Thien Tru Pagoda

Thien Tru Pagoda, Hanoi

Thien Tru Pagoda
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LivingThe Q
Colorado Springs, CO785 contributions
A Must See!
Nov 2019
The final tour that we took in Vietnam from Hanoi was the Perfume Pagoda tour. It is a day trip that takes you along a river with beautiful scenery to a complex of several different pagodas as well as the actual Perfume Pagoda, which is located in a cave at the top of Perfume Mountain. The tour started with a visit to the Thien Tru Pagoda, which is at the heart of the temple complex. The Thien Tru Pagoda is over 500 years old and is truly spectacular with wonderful architecture, artwork, and cultural features.

We visited during the offseason, but from January to March, during the festival season, it is extremely busy as thousands of people come to Perfume Pagoda. To enter Thien Tru Pagoda, you walk up a series of stairs and go through a typical Buddhist arch entry with three openings. The openings represent past, present, and future with the center opening being the present. The main courtyard features two large, gold lions guarding the main temple. It is an active temple and there are offerings inside of the temple and monks can be seen walking around in their orange robes.

In addition to the interesting architecture, the surrounding mountains and trees make it even more beautiful. We were some of the only people visiting during our time at Thien Tru Pagoda, but we weren’t completely alone as we did see a snake climbing one of the gates. Since it was fairly colorful, we didn’t get too close as we didn’t know if it was poisonous. We took about an hour walking around the pagoda complex and looking at all of the amazing details.

The age of the temple is quite apparent as many of the buildings and stupas are weather worn and the details have faded. The overall experience of walking the grounds of Thien Tru Pagoda is something that make this a worthwhile trip for anyone visiting Hanoi. From the golden Buddha statues, ornate decorations, unique buildings to the natural environment surrounding it, the time spent in Thien Tru Pagoda was one of our favorite memories from Vietnam.
Written January 2, 2020
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ACT1,594 contributions
Magnificent and extensive Pagoda
Oct 2016 • Friends
Thien Tru Pagoda is absolutely stunning. The pagoda itself is superb but the surrounds are equally as spectacular. It is positioned in a prime location with peaceful surrounds and the unique architecture of the pagoda contrasts against these surrounds. This pagoda is visited by local pilgrims and Buddhists, but also has international visitors aspiring to explore its surrounds and admire its beauty. It is known as "Heavens Kitchen Pagoda" but I am not sure why. Its unique architectural characteristics are amazing, the woodwork on the doors and drawings around the pagoda are masterpieces.

Coming through the entrance gate, you will enter onto a courtyard with both sides having cottages which are used to house the pilgrims on festive days. Across the yard onto the next level of the pagoda is also another courtyard with its centre piece being a huge incensory which is 3 metres high for burning incense. Moving through this area you enter into another level with another courtyard through a three-gate entrance connecting to the space where Buddha is worshipped. The spaces are defined and each highly decorated with craved doors and elaborate interiors.

There are so many facets within this pagoda to look at, the colours are intense and decorations incredible. It is easy enough to spend at least an hour looking around so allow enough time to really appreciate the exquisiteness and extensiveness of the entire area.
Written September 11, 2017
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Mackay, Australia156 contributions
Heaven's Kitchen Pagoda
Nov 2015 • Solo
The beautiful Pagoda was built in 1,467 under King Le Thanh Tong. It was destroyed during the French era but restored. In the middle of the courtyard is a tower made of granite. It is a peaceful, beautiful setting with unique architecture of the pagoda.
Written October 24, 2016
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North Carolina176 contributions
Best pagoda in Hue
Dec 2015
This pagoda is interesting, beautiful and in a lovely location. It is of great historical interest, one of the few dating prior to the Nguyen regime in Hue. Worth exploring all of it.
Written January 17, 2016
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