Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda

Sitting pretty on the banks of the Perfume River a short distance outside of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, at seven storeys, has become the symbol of the city. Built in 1844, this octagonal tower is considered one of Vietnam’s most beautiful religious sites and its name, fittingly, translates as ‘Heavenly Lady’. At 21 metres tall, each of its storeys is dedicated to a manushi-buddha – a Buddha in human form. The pagoda is part of a larger monastery complex which along with halls and pavilions, includes a memorial to Thich Quang Duc, a monk who self-immolated himself in the 1960s. The pagoda is most picturesquely admired, rising out from among the trees, from the river.

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Five Facts About Thien Mu Pagoda

Within the Thien Mu complex is a bell that was cast in 1710

The memorial to Thich Quang Duc is an Austin motorcar, which he used to drive to Saigon for his act of protest

Legend tells that an old lady appeared on the hill where the pagoda stands to proclaim that the Lord would come and build a Buddhist pagoda on this spot for the country’s prosperity

Thien Mu is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam

Thien Mu means ‘Heavenly Lady’, thought to be the old lady of the legend

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