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Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda , also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagoda in Hue city. It is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the north bank of the Perfume River,, 5 kilometers from central city of Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is one of the most fascinating and ancient pagodas in Hue city.

Built-in 1601 by Nguyen Hoang, first of the Nguyen Lords to rule over Vietnam, it is an icon of the city. Throughout the years, successive kings of the Nguyen Dynasty such as Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, and Thanh Thai, have all had the pagoda restored, adding to its glory.

The pagoda derives its name from a local legend foretold by an old woman who appeared on the hill where the pagoda stands today. The old woman told the local people that a Lord would come and build a pagoda for the country’s prosperity. When Lord Nguyen Hoang heard this on his visit there, he immediately ordered the construction of the pagoda and dedicated it to the Thiên Mụ, or “Celestial Lady” in English. Some dialects refer to the woman as Linh Mụ, giving the pagoda its second name and adding to its mystery.

Thanks to such a history, the pagoda has attracted a great number of tourists both domestically and abroad, inviting them to come and explore the legend themselves. The most striking feature of the pagoda is Phuoc Duyen tower which was initially called Tu Nhan tower and was erected by King Thieu Tri in 1884. Over the years it has become the unofficial symbol of both modern and Imperial Hue. This octagonal tower has seven levels and reaches 21 meters high making it the highest stupa in Vietnam. It is dedicated to a Buddha who appeared in human form. It is so intrinsically associated with the city, that is often the subject of folk stories and rhymes about the ancient capital.

 

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