10 Most Beautiful Pagodas in Vietnam

By | March 21, 2022

Vietnam has many beautiful pagodas with charming landscapes stretching from north to south. In this article, we will introduce the 10 most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam

1. Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda spiritual tourist area located on Bai Dinh mountain and 12km from Ninh Binh city. This is one of the most famous and sacred spiritual destinations in Vietnam.

Every year welcomes thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and domestic and foreign tourists to visit.

When coming to Bai Dinh Pagoda. You will feel overwhelmed by the immense mountain scenery, the impressive scale, and the architecture of the pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Since its construction, the Bai Dinh pagoda has set many records in Vietnam and Asia. Such as the giant gilded bronze Buddha in Asia, the tallest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The heaviest and largest bronze bell in Vietnam.

The best time to travel to Bai Dinh Pagoda is from January to March of the lunar calendar. You can combine spring sightseeing pagoda ceremonies to pray for good luck and visit other tourist attractions in Ninh Binh.

Reference price:

Tickets to visit the stupa: 50,000 VND/person
Tram service: 30,000 VND/person/time

2. Dong Yen Tu Pagoda

Dong Yen Tu Pagoda is located in Truc Lam Yen Tu complex. The pagoda is one of the tallest pagodas in Vietnam.

Initially, Yen Tu was just a place where King Tran Nhan Tong practiced. Until he passed away, there was still no temple. Dong Pagoda was built in the 17th century by a concubine of the Trinh lord. With the interior, Buddha statue, and bell, all made of bronze.

Dong Yen Tu Pagoda

 

To get to Yen Tu Pagoda, you can take the cable car, which is very convenient. Sitting in the cabin, you can fully enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yen Tu pagoda.

Reference price:

Entrance ticket: 40,000 VND/person
Round trip cable car price: 200,000 VND/person
Cable car price per leg (1 way): 100,000 VND/person/way

3. Tam Chuc Pagoda

Tam Chuc pagoda is considered the pagoda has the largest area globally. This temple has an area of more than 5000 hectares in the Tam Chuc tourist area.

As the largest pagoda in Vietnam, the Tam Chuc pagoda tourist complex will overwhelm you with its scale, meticulous investment, and attention to the smallest detail.

Having come to Tam Chuc, don’t be afraid to spend a whole day visiting Pillar Kinh Garden, Phap Chu Palace, Tam The Palace, Temple of Heaven, Ngoc Pagoda to collect a series of impressive check-in photos!

Tam Chuc Pagoda

The best time to visit Tam Chuc pagoda is to go at noon. Sunset is the most beautiful moment in Tam Chuc pagoda. When the whole complex of communal houses and pagodas will glow brightly under the orange-yellow sun.

Reference price:

Boat ride on the lake: 200,000 VND/adult/way, 100,000 VND/child/time
Tram ticket: 30,000 VND/person/way, free for children

4. Three Golden Pagoda

If Ha Long Bay ranks first in terms of natural sights, Ba Vang Pagoda will be the first spiritual tourist destination known by many Vietnamese people.

Ba Vang Pagoda is located on the same name mountain in Uong Bi city. Situated at an altitude of 340m, with a beautiful terrain in front of a river, behind a mountain. This pagoda has captivated many visitors.

Three Golden Pagoda

Ba Vang Pagoda has famous attractions such as the main hall on the largest mountain in Indochina, God’s Well, Spiritual Spring Garden, and fountains.

The best time to visit Ba Vang Pagoda is on the 8th day of the first lunar month – the opening day of the festival or the 9th day of the 9th lunar month – Chrysanthemum Festival with many special activities.

On the contrary, if you like the quiet space of the temple ceremony, you can go to the temple at any time of the year.

Reference Price: Free tour

5. One Pillar Pagoda

The list of beautiful temples in Vietnam can’t be without One Pillar Pagoda – the temple with the unique architecture in Asia.

One Pillar Pagoda, located in the park behind Ong Ich Khiem Street in Ba Dinh District, has long become a symbol of the capital in terms of both architecture and spiritual life.

Therefore, the pagoda is a unique and sacred tourist destination that attracts many domestic and foreign tourists.

One Pillar Pagoda

The temple is like a lotus floating on the water, a harmonious combination of architecture and creative stone sculpture.

The best time to visit the pagoda is from 7:00 to 18:00. On the 1st or the full moon day, One Pillar Pagoda will organize offerings of Buddhists and people to offer incense.

Reference Price: Free tour

6. Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is a pagoda always at the top of the beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. The pagoda, also known as Linh Mu, is located on Ha Khe hill, opposite the romantic Perfume River, about 5 km from the center of Hue city.

Because of possessing a poetic scene, Thien Mu Pagoda has always been the inspiration for many works of art, from poetry to painting. This peaceful landscape in the middle of nature has made many tourists feel anxious.

Thien Mu Pagoda

The pagoda was built in 1601, the earliest in Hue. Through many restorations and expansions, Thien Mu Pagoda is known for the typical architecture of Tam Quan Gate consisting of 2 floors and 3 massive roofs, Phuoc Duyen tower, Dai Hung Palace, Dinh Huong Nguyen, and Quan The Am Palace. …

The temple is open from morning to 18:00. If you come in the afternoon, you should linger to have the opportunity to watch the sunset on the Perfume River.

Reference Price: Free tour

7. Linh Ung Pagoda

As a beautiful temple in Da Nang that anyone who comes to this coastal city should visit once, Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda is located on But Beach – Son Tra peninsula with an impressive mountain-like terrain overlooking the sea.

The pagoda is famous and sacred even to the indigenous people, so it is both a tourist destination to enjoy the scenery and a spiritual place for people to pray for peace and luck.

Although the pagoda is 10km from the city center, running from afar, you can easily see the silhouette of Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda with the tallest statue of Buddha Quan, The Am Bodhisattva in Vietnam (67m), majestic in the middle of the land & sky.

Linh Ung Pagoda

The architecture of the temple is quite simple. After going up the stairs of Tam Quan gate, you will see the main hall at the other end of the vast courtyard.

On the temple grounds, in addition to Quan The Am Bodhisattva, there are rows of Arhat statues, 9-storey Xa Loi tower, and Buddha statues sitting under the remarkable green trees.

You can visit and sightsee Linh Ung Pagoda at any time. However, there will be more bustling festivals and activities if you go to the temple on the full moon day, Buddha’s Birthday, Vu Lan, or Mid-Autumn Festival.

Reference Price: Free tour

8. Truc Lam Zen Monastery

Truc Lam Zen Monastery is located on the top of Phung Hoang mountain, surrounded by green pine forest, the front directly views the poetic Tuyen Lam lake.

Completed construction in 1994, Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Dalat is one of the three largest monasteries in Vietnam, belonging to the Truc Lam Yen Tu sect.

You will feel purity and peace when entering Truc Lam Zen Monastery, thanks to its isolated location between nature.

Truc Lam Zen Monastery

Unlike other temples or monasteries, this place also has a lake called Tinh Tam lake, located right in front of the main hall.

The Zen Monastery also has a garden with gorgeous and rare flowers selected and cared for by the monks. Do not forget to visit this garden to get sparkling photos.

The way to the monastery is straightforward; the whole way to Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Dalat is all asphalt and has no traffic jams. In particular, you can also come here by cable car, which comes from Robin hill cable car station.

Free admission

Cable car price: 50,000 VND/person/one way, 70,000 VND/person/round trip

Note: The Zen Monastery is a quiet place of practice, so you need to walk lightly and speak quietly to avoid affecting your practice.

9. Buu Long Pagoda

Buu Long Pagoda has located about 20 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, located on a hill to the west of Dong Nai River.

First built in 1942 and restored in 2007. Buu Long Pagoda is now one of the most beautiful pagodas in Saigon, attracting city people and tourists to worship.

The first impression that Buu Long Pagoda brings is the unique architecture, the harmony between Thai and Indian religious cultures, and the Nguyen Dynasty’s design styleBuu Long Pagoda

The pagoda uses white as the primary color, adorned with the details of the pointed top of the tower, with brilliant yellow color. With a magnificent and sophisticated design in each sculptural wall and stone statue.

Buu Long Pagoda was voted by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful temples in the world in 2019.

Buu Long Pagoda is still surrounded by a forest of fresh and airy trees despite being near Ho Chi Minh city. With this particular location, the pagoda is chosen by many people, not only pilgrims, as a destination for fasting and meditation, temporarily forgetting the hustle and bustle of the hustle and bustle of life.

The ideal time to visit Buu Long Pagoda is early morning or sunset. Coming here in the early morning, you will enjoy the cool, fresh air; the sun is not too intense for walking under the trees.

If you stay at Buu Long Pagoda at sunset, you will admire the impressive scene of the orange-yellow sun setting on the top of the tower.

Reference Price: Free admission

Note: Buu Long Pagoda is a smokeless temple, so you only need to pray and not burn incense.

10. Xiem Can Pagoda

Located in Vinh Trach Dong commune, Bac Lieu province, Xiem Can Pagoda is one of the largest and most splendid Khmer temples in the Khmer temple system in the south.

The majesty and unique architecture of Xiem Can Pagoda is always a special feature that attracts many tourists coming here to worship.

Xiem Can Pagoda

Here you can see the architectural complex of Angkor style according to Theravada Buddhism school. Typical works are the city wall, the three-way gate, the main hall, the bell tower with brilliant colors, and delicately carved reliefs.

At Xiem Can Pagoda, you can also learn about the typical customs, beliefs, or life of the Khmer people in the Southern River region.

Reference Price: Free admission

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Currently, I'm the founder and responsible for the content on Explore One Vietnam travel website. After many trips, I have accumulated a lot of experience in traveling to Vietnam, so I want to share these things with international tourists.

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