Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

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Originally established in the 17th century, Thien Mu Pagoda remains one of nation's oldest and best-preserved religious buildings. Situated on the Perfume River, the temple rises in seven tiers, each dedicated to human forms taken by Buddha during his road to Enlightenment. Upon your arrival, notice the wooden temple guardians with real human hair as beards near the entrance. Inside the compound, you can visit the monastic buildings, a large cemetery, and a beautifully maintained garden of pine trees. Make Thien Mu Pagoda part of your personalized Hue itinerary using our Hue trip builder site .
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  • Nice little operating Buddhist temple. Worth a quick visit but. It much more than that. If you’ve seen large temples in China or Korea, not too interesting  more »
  • Admission is free. There is a temple on the back of the tower and you can see it soon. There are a lot of group tours, and there are many souvenir shops next to the car park nearby.
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  • We recommend a Journey by dragon Boat!! The Pagoda is really a nice Sight, at First you just think, okay a little small, but the Garden at the back is really nice and relatively large.
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  • Very picturesque temple nearly overlooking the Perfume river Walled landscaped gardens, Could be quite a peaceful place if there were no tourists (myself included). No entrance fee, no hawkers chasing you to buy things. A few very well presented young monks walking around adding some serene ambiance to the whole experience. An enjoyable trip by Dragon Boat along the Perfume river to visit.
  • Popular place with free entry. I felt that the serenity of the place was very much disrupted by the flocks of tourists coming by buses. If only we knew to be a little more considerate of the monks who spend their lives there :)
  • This is a popular free entry site which is pretty easy to tag on to a visit to the Imperial City as it is a short drive further down the river. We arrived by Grab car but many coach parties come here and you can of course come by boat taxi. As others have said it can be busy here and although it is in a beautiful location, photographs will be hard to capture without other tourists in the way. Be patient or as we did, come when the weather is very wet! There are steep steps at the entrance so access could be an issue and it is fair to comment that the pagoda itself is suffering from wear and tear. I found myself wishing to be able to see inside but there is only ground floor access. This is a working Buddhist monastery and so it is probably more interesting to explore the grounds and see how the monks live now. There are still some beautiful parts to the monastery and it is slightly bizarre that the car is the star attraction. The story behind the car isn't explained well for people who do not know enough about Vietnam's recent history. In all, this is definitely a must see place in Hue and offers some modern as well as older history, some photo opportunities and a pleasant place to visit for an hour or two.
  • An interesting little pagoda and temple a short way out of the city center of Hue. You don't need a lot of time here to see the buildings, but it's definitely worth the trek out. We took some Grab Bikes from the Imperial Palace which was pretty safe as the roads weren't too busy. Was a bit of a pain to get back, but if you can ignore all the people trying to sell you boat tickets or other things, you'll be fine.
  • This temple is beautiful and sitting on a hill alongside the river with great views out over the countryside. The grounds are well maintained and very interesting. I was very interested in the automobile used by the monks to transport to Saigon for the protests against the suppression of Buddhism. Definitely can spend a morning here exploring!
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