Trúc Lâm Temple: A Look Inside the Buddhist Pagoda On Hon Tre Island

I don’t have any video, however I still want to give you an idea of what the temple is like. To do this then, please play the audio file linked below while viewing the image gallery. The audio is a direct recording of what I heard while walking around this peaceful place. The recording is 3:38 long, so if you’d like to continue listening longer than that, simply restart it. [audio mp3=""][/audio] Notice that there are dozens of wind chimes throughout the pagoda, and since there is a breeze here year round, this pleasant chime rings loud throughout the temple’s exterior. Trúc Lâm Temple is a place of peace, promoting the objectives of recreating the spirit of Zen Buddhism during the Trần Dynasty, which ruled the lands from 1225 to 1400. The architecture is fascinating, with each building having similarly styled walls and roof. The pagoda structure emulates the shape of “quo,” which translates to “the nation” – the traditional architecture of Northern pagodas with shoe-shaped tiles, bow roof and curved endings in the shape of crane, lion and tortoise etc. The whole architecture is featured by ironwood sculptured with patterns of 4 natural sacred animals, cement walls, perrons made of Ninh Binh stone, worship statures and horizontal boards and parallel sentences made by gilded lacquer wood. Trúc Lâm Pagoda is composed of a number of buildings namely Dai Hung Sanctuary, Hau to, Western Lean-to, Eastern Lean-to, Dia Tang temple, Buddist house etc. The highlight of this architecture is the outdoor statue of the Goddess of Mercy, whose left hand lifts a jar and right hand bears a willow branch. She stands with a solemn posture and merciful facial expression while overlooking the sea. The statue is carved from the white stone of Nghe An, with an 8 meter high body and 4.3 meter high pedestal that’s shaped like the waves of the sea. It’s made from cement and iron (total length of the statue is 12.3 meters) is solemnly positioned in the flower garden on the right hand side of the pagoda. You can read some more about the temple from the official page on the Vinpearl website. [charliead]]]>

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