Tay Thien Temple: Birthplace of Vietnamese Buddhism

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(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...]

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Experiencing Vinh Phuc Tourism

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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

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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 … [Read more...]

Lanterns lit in city pagodas to celebrate Buddha’s birthday

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

A trip to Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery

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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 … [Read more...]

Red River seeks tourists by the boatload

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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

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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...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 10/4

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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 … [Read more...]

Largest statue of Buddha inaugurated in Vinh Phuc

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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 … [Read more...]

Largest statue of Buddha erected in Vinh Phuc

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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 … [Read more...]

Biggest sapphire Buddha statue inaugurated in Vinh Phuc

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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 … [Read more...]

Misty Mountain 

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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) … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 18/11

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 … [Read more...]

Where children can learn life skills?

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery offers serenity

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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...]

Prize giving for wildlife protection painting contest in circus

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(CPV) - A prize-giving ceremony for the painting contest on "Life of wildlife in the circus" was organized by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) in the Vietnam bear rescue centre, Tam Dao national park. The first prize was presented to Duong Doan Anh Minh from Hanoi, with the work named "Bringing fun to you, my nightmare". "The concept of animal welfare is still very new in Vietnam. Our goal when organizing this contest is that it not only introduces the concept of animal welfare to the … [Read more...]

Hanoian wins painting contest on Vietnam’s wildlife animals in circus

Hanoian Duong Doan Anh Minh has become the winner of a painting competition on wildlife animals' life in the circus in Vietnam, launched by the Hong Kong-based animal protection organization Animals Asia. Minh won the contest open to all people living and working in Vietnam with his painting that depicts an elephant, tied with ropes and chains, standing on a ball and giving a performance while being threatened with bullhooks. … [Read more...]