Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda being the fairytale on earth

Coming to Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, you will live in a tranquil space with a beautiful fairytale landscape.

The pagoda locates 14 kilometers away from the ancient capital of Hue, to the west, in Dong Cham village (Hon Vuon – Gibbon Mount), Huong Ho ward, Huong Tra town, Thua Thien – Hue province, Vietnam. Huyen Khong stands in the middle of the natural forest and is one of the most beautiful temples in Hue.

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A corner in Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda. @alice.le1310

A wooden bridge spanning a small stream full of purple lilies takes the pilgrimages into Thanh Tam Vien, the front yard of the Buddhist temple. You will discover the tranquil atmosphere of this temple following Theravada Buddhism.

About Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

From the city center, you cross Trang Tien Bridge and pass Thien Mu Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, along a small road to Cham Mountain. Then, pure beauty will captivate your look. The fanciful in the morning dew of Huyen Khong Son Thuong pagoda lies quietly hidden in a green forest.

The architects who built this temple improved the ancient architectural value and the importance of nature. These two factors create a unique beauty that we cannot see except in this place.

The main hall of the pagoda has the architectural style of the traditional communal house in this ancient capital, taking the harmony with nature. Here, the religious role is eased to focus solely on the tranquil meditation space.

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A walking way in Huyen Khong Son Thuong. @nn.thanhtung

1. History of Huyen Khong Son Thuong

In 1988, in response to the program of greening bare land and hills of the State, the temple applied for 50 hectares to plant trees for the forest.

Although it was quite hard to make a living at the beginning, the monks at the pagoda worked hard and combined with the sincere Buddhists, to build the spacious temple and the forest like today.

The pagoda had to hire additional workers to keep up with the progress of growing plants for the forest.

Over the past years, from a poor and arid hilly region, without a shadow of tall trees, now the plants have covered with immense green color, creating a cool and fresh natural environment.

The road to the pagoda is a bit complicatedly winding, but you will admire a beautiful view of nature there. The deeper you go into the forest, the more you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful space, like being lost in a fairyland.

2. Architectural beauty

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda has a total area of ​​about 10,000 square meters, covering two main spaces, including External Temple and Inernal Temple.

External Temple

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The external view of Huyen Khong Son Thuong. @nam.phi

An outside temple is a place for Buddhists to come to study, do blessings, make offerings, as well as a place for visitors to visit.

In the external area, there are architectural works, such as The Main Temple, Purple Cloud Shrine (Am mây tía), Nghinh Luong Temple, Guest House, Public Hall, Tinh Trai Hall, Monk House, Coc Lieu Chu Tang, and sub-works.

Main Temple: Huyen Khong Son Thuong follows the North Buddha, the main hall worships Sakyā Muni Buddha and Buddha’s relics. Using wood as the main material creates beautiful features in harmony with nature. All styles have sophisticated Hue architecture. This place is used for meditation.

Purple Cloud Shrine (Am mây tía): This area is the working place, welcoming guests of the abbot whenever visitors come to visit. Around this site, there are 5 beautiful groups of golden bamboos, creating a very green space. The Purple Cloud Shrine has an open architecture for nature, trees, and flowers to enter the house.

Nghinh Luong Temple: The monks use this space of about 50m2 to display Vietnamese and Chinese calligraphy, paintings, statues, artwork, flowers, and ornamental plants. With crocheted tiles, empty three sides, open space is designed to rest and drink tea of the visitors.

Guesthouse: Area about 60m2, located behind Nghinh Luong Dinh, includes 1 large room and 4 small rooms, for 5 to 7 Buddhists or far-away guests temporarily stay at work. The material is also tile and wood, where the guests temporarily stay when coming to have business at the pagoda.

Tinh Trai Duong: An area of ​​about 120m2 is the kitchen, the dining room for the monk.

Coc Lieu Chu Tang: Usually reserved for long-time, old monks.

Coc Lieu Chu Ni: Usually reserved for nuns from far away to study and meditate.

The ordinary works will be the area for monks and nuns living, including wells, storage tanks, water pumps that serve essential needs.

Internal Temple

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Inside the pagoda. Photo: FB Huyen Khong Son Thuong

The internal temple house is a perfectly tranquil place for meditation. This place will completely isolate us from the world around us.

Only a practitioner of Samatha (meditation) and Vipassanā (insight meditation) can come here.

The model is similar to Zen forests in Thailand and Myanmar. Meditation and insight contemplation help people stabilize their physiological mentality, regulate yin and yang (peaceful mind, and good health), dispel all troubles. This path of self-saving can open to supporting other people.

3. Artspace

The rocky grass garden stands out with a 3-ton Buddha statue on a 3-meter-high lotus-bud stone pillar. Under the feet are two small ponds with the shape of lotus leaves. A stone cave inside has an ascetic Buddha statue. Right next to it is the Loc garden designed with white stone, and there is the turning of the wheel of dharma. In front of them are 5 rocks with empty space, representing the 5 seats of the 5 Venerable Kieu Tran Nhu.

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A beautiful lake in Huyen Khong Son Thuong. @thesunoftay

Ngu Ho: There are 5 large lakes called Ngu Ho, where you can enjoy tranquility and poetic nature. In which, Ho Nguyet Dam appears beautifully with the purple color of water lilies. Thuy Nguyet Dam, Son Anh Ho, and Vọng Oa Dam are completed.

Calligraphy court: Opposite of pine hill, the other side of Sơn Ảnh Hồ. The calligraphy court is the place to display calligraphy according to the seasons in the year.

4. Notes to go to Huyen Khong Son Thuong pagoda

With Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, you can come any day of the year. However, you need to choose your best time to visit Hue to come to this pagoda.

On common days, the space here will be a lot quieter. If you come to the temple on public holidays, or Tet holidays, you will see a bustling scene, laughter echoes through the mountains.

When you go to the temple, it is better you can go with a local. And in case you cannot find the way, ask the people around to avoid getting lost!

You should wear long-sleeved clothes when visiting the temple, as well as create convenience when you perform the Buddha ceremony.

Use insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and insects because the pagoda in the forest has a lot of trees.

With the overview of Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, we hope you can find useful information to plan your trip to explore this pagoda.

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