Written 2 May 2020
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