Yên Tử, Hương and Bái Đính pagodas in northern Việt Nam are popular destinations for spring pilgrimages. —VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — Yên Tử, Hương and Bái Đính pagodas in northern Việt Nam are popular destinations for spring pilgrimages.
Quảng Ninh Province’s Yên Tử relic is located atop Yên Tử Mountain in the Đông Triều range.
With its sacred pagoda made from bronze at 1,000m above the sea, it is a popular destination for many people in the north.
Besides Yên Tử relic, there are many small temple and pagodas as well as streams and a statue of Emperor Trần Nhân Tông.
Trần Nhân Tông was the third emperor of the Trần Dynasty from 1278 to 1293.
The Hương Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest spring festivals in Việt Nam. It lasts for nearly three months from the 6th of the first lunar month.
The peak of the festival is from the full moon in January to the 18th of the second lunar month. Tens of thousands of people come every day, causing huge crowds and pushing the cost of services up.
Along with Hương and Yên Tử pagodas, Bái Đính Pagoda in Ninh Bình Province is one of the three most famous spiritual places in the country.
The Bái Đính Pagoda Complex has an area of 1,700ha including the old and new pagoda areas and others such as a cultural park and Buddhist academy.
It has Asia's largest gold-plated bronze Buddha statue and the longest Arhat corridor.
The pagoda has been renovated and upgraded on the foundation of an ancient pagoda. — VNS