Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda
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Possibly Hue’s most recognizable landmark, this pagoda contains numerous living and working buildings for its resident monks, a bell tower and a seven-tiered monument in front.
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  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Pagoda and Grounds
    This is a cool place to check out while in Hue, and a quick Grab ride from the Citadel. There is the Pagoda, but many other things to check out on the grounds including a really pretty pond and various statues and buildings. Also, the view of the Perfume River from this location is very nice. To me, the side trip was worth the time.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Moras
    Monaca, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil Beauty: Thien Mu Pagoda's Spiritual Oasis
    Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam, is a serene and spiritually significant Buddhist temple. Its elegant architecture and scenic location by the Perfume River create a tranquil ambiance. The resident monks and nuns offer a warm welcome and insight into Buddhist practices. Whether seeking solace or cultural exploration, Thien Mu Pagoda is a must-visit destination for its serene beauty and spiritual retreat.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,943 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A monk drove from here to protest the war
    This is a must visit in Hue not only for the beautiful pagoda standing by the river but also the point where a monk started his drive from here to protest against the Vietnam war. It was so heartbreaking to see the blue American car he drove but conveys very heavy message that the peace is precious. This place became one of the highlights of my trip. Each stair to the pagoda is huge, you need to step up with energy. The scenery is great to see the river and boats passing by.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Guadalupe
    Bronx, New York4 contributions
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    Captivating atmosphere amidst picturesque scenery
    As we approached Thien Mu Pagoda, nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, an air of tranquility enveloped us. The pagoda's elegant architecture, blending seamlessly with the lush surroundings, created a captivating atmosphere that left us in awe. Upon entering the grounds, we were greeted by the iconic Phuoc Duyen Tower, its seven tiers reaching towards the sky, adorned with intricate carvings and Buddha statues. The tower's reflection shimmered in the nearby lotus ponds, adding to the serene ambiance. We strolled through the meticulously manicured gardens, admiring the vibrant bonsai trees and fragrant flowers that lined the pathways. The gentle breeze carried the soothing sounds of wind chimes, further enhancing the peaceful atmosphere.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Reihaneh
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A serene landmark in Hue
    We visited Thien Mu Pagoda during our trip to Hue and were captivated by its impressive architecture and beautiful, serene grounds. The iconic seven-story tower is a sight to behold. We enjoyed strolling through the peaceful gardens. A worthwhile stop for anyone interested in history and culture while in Hue.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,552 contributions
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    A religious and cultural centre with a lot of history.
    The Thiên Mụ Pagoda (which means “Temple of the Celestial Lady”), was built in 1601 as a rather simple building, but was expanded in later years. It is a central point of Vietnamese culture and religion. It is a beautiful building with a very long history. In 1963 (during the Vietnam War years) there were many anti-government protests over the then South Vietnamese government policies, particularly its policies against Buddhists. Thien Mu Pagoda became a major organising point for the Buddhist movement. It also became the location of hunger strikes, barricades and protests against the government. On the grounds of the Pagoda is housed the Austin car that was driven by Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk. He drove to the centre of Saigon (known today as Ho Chi Minh City) and set himself on fire in what was the first of a series of self-immolations by Buddhist monks, protesting against the government’s religious policies. In this way the plight of Buddhist followers was brought to the attention of the international community.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
  • busybeesbiz
    Singapore, Singapore195 contributions
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    A place of serenity - a UNESCO site
    You can't quite climb up the pagoda but you get quite a peaceful stroll in the grounds. It is a working temple so monks get up at 3.30am to toll the bell. There is a timetable printed on the grounds to inform the visitor what the monks do and when. There is also a hall at which you have to remove your shoes to enter. Beautiful flowers and fruit trees adorn the grounds. Read up before you go. Like many tourist attractions in Hue, there is not much information at the sites.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2024
  • Yvonne S
    31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice ride on the perfume river to get to the pagoda
    Took the dragoon boat on the perfume river to the Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda, at 33 ft high and dates to the 17th century. It was constructed by the emperor as a dedication to some of his historical family members. All around the Pagoda are various Stella with writings in stone. Immediately behind the pagoda is the Buddhist Temple that was constructed in 1844. The Temple is rather impressive with various monks walking around adjusting all the offerings. Behind the temple is some beautiful gardens and the living accommodations for the monks. We heard that shorts were not allowed in the temple, but we noticed many tourists in shorts. The only requirement is to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2024
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fuller100
Melbourne, Australia89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Thien Mu Pagoda was a highlight of our trip to Hue. It doesn’t have the opulence of the other palaces but the quiet serenity and the fact that it is currently lived in as opposed to ‘an attraction’ made it feel quite special. It is in lovely condition and has many beautiful areas that are serene and peaceful. The alter with fruit only as offerings felt less commercialised. There is no entry fee and you can have a prayer in front of the alter. The location is spectacular overlooking the river. Definayely worth a visit.
Written March 13, 2020
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omega132857
Chichester, UK1,972 contributions
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Feb 2020
This was a nice trip on our journey through Hue. The Pagoda was built in 1601, and who's centerpiece is a 21 metre tall tower. When I was growing, I remember seeing a news clip of a man setting himself on fire as a protest. The car he used to get ther to do his protest, is here. Never did I expect, that I would actually end up here one day. What a tragic story.
Written June 29, 2020
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Lucy
Bournemouth, UK166 contributions
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Oct 2019
This pagoda is a must see whilst you're in Hue, it's very historical as it's where a monk lived who has killed himself in protest which is very famous in the photographs of the event. The building itself its very beautiful, we were very fortunate that when we visited the monks were praying, so were got to witness this which was very interesting. Make sure when you visit you go via transportation, we walked, and there wasn't really a path there, so we had to walk along the road which was very difficult.
Written April 16, 2020
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Troels J
Den Bosch, The Netherlands493 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Please read up about this place before visiting; the near history is very touching.

We did the mistake is waking there from the market and as there is no path you end up walking on the street half of the time- not nice.

When leaving the Padoga we took a river boat for VND 200,000 only to find out they were not allowed to bring us back to the Floating Resturant. They had to drop us off on the grass bank; 1 km away - be aware
Written February 25, 2020
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Andrew Y
Singapore, Singapore5,059 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Solo
The Pagoda is iconic. It is a "must see". Nice view of the Perfume River. The most interesting thing for me here is the car used for the suicide. Sad but he is remembered. If you just walk through quickly, you will actually missed "Thien Mu". She is the deity that this Pagoda is named after. She is sitting on the second floor of the entrance facing inwards, so you need to look back to see her. She is wearing her trademark red and green dress.
Written May 7, 2023
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Kelila L
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam4 contributions
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Apr 2023
Its amazing statues, grandeur, captivating atmosphere and magnificent architecture make it a truly unique experience. The seven-storey tower is a sight to behold, and the intricate carvings and decorations are a delight to explore. The tranquil atmosphere, lush gardens and beautiful views of the Perfume River make it a perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of the area.
Written April 8, 2023
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Caison
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May 2023
The tranquil setting and intricate details of the pagoda are a sight to behold. It is a wonderful setting to experience the spiritual ambiance of the pagoda. The seven-storey tower is the tallest religious structure in the country, and its beauty is unparalleled. Inside, visitors can admire the intricate carvings and statues that adorn the walls. The gardens are also a sight to behold, with lush greenery and a tranquil atmosphere. The views of the river from the pagoda are breathtaking, and the whole experience is truly unforgettable.
Written May 20, 2023
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Philip
Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A historic Buddhist temple that overlooks the Perfume River. It is one of the most iconic landmarks of Hue and a symbol of its cultural heritage. The pagoda features a seven-story octagonal tower, a large bell, and exquisite gardens.
Written February 21, 2023
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Ahsan
World4 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
Its impressive architecture, intricate details, and stunning views make it a truly remarkable sight. The peaceful atmosphere and spiritual significance of the pagoda make it an unforgettable experience. From the seven-story octagonal tower to the intricate carvings and statues, the pagoda is a marvel of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Visitors will be in awe of the stunning views of the Perfume River and the city of Hue. Thien Mu Pagoda is an incredible sight and a must-visit destination for any traveler to Vietnam.
Written July 6, 2023
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Moras
Monaca, PA3 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Friends
Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam, is a serene and spiritually significant Buddhist temple. Its elegant architecture and scenic location by the Perfume River create a tranquil ambiance. The resident monks and nuns offer a warm welcome and insight into Buddhist practices. Whether seeking solace or cultural exploration, Thien Mu Pagoda is a must-visit destination for its serene beauty and spiritual retreat.

Written September 2, 2023
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