pagodas in Nha Trang

Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang
04Apr

Explore the sacred Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Viet Nam

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sacred Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang

Long Son Pagoda is a popular tourist destination that seduces numerous domestic and foreign travelers in Nha Trang seaside city. Long Son Pagoda along with Kim Than Buddha (Kim Thân Phật Tổ) is the iconic beauty of this charming city

This site is set at No. 20, 23/10 Street, Phuong Son Ward. Namely, it lies at the bottom of Trai Thuy Hill of the city.

The architecture of Long Son Pagoda

A Great Experience Ever

Long Son Pagoda has the other name like Phat Trang Pagoda and Dang Long Pagoda.

It is built on a high land which is surrounded by a wide range of green trees. Thus, space here is extremely fresh and calming. In addition, the site is near bustling roads, which make tourists easily find and come over.

Its gate

When passing by Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, tourists are definitely overwhelmed by its pagoda gate.

The designers have been sophisticated when it comes to creating the gate made of stone and carved with many details. That is why you will feel the solemnity from the first time to visit this pagoda.

It’s history

This pagoda was built by the monk Ngo Chi in 1886 at the peak of Thuy Thuy Hill. Initially, the pagoda was constructed from light materials. After that, Long Son pagoda was ruined. Therefore, the monk Ngo Chi moved it to the current location.

In 1936, according to the wishes of Ngo Chi, the pagoda was donated to Hoi An Nam Buddhist University to become the headquarter of Khanh Hoa (Khánh Hòa) Buddhism. Up to now, Long Son Pagoda was the headquarters of Khanh Hoa Buddhist Church.

Until 1941 the pagoda was restored with the control of President Ton That Quyen (Tôn Thất Quyền) and the layman Vo Dinh Thuy (Võ Đình Thụy). The tile roof of this pagoda was destroyed by the war in 1968. In 1971, Venerable Thich Thien Binh (Thích Thiện Bình) pioneered the restoration of Long Son Pagoda. Until 1975, the restoration was completed about 60% of the original design by the architect Vo Dinh Diep (Võ Đình Diệp).

The campus of this pagoda is over 3000 square meters. From its entrance to the right, there are Khanh Hoa Middle School and Khanh Hoa Buddhist Church headquarters. Besides, the roof of the pagoda is designed in Vietnamese temples’ architectural style with sophisticated details.

What to admire in Long Son Pagoda?

Peaceful Moments

When stepping into the pagoda, its right side will impress you with a stone dragon sculpture with soft lines representing the Ly dynasty. Therefore, it is a suitable spot for people who are architecture enthusiasts.

The main hall of the pagoda is 1,680m2 in width, which allows hundreds of Buddhist and pilgrims to visit and worship. Especially, this venue has a bronze Buddha statue which is 1.6m high and weighs 700kg.

After exploring Long Son pagoda, you can climb 44 steps to reach the top Trai Thuy hill and contemplate the well-known statue of Buddha in the nirvana. Tourists are strongly impressed by the imposing scene here.

At the top of the Trai Thuy Hill, you can admire Kim Than Buddha statue with a calm and relaxed smile in the clear blue sky. On the way to Nha Trang, whether by car or train, visitors can see the white Buddha statue in the blue sky – a beautiful icon of Long Son Pagoda.

From on the top looking down, you can have a chance to enjoy the overall setting of Nha Trang city, along with seductive islands and huge natural forest scene. Below the Buddha, you can easily see an entrance leading to the space of a series of the walls. They are divided into distinct compartments for the remains of the dead people sent by Buddhist families. Thus, this is one factor creating a sacred atmosphere for this place.

A part of spiritual life

On the 1st and 15th of the lunar monthly, many tourists drop by Long Son Pagoda to worship, enjoy the tranquility or to alleviate the stress and pressure from daily life. The great combination of the unique architecture and surrounding natural scene of shady greenery and shady mountain ranges of Long Son Pagoda will leave you memorable impression upon coming back home.

Not only an indispensable part of spiritual life, but Long Son pagoda in the locals’ and pilgrim’s eyes is also the pride of Nha Trang city. It is considered as one of the largest and most beautiful pagodas in this coastal city.

Each day, this site greets a wide array of Buddhists as well as domestic and international travelers to pass by and worship.

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