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Tu Hieu Pagoda Introduction
Tu Hieu Pagoda is the pilgrimage place where the Hue people usually come to every full moon, at the end of the month and the holidays. In 200 pagodas scattered in the ancient capital of Hue, Tu Hieu is one of the most sacred pagodas that you must pay a visit to.
The History of Tu Hieu Pagoda
according to history, the Tu Hieu Pagoda was just a small shrine namely Thao Am built by the monk Nhat Dinh. He lived with his elderly mother. When his mother got sick, the doctor said that she needs some fish and meat to have enough nutrition so she could recover. Unhesitated he went to the market to buy some fish to cook the soup for his mom. He was a Buddhist monk so he got a lot of bad fame about killing animals. But the emperor Tu Duc- the 4th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty also a very dutiful son who heard about this story. Appreciate and admire his sacrifice and duty, he built the pagoda and named it Tu Hieu Pagoda ” Dutiful Son Pagoda”.
The eunuchs under the Nguyen dynasty regularly visited and donated money to work on remodeling and expanding the pagoda with a desire to have a peaceful burial area at the Buddha’s land. So Tu Hieu Pagoda Hue is the only pagoda in Vietnam that has the burial area of the Nguyen Dynasty eunuchs.
Tu Hieu pagoda address.
Located in Duong Xuan Village, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue City on a hill surrounded by green pine forest. Tu Hieu Pagoda is just about 5 km from Hue city center. The way to Tu Hieu is quite easy and shady. Visitors come here not only to practice the “meditation” of Buddhism but also to learn a historic, cultural relic associated with the feudal Nguyen dynasty.
What to see at this famous pagoda?
Over time, despite being much ravaged but the overall architecture of the pagoda is almost intact. The structure of the pagoda consists of several sections: Temple gates, Garden, main shrine, and the back house. The Temple gate is built in a curve style, step through the gate you will meet a semicircular lake planting the lotus flowers and fish.
The main shrine was constructed in the style of connecting rooms, in the middle of the main shrine is the big Buddha statue. Behind is an altar to worship general Le Van Duyet and other gods. On the campus of the pagoda, there are a lot of fruit trees and a lake bent around the intertwining tombs of the previous monks. In particular, Tu Hieu Pagoda is also the burial place of the Nguyen Dynasty concubines and nearly 30 graves of eunuchs.
Moreover, From January 4, 2020, Tu Hieu Pagoda Thich Nhat Hanh is the place where the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh lives after returning to Vietnam to recuperate until his death. Since then, Tu Hieu Pagoda Hue Vietnam has been visited by many Buddhist monks and nuns, visitors from all over the world. They have been traveling here to worship as well as the desire to meet the Zen master.
How to get there?
It is easy to get to this pagoda. So you can ride a bike, drive a scooter with helmets. If not, you can book Hue City Tour By Private Car via Best Hue City Tour. If you would like to visit all the Unesco World Heritages in Hue such as Thien Mu pagoda, Hue Royal Tombs, Hue Imperial Citadel. You should book Hue City Tour 1 Day or Hue Deluxe Group Tour. Not only exploring the famous must-see places but also listening to the myths, ancient secrets from our local tour guide.
Tu Hieu pagoda Hue entrance fee
Because this is a pagoda so there is no entrance fee for this site. So that why you can visit this pagoda from 7 am to 7 pm every day. If you love Buddhist Chanting, Tu Hieu Pagoda meditation, you should be at Tu Hieu Pagoda at 4:30 to enjoy and immerse yourself into the Buddhism theories from the monks of Tu Hieu. Exploring Tu Hieu Pagoda Vietnam, you should keep quiet, wear polite clothes covering your chests, your knees and respect the pagoda environments.