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Perfume Pagoda

Perfume Pagoda

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Located in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda is in a big complex of Buddhist temples and shrines. It is built inside Huong Tich limestone cave. Therefore, in Vietnam it is called Huong Tich pagoda.

Its religious festival draws a large number of pilgrims from across Vietnam for three months after Tet holiday. It is a stunning destination for tourists as well.

After 2.5 hour driving just 65 km from Hanoi city, you will get to Huong Son Commune. Be surprised at the charming scenery is what tourists have experienced. However, it is just the begining.

First, you take a sampan rowed by a local lady along Yen river. Stop to visit Trinh temple built in 15th century for worshiping one of four most important Vietnamese gods. Continue your cruise along green rice fields offering many beautiful photos.

After one hour, you arrive Thien Tru pagoda. It is an old pagoda in charming nature. However, the orignal pagoda was destroyed by the French soldiers in 1947. It was rebuilt in 1986 and completed in some years later. Surely, bring an extra memory card for beautiful photos. This pagoda is believed to be the first built in the 1400s in the huge complex.

After Thien Tru, enjoy beautiful view along 1 hour trekking. During your trek, you will pass some pagodas and temples like Tien Son, Giai Oan, Cua Vong... In the end, you arrive at a big limestone cave called Huong Tich. This is Perfume pagoda and this name is used for the whole complex. For Vietnamese people, we call Chua Huong (Perfume pagoda).

Here, many pilgrims come for blessings from the stalactites and stalagmites. For example, many people who have no girls seek fertility from Nui Co (the girl) and no boys pray at Nui Cau (the boy), while other people pray at other stalactites and stalagmites for prosperity including the Heap of Coins (Dun Tien), the Gold, Silver Tree...

other highlights of hanoi

dien huu pagoda
quan thanh temple
tran quoc pagoda
thay pagoda
tay phuong pagoda
but thap pagoda
all hanoi temples, pagodas
all museums for vietnam tours

hanoi old quarter
water puppet
ho chi minh complex
hoan kiem lake
museum of ethnology
one pillar pagoda
temple of literature
ngoc son temple
ho chi minh mausoleum

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