Tay Thien Temple: Birthplace of Vietnamese Buddhism


(VEN) - Tay Thien is located 600m high mountain in Dai Dinh Commune, Tarn Duong District, Vinh Phuc Province. It is dedicated to fairy Nang Thi Tieu. According to myth, she was conferred the title of Quoc Mau Tay Thien (Mother of the country). In addition to religious structures, Tay Thien has beautiful landscapes with forests, waterfalls and streams. Tay Thien has beautiful landscapes with forests, waterfalls and streams … [Read more...]

Experiencing Vinh Phuc Tourism


Tay Thien is compared to a paradise, with a strong pull on Buddhist pilgrims who wish to discover the wonderful landscape where Buddhist culture and Mother-worshipping culture interfere. Tay Thien is a land hallmarked with ancient cultural traits, spectacular natural scenery hiding lots of mysteries. … [Read more...]

Peaceful Truc Lam Tay Thien zen monastery


Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is located in Dai Dinh Commune, Tam Dao District on Tay Thien Mountain, 85km west of Hanoi. It is considered to be one of the most impressive and peaceful monasteries in Vietnam. Truc Lam Tay Thien features contemporary Buddhist architecture and is located on about 4.5 ha, about 300 m above sea level. In front of the monastery is a large field, while behind it are high mountains with blue pine forest. The hundred-year-old banyan tree strikes its 9 roots deep into the soil in front of Thong temple From Thong temple, tourists can walk up or get on a tram, for VND20,000 a trip, on the smooth asphalt road to the cable car and contemplate the beautiful mountain scenes on both sides From the cable car, the deep blue of the mountains and forests Silver waterfall from the cable car Front of Mau (Mother) temple Many ancient trees have grown up surrounding Quan Temple Two lines of bamboo form "domes" on the way to main worship Gateway to Truc Lam Tay … [Read more...]

Lanterns lit in city pagodas to celebrate Buddha’s birthday


VietNamNet Bridge - Pagodas in HCM City this week have lit seven lotus-shaped lanterns to celebrate the anniversary of Buddha's birth. Vietnamese celebrate Buddha's birthday Giant lotuses on Nhieu Loc Canal The lanterns, which have 24 petals arranged in three layers, will be kept lighting on the Nhieu Loc canal until Saturday. The 2,557 birthday of Buddha falls on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month. City pagodas will also mark the 50th death anniversary of the Venerable Thich Quang Duc, who died of self-immolation in June in 1963 to protest the then American-supported Saigon government's repression of local Buddhists, the HCM City's Buddhist Sangha said. The event will be highlighted by an exhibition featuring Buddhism culture at the Pho Quang Pagoda in Tan Binh District. The exhibition will close on Friday, May 24. Talks about the life of Buddha have also been organised at pagodas where many followers are taking part in incense offerings. In addition, 32 … [Read more...]

Eight records on Buddhism announced

The sapphire statue of Buddha on nirvana in Binh Duong province.

VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Guinness Book Centre on May 16 announced eight Buddhist records on the occasion of Lord Buddha's 2557th Birthday. They include the Vietnam Buddhist Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, which has trained the largest number of monks and nuns. The biggest Buddha statue made from sapphire is at Truc Lam-Tay Thien Zen Monastery in northern Vinh Phuc province. The biggest sapphire statue of Buddha on nirvana in Vietnam is at Hoi An pagoda in southern Binh Duong province. The pagoda that has produced the most number of films on Buddhism is Hoang Phap pagoda in HCM City. AVG is named the TV channel that has produced and broadcast the greatest number of programmes on Vietnamese Buddhism. At present, it has nearly 20 programmes on the theme and two hours dedicated to them every day. Venerable Thich Nhat Tu is the person who has edited and compiled the most books on Buddhism. Nguyen Huong Duong has read the most Buddhist audio books. The biggest … [Read more...]

A trip to Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery


Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is situated in Tam Dao District's Dai Dinh Commune in Vinh Phuc Province. We got on the bus to pay a visit on one cold, foggy Sunday afternoon. This was my first trip to this site, but many of my friends had been there and said it was a good place to come for the fresh air, beautiful landscape and, especially, listening to Buddhist nuns and monks’ preach about Zen. The bus arrived at the monastery at 4pm. We were briefly introduced to the nuns and monks here and participated in the repentance service, which lasted for about thirty minutes. After the service, we took a short break to prepare for seated meditation, which lasted for one hour. … [Read more...]

Red River seeks tourists by the boatload


Sombre ceremony: The Death anniversary of the Hung Kings (Gio to Hung Vuong), the Vietnamese festival to worship Hung Vuong, attracts many visitors to Hung Temple in Viet Tri City annually. It has been a public holiday in Viet Nam since 2007, celebrated on the tenth day of the third lunar month. — VNA/VNSPhoto Minh Quyet … [Read more...]

The wildest places in Vietnam


VietNamNet Bridge ' The nation parks of Phu Quoc, Tam Dao and Bach Ma are listed as the wildest places in Vietnam. Phu Quoc National Park The park is situated in the North-East of Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang and has boundaries with the coastline. It has become an ideal eco-tourist destination. … [Read more...]



Eternal spring from the late Nguyen Van Phuong Painting exhibition 'An Eternal Spring' by the late artist Nguyen Van Phuong opened at Tu Do Gallery in downtown HCMC on Saturday, giving a chance for art lovers to admire the works of their forefather's generation. The show features 45 artworks, consisting of 40 oil on canvas and five lacquers. Phuong's works present a skillful combination of classic art style with inspiration from the nation's history. Phuong's artworks are filled with Vietnamese cultural features of traditional festivals, customs, practices, daily life in spring in Khue Van Cac, Lim Festival, bailing out water at the full-moon night. Characters in his paintings are dressed in traditional costumes with some depicting ancient architecture, recalling times of the past. The colors in Phuong's works are also worth a mention with the five main colors of the basic elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Each work seems to be a story narrated with real images … [Read more...]

Largest statue of Buddha inaugurated in Vinh Phuc


After years of crafting and positioning, the largest jade statue of Buddha in Vietnam has officially been unveiled at the Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery in Tam Dao district, the northern province of Vinh Phuc. The 31-tonne statue is 3.45 metres high, and underlines the Vietnamese people's soul, spirit and love for peace. Work on a 49-metre statue of Buddha, "Peaceful nation, happy people" made of granite was also inaugurated to mark the occasion. Bai Dinh Pagoda - the biggest in Vietnam Asia Book of Records honours dragon statue Southeast Asia's largest Buddha statue inaugurated World largest jade statue of Buddha to be made in Vietnam … [Read more...]

Largest statue of Buddha erected in Vinh Phuc


After years of crafting and positioning, the largest jade statue of Buddha in Vietnam was officially unveiled on Apr. 8 at the Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery in Tam Dao district in the province of Vinh Phuc. The 31 tonne statue is 3.45 metres high and is the largest Buddha statue in the country to date, and underlines the Vietnamese people's soul, spirit and love for peace. Work on a 49 metre statue of Buddha, "Peaceful nation, happy people" made of granite was also started to mark the occasion. Source: VNA Photo: Petrotimes … [Read more...]

Biggest sapphire Buddha statue inaugurated in Vinh Phuc


The 31 tone sapphia Buddha statue i the biggest one of its type in Viet Nam now.- File Photo HA NOI - Thousands of people gathered in the Truc Lam-Tay Thien Zen Monastery yesterday for the inauguration of the world's biggest Buddha statue made from sapphire in Tam Dao District, Vinh Phuc Province. According to the Venerable Thich Kien Nguyet, managing monk of the monastery, the statue weighs 31 tonnes, is 3.45 metres high and made from Vietnamese sapphire. Ha Noi Gem Association deputy chairman Ngoc Chau said the statue was made from six individual blocks of sapphire from central Nghe An Province. The job took three groups of craftsmen more than a year to complete. The Zen Monastery also inaugurated another stone Buddha Statue and kicked off construction of a 49m high Buddha statue and tower on a nearby hill. - VNS … [Read more...]

Misty Mountain 


Relishing a trip to the cradle of Vietnamese Buddhism It was a misty spring day and the winding road taking us up Tam Dao Mountain was made longer by the thick fog that blocked our view of the road. But still, the scenery pierced through the mist and soon we were driving through the remains of old French neighborhoods, dilapidated villas and estates now worn and torn after half a century of neglect. We passed some of Tam Dao National Park's famous sites - like Thac Bac (The Silver Fall) and Rung Rinh peak - and finally reached the slopes of Thach Ban Mountain, one of the Tam Dao range's three greatest peaks. There sits Tay Thien, a well-known complex that is home to a cornucopia of historical Buddhist relics and temples. The complex boasts splendid architecture, rich history and breathtaking natural scenery. We were visiting in hopes that we could pray for luck and happiness this year while it was still spring. We arrived at Tay Thien after three hours on the … [Read more...]


Vietnamese woman owns Michael Jackson memorabiliasVietnamese business woman has become the owner of many memorabilias of the King of pop Michael Jackson, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 50. The collection was given to Phan Phuong Thanh Thao, chairwoman of Khang Thong Corporation, owner of a project of a five-star hotel and amusement park called "Happyland” in the southern province of Long An, by the legendary singer’s father Joseph Jackson, also an investor in the project. The memorabilias include a manuscript of the famous song “We are the world” with the seal of the Jackson’s family and the autographs of many renowned singers who sang the song with him like Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper and Stevie Wonder. The collection also consists of a manuscript of the “Black or White” song written in 1991 in Michael Jackson’s own handwriting, a diamond-studded belt, and a photo book of the singer’s life. In February this year, Joseph Jackson … [Read more...]

Where children can learn life skills?


VietNamNet Bridge - Life skill training centers have been mushrooming in big cities - Hanoi and HCM City - to meet the increasingly high demand. However, where to go to practice life skills is really a headache for parents. Attending "military semester" and going to temples Parents nowadays tend to send their children to military camps or to temples on summer days, because they believe that the children can learn good things in the environment which requires strict disciplines. … [Read more...]

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery

Truc Lam, a Vietnamese Zen sect founded by King Tran Nhan Tong (13 th ), has played an important role in the life of Buddhists in Vietnam for many years. Truc Lam, a Vietnamese Zen sect founded by King Tran Nhan Tong (13th), has played an important role in the life of Buddhists in Vietnam for many years. The largest palace in Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery. Stone steps leading to the three-entrance gate of Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery. A worshipping ceremony in the main chamber of the Monastery's largest palace. Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery on Tay Thien Mountain. Most Venerable Zen Master Thich Kien Nguyet, the verger of Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery, looks like an ordinary man. All Zen followers read prayers before eating vegetarian dishes to commemorate the farmers who produce rice to feed people. The path leading to the Monastery winds its way along the mountain sides. On the way to the dinning hall. Zen followers from other areas visit Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen … [Read more...]

Monastery hosts festival

The annual Tay Thien Festival opened on March 30, the 15th of the second lunar month, at the Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) Tay Thien Zen Monastery in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Located in Dai Dinh commune, Tam Dao district on Tay Thien Mountain, 85km west of Hanoi, it is considered one of the most impressive and peaceful monasteries in Vietnam together with the Zen Monastery in Da Lat in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong and the Yen Tu Monastery in the northern province of Quang Ninh. This year's festival features a van (spiritual) singing by troupes from ten northern provinces since March 26. Other traditional festivities and rituals observed by 30 researchers honour the Goddess of Tay Thien. Legend has it that the Goddess of Tay Thien is Lang Thi Tieu, Hung Chieu Vuong's Queen (2450 BCE), who helped the king defeat invaders and teach the people how to grow rice and develop handicrafts. Apart from the Tay Thien Monastery, she has been worshipped at 71 other … [Read more...]

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery offers serenity


Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is considered to be one of the most impressive and peaceful monasteries in Vietnam. This Zen sanctuary is located on Tay Thien Mountain, which belongs to the Tam Dao mountain range in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Visitors ascend the stairs to the entrance of Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery in the northern province of Vinh Phuc … [Read more...]

Destinations that see repeat visitors


VietNamNet Bridge - Hoi An, Da Nang, Moc Chau, Co To, Ha Giang, Tam Binh and Da Lat are places that travellers like to revisit. Moc Chau 180 km from Hanoi, Moc Chau is a destination not to be missed, especially in late winter and early spring, when many kinds of flowers blossom. Moc Chau is an ideal place to take wedding photos and is home to unique dishes. Moc Chau has long been called Muong Mok, its ancient name meaning the mountain village of cloud and fog. Located in Son La province, Moc Chau Plateau, one of the biggest plateaus in the country, stretches 80km long and 25km wide, and stands about 1,050m above sea level. As a result, its average temperature is a cool 16-26 degrees Celsius. The climate is ideal for resorts and eco-tourism. In the winter, from Pha Luong and Van Ho peak, visitors can view the beautiful Moc Chau plateau in the season of fog. Moc Chau has many tourist attractions, such as a floating market on Da River, Doi Cave, Son Moc Huong Cave, Ang Village … [Read more...]

Vet will fight till last bear is free

Bear care: Weegenaar feeds a bear cub at Tam Dao rescue centre. — Photos courtesy of Animals Asia

by Emily Petsko Annemarie Weegenaar lives in Tam Dao national park, a humble home about 65km northwest of Ha Noi that she shares with 148 bears, and counting. As bear and vet team director of the Tam Dao rescue centre run by Animals Asia in the Red River Delta, she has devoted her life's work to freeing critically endangered bears from their captors. In many parts of Viet Nam, bear bile continues to be extracted in painful and illegal procedures, then marketed and sold as traditional medicine. "I co-ordinate the rescues with the bear and vet team," Weegenaar said. "And although much of my time is indoors these days, I make sure I get to see the bears every day – visiting our new arrivals and seeing their progress, or watching a bear take its first steps outside on the grass." The bear sanctuary spread over 12ha of lush forest resembles an oversized playground. Sun and moon bears, named for the golden-coloured crescents on their chests, amble over to the fence to eye up a rare … [Read more...]