The Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda) is a complex of pagodas set amidst mountains, forests, lakes and caves, surrounded by vast green rice-growing plains; about 75 km form Southwest of Hanoi. During the trip, enjoy the leisurely 3 -hour sampan boat cruising on the Yen. Trek up to the "temple leading the heaven" and enjoy the surroundings.
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DAY 1: PERFUME PAGODA 1DAY
At 8.00 AM, we pick you up at your Hotel. And depart for the perfume pagoda. The journey takes one and half hours, along the way see everyday Vietnamese village life.
On arrival at Yen Stream you will join our sampan trip for one and half hour for sightseeing beautiful landscapes of rice fields and the elephant mountains .along the way stop at the Taoist temple of Den Trinh (pagoda of representation).
Continue our journey further down the river and arrive at the foot of Huong tich mountain (mountain of the fragrant traces), from where the sampan drops you. A stone flagged path takes you to Thien Tru (pagoda leading to the heaven), built in 17th century and dedicated to the goddess Quan Am. next will be a longer trekking to Huong Tich pagoda, the pagoda Huong Tich is one of the most important to the Mahayana Buddhists of Vietnam and was built in a big cave, when you reach to the top of this mountain, you will be rewarded with the fine view.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle. At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi. End of services
+ Optional visit of HaDong Silk village is charged of 15$/ person
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The Perfume Pagoda, known locally as Chua Huong or ‘inner temple’, is at the centre of a very revered and sacred site featuring a maze of mainly Buddhist temples built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich. At the heart of this complex lies the Perfume Temple or Perfume Pagoda in the Huong Tich Cave.
It is believed that the first temple was built here in the 15th century, although legend declares that the site was actually discovered over 2,000 years ago by a Buddhist monk who was meditating nearby. The mountain foothills are an area of great natural and spiritual beauty filled with streams, tropical plants and temples.
There are many pagodas to visit, each offering a different shrine, most of which are Buddhist although one or two are animist. The Perfume Pagoda attracts pilgrims and tourists seeking good luck from the stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave which have been named according to the individual blessing they can bestow. Dun Tien offers prosperity and Nui Co offers the chance of giving birth to a girl whilst Dun Gao translates as a ‘rice stack’ to those hoping for a bountiful harvest.
The Perfume Pagoda Highlights
The entrance to the vast and mysterious Perfume Pagoda and Huong Tich Cave resembles that of an open dragon’s mouth and is decorated in ancient Chinese letters which translate to ‘first grade cave of the South World’, this writing dates back to 1770.
Inside the cave are many statues carved from green stone which decorate an intricate shrine, including one of Lord Buddha and another of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am. Smooth stalactites and stalagmites also fill the cave which are constantly touched by pilgrims believing them to deliver miracles and good luck. You will find the temple very cool inside and also very busy especially during the days of the Chua Huong festival which lasts from January to April.
It’s well worth taking time to stop and enjoy the view en-route to the temple as the scenery is very interesting, dotted with fruit trees including apricots and medicinal herbs grown by local farmers. Other temples to see within the complex include the Vong Temple, Thuyet Kinh Cave and Thien Son Pagoda.
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