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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  • This is a beautiful example of a pagoda. You would spend a maximum of 30 mins to an hour here. There is also the car that transported the famous self immolation monk to Saigon so he could burn himself...  more »
  • The pagoda is a great spot to check out and has views that are great out upon the river and effectively maintained gardens. The pagoda itself has a serene air, and also in case you really want to view...  more »
  • Although a small and quick visit (about 30 mins would do it), this really one of the best to visit. Not ruined by wars or hurricanes, it's splendor is there for all to see. The decorated ceramic walls...  more »
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  • Another iconic site in hue. Entrance is free as it is a running temple. I was lucky enough to watch the monks in their daily tasks and loved the experience. They say the sunset from here is beautiful but, alas, I was too late to truly enjoy it.
  • This attraction was great, I really enjoy that it was free. The pagoda was big and beautiful, really cool. The monks walking around were neat to see. And all of the beautiful bonsai.
  • Pagoda of the Celestial Lady A group of seven of us visited the Thien Mu Pagoda on 18th January 2018 late in the evening. This was not really the best time to visit the pagoda as it was rather dark. The guide explained to us that this pagoda had been built in 1601 by the then Emperor. According to the folklore or legend, an old woman had appeared at the top of the hill, where the pagoda now stands, and said that a pagoda built here would bring prosperity to the country and the people. The Emperor on hearing this started building the Thien Mu Pagoda at this location and it is named after the celestial lady who appeared on the hill. The pagoda is located in a very scenic location overlooking the Perfume river. It had been renovated and expanded many times and had suffered heavily during the war in 1943 – but renovated in 1973. The octagonal tower built in 1864 is the most prominent structure in the temple complex. It is 14 metres high with seven successive levels at 2 metres each. Each of these represent different stages of Gautama Buddha during the time he spent to attain enlightenment. Thien Mu in the past had been a place that revolted against the establishment in the sixties to protect the rights of budhists. This is a must see location if you are in Hue.
  • It is one of the must see experiences in Hue! Take a riverboat down the Perfume River to the steps of this Pagoda next to the river! When you are lucky you might escape the noisy Chinese Tourist groups who shows no respect for these sacred places...because situated in a very tranquil surrounding it caters for a spiritual experience which could be ruined by the overload Chinese groups with their for ever posing stances taking photos!
  • The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady (Vietnamese: Chùa Thiên Mụ; also called Linh Mụ Pagoda) is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city,[1] and the temple has often been the subject of folk rhymes and ca dao about Huế. The pagoda sits on the Hà Khê hill, in the ward of Hương Long in Huế. It is around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the Citadel of Huế constructed by the Nguyễn Dynasty and sits on the northern bank of the Perfume River.
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