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Pagoda landscape lights up the night on the slopes of the Phu Nam Do mountain in Vietnam’s central province of Kontum. The landscape, which is a mix of ancient architecture, natural beauty and modern design, was given a makeover by an architect and artist, but the lighting system is designed by a photographer.
The Pagoda landscape, also known as Pagoda Mountain, is also known as Phu Tuong Mountain. Originally, the mountain was not a Pagoda, but a Buddhist temple. From the 17th to the 19th century, the Pagoda was used as an important center of Buddhism in central Vietnam. In 1974, the Pagoda was placed on the World Cultural Heritage list. A total of 962 structures were listed on the UNESCO List, including the Pha Hang Pagoda, which is also known as the Golden Pagoda, the Golden Roof Pagoda, the Red Pagoda, the White Pagoda and many more.
The pagodas are located in the western part of Vietnam and some are even connected by a wooden bridge. The pagodas also serve as tourist attractions as well as places for Buddhist prayers and worship.
Phu Nam Do Pagoda (Golden Pagoda)
Phu Nam Do Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is the largest pagoda in the world and can be found in the pagoda landscape on the slopes of the Phu Nam Do Mountain in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its name refers to its shining golden roof and it is said to hold the Buddha’s relics. The pagoda, which has a total of 21 altars in its interior, was built in the late Ming Dynasty, from 1636 to 1643, during the reign of the Ming dynasty king, the emperor Chongzhen.
The Phu Nam Do Pagoda sits at a height of 13,979 feet (4239 m) and is an active place of Buddhist worship. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam and many pilgrims visit it each year. The Phu Nam Do Pagoda is connected to the neighboring White Pagoda, but in order to maintain the pagoda’s beauty and to avoid structural damage from the wind, pilgrims cannot enter it. Tourists can only see the exterior from the outside.
The pagoda is one of the most important places in the country, and people come to pray, to make merit, and to seek enlightenment. There is a popular belief that those who see the pagoda on a dark moon or the full moon day will be able to achieve enlightenment.
Phu Nam Do Pagoda (Golden Roof)
Phu Nam Do Pagoda is also the name of another pagoda situated next to it, which has a smaller but similarly-shaped golden roof. It is said to be the oldest pagoda in Vietnam.
However, according to historians, there is no such thing as the Golden Pagoda. It is a legend started by Vietnamese soldiers during the time of the Vietnamese Independence war who, while under siege, saw the Phu Nam Do Pagoda as a golden pillar in the sky. The name stuck.
A famous Vietnamese legend in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is also linked to this pagoda. According to the legend, the pagoda was built to protect travelers against evil. This legend has now been used by various artists to make sculptures and paintings of this pagoda.
The Golden Roof of the Phu Nam Do Pagoda
The Phu Nam Do Pagoda is situated in Phu Xuan District, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. It is also near Thong Nhat Park.
A special feature of the temple is that pilgrims can watch a movie in order to achieve enlightenment. A movie of a certain length is shown every night.
There are many pilgrims who make the five-day pilgrimage to the Golden Roof of the Phu Nam Do Pagoda, which are all offered an “enlightenment”.
These pilgrims have a lot of things in common: They wear the national flower garlands of all countries, they carry a rosary, they are all Buddhists, and they sing and recite scriptures.
The Golden Roof
The Golden Roof, the most famous structure of the temple, is made of gold and takes the form of a Buddhist tower. It can be easily recognized on the pagoda.
The Golden Roof contains many smaller smaller pagodas. These pagodas are actually made of wood, although they are decorated with the golden roofs of the pagoda.
On each of the roof pagodas is a small painting of Buddha. Some of the pagodas have a number of small statues in the interior of them. There are also statues of the guardian protectors and protectors inside the Golden Roof pagodas.
If we look from afar, the pagoda looks like an arch in the middle of the temple. The Golden Roof is very high, with each of the towers reaching the height of more than ten meters.
There are lots of gold ornamentations around the Golden Roof, they also light the place up. The temple was built in the reign of the 17th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty: Tôn Trần Thục Phán (1640-1687).
The pagoda was completed in 1770.
During the reign of the 18th Emperor, Le Dương Hoàng, Thúy Hằng was made the head of the temple. He was an ambitious, wise, and charitable official who held the post of governor of Thừa Thiên–Huế. The temple and city of Huế received a lot of benefits from Le Dương Hoàng. The pagoda was named after him.
In the past, the pagoda was one of the most popular and the most sacred place in Huế. During the reign of Le Dương Hoàng, there were two lotteries. The first one was for the crown prince.
The second one was for all people in Huế and the people who entered the temple. The head of the lottery office was called the Grand Master. People would come to the temple for a lotteries twice a month, which was done from sunset to 10 o’clock in the night.
Although the temple is in a relatively poor state, the pagoda is the largest in the whole Huế. Each of the towers is a bit heavy. When people climbed up to the top of the pagoda, they could see the whole Hòa Hảo Mountain.
Today, this temple is known as the “Tự Lự Temple” (Tự Lự means “The Temple of the Self-Sacrificial Martyr.”). For the past 500 years, a temple and a pagoda has been built here. Nowadays, there are more than 200 statues inside the temple.
The tower on top of the pagoda is considered to be the biggest structure of the temple. It is also one of the largest pagodas in the world. From this point, people could see Huế on the riverbanks.
Tôn Đức Thắng Gate is located on the south side of the temple. This gate has the character of its name. The name is “Tôn Đức” which means “Concord.” The original shape of