Thien Vien Truc Lam, Da Lat

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Explore a peaceful compound near Tuyền Lăm Lake at Thien Vien Truc Lam, which practices the teachings of Zen Buddhism. As you approach the holy site, notice the prominent bell tower and the pagoda's tiled roofs as they contrast the surrounding pine forest. You can access the temple either directly via 61 steps, or go past the lake and climb 222 steps to the main courtyard through the triple-gated entrance. The public area located on a spacious plateau overlooks Benhuit Mountain and contains a ceremonial hall with a lotus-seated Gautama Buddha statue, flanked by guest facilities and a rose garden on the left and a bell tower on the right. The domestic area for monks and nuns remains closed to the public. Using our international travel planner, Da Lat attractions like Thien Vien Truc Lam can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The temple, although crowded shows the background of ZEN Buddhist in Vietnam. ZEN Buddhism was introduced to Vietnam in the 13th century by king Nhan Tong and the religion had gained popularity amongs...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    During the tour climbed on the observation deck, and from there by cable car to the temple. When lifting, Dalat offers spectacular views of both the palms, very beautiful sight (so definitely recommend ropeway riding). At the entrance to the temple, you will need to dress up-close the knees and shoulders, uniform issue for free:) In the Temple of the insanely beautiful, a great number of trees, flowers, tropical plants, all very colorful, well cared for, the absolute harmony with nature. Some flit monks and disciples with forms, bald and grave). Be sure to visit the Central Temple (let's call it so) and throw a coin in a vase in gratitude for donations, a monk will hit it. a stick and a some kind of cosmic sound that to the soul of the place. The same zalezte under the Bell:) and make a wish is very atmospheric. In General, visit the Temple of highly recommend-atmospheric, beautiful, garmnnichno, go from there filled with))
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  • August 2, 2017
    Easy to get there from highway, close to the city. When get there if you don't mind the people then it a nice place with gardens and scenery overlooking pond and hills.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Beautiful and peaceful place you should see in Da Lat. The sculptures and flower gardens are impressive, the air is really refreshing with the wood and the lake near by. If you have time, go around the lake and have some coffee at a small lake view coffee shop, forget all bad things in life...
  • March 19, 2017
    Wonderful place with beautiful sculptures and kind monks. As an American these people were kind and I believe I saw some signs in English. This seems to be good place to pray and get away from modern society.
  • January 5, 2017
    Serene, beautiful, incredible garden. Kind Zen Buddhist monks to greet you. Foreigners are welcomed to come learn to improve their meditation practice - just arrive early to arrange with the Guest Master, a lovely man. Taking the gondola to reach the monastery you fly over the top of a gorgeous pine forest. Highly recommended.
  • June 5, 2017
    The place is quite beautiful and clean, however don't buy the corn. Sucks. The rest
  • March 17, 2017
    A must see place in Da Lat. Ones who are interested in Buddhism should come here to learn more about one of the Vietnamese Buddhist branch. The landscape is amazing for pictures too.

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Long considered a summer retreat town, Da Lat offers plenty of accommodations, great and small, to choose from. Head down to the lake to find the most luxurious options in town, with old French colonial buildings featuring lake-view rooms, spas, and fine-dining restaurants, as well as some newer resort-style options offering ample grounds, golf courses, and scenic views. Head back from the water and the colonial areas to discover simpler hotels and guesthouses, with comfortable rooms, Wi-Fi, and breakfast included, as well as a number of dormitory-style hostels.
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