For generations, Thien Mu Pagoda has always been one of the outstanding symbols of Hue Ancient Capital. Referring to Thien Mu Pagoda, people not only think of an ordinary tourist destination but also one of the sacred and spiritual places of Hue.
Where is Thien Mu Pagoda?
Located on Ha Khe hill and reflecting on the romantic Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda (also known as Linh Mu) is located on Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street, Kim Long, Hue City. From Hue city center, it only takes about 10-15 minutes to visit this famous pagoda.
History and Origin of Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda is known as one of the first temples built in Hue. According to many ancient documents, Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1601 under the Nguyen Dynasty. During a pilgrimage to prepare a good terrain for the construction of the Nguyen dynasty, Lord Nguyen Hoang rode a horse along the Perfume River and came to a small hill called Ha Khe. After realizing that this place looked like a dragon turning its head, the Lord built a pagoda facing the Perfume River on Ha Khe hill and named it Thien Mu.
In 1862, when he was longing to have children to continue the family line, because he was afraid that the word “Thien” would offend heaven, King Tu Duc changed Thien Mu to Linh Mu, in 1869, this king allowed to use the name Thien again. I’m the same as before. That’s why today, this ancient temple is known as both Linh Mu and Thien Mu.
What is special about Thien Mu pagoda architecture?
Referring to Thien Mu Pagoda, people will think of the first 7-storey and 21-meter-high Phuoc Duyen tower built in front of the pagoda. Each floor of the tower here worships a Buddha image. Inside Phuoc Duyen tower is a spiral staircase leading to the top floor to worship the golden Buddha.
The main gate leading to Thien Mu pagoda is Tam Quan gate, which has a structure of 2 floors and 8 roofs. The gate has 3 paths, each of which has a wooden plank door bound with copper nails and belts. In particular, both sides of the path have a guardian statue guarding the temple with the hope that this temple will always be peaceful.
The main hall of Thien Mu Pagoda is Dai Hung Palace, where worships Di Lac Buddha with big ears with the desire to hear all the sufferings of sentient beings and a big belly to tolerate people’s mistakes. Above Dai Hung Palace is a large painting engraved with 4 words “Linh Thuu Cao Phong”.
In addition, Thien Mu Pagoda also has many special architectural works such as: Dia Tang Palace, Quan Am Palace, the tomb of the late monk Thich Don Hau … and bronze bells and stone steles.
If you have the opportunity to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, you can not only discover the unique spiritual architecture or pray for peace, but also immerse yourself in the peaceful and pure atmosphere here.