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Binh Thanh tourism: BTO - I visited Co Thach pagoda on a day at the beginning of the week in September 2012. A relatively large number of tourists flocked to here. All sightseeing sites and worshipping places are crowded with people. Besides professional restaurants serving refreshment, there are also many mobile stalls selling souvenirs, seafood specialties, fruit, food and drink ... to set up quickly to satisfy visitors' demands within the holiday seasons. But if there are more convenient roads for taking visitors to some destinations such as: sand hills, fishing villages, Ong temple, etc., Binh Thanh tourism will step by step develop comprehensively. … [Read more...]

After sightseeing Co Thach pagoda, visitors can immediately see sparkling multicolored Ca Duoc rocky expanse which located along the over one-kilometer-long coastline with innumerable colorful and multi-dimensional stones. Especially, this whole large are

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Binh Thanh tourism: Needing favorable conditions to grow BTO - I visited Co Thach pagoda on a day at the beginning of the week in September 2012. A relatively large number of tourists flocked to here. All sightseeing sites and worshipping places are crowded with people. Besides professional restaurants serving refreshment, there are also many mobile stalls selling souvenirs, seafood specialties, fruit, food and drink ... to set up quickly to satisfy visitors' demands within the holiday seasons. But if there are more convenient roads for taking visitors to some destinations such as: sand hills, fishing villages, Ong temple, etc., Binh Thanh tourism will step by step develop comprehensively. The potential of Binh Thanh tourism Perhaps, Co Thach pagoda (Hang pagoda) is one of the first tourist destinations of Binh Thanh. In recent years, Co Thach tourist attraction - Binh Thanh commune, Tuy Phong district has attracted numerous visitors on weekends. Normally, there are 4,000 … [Read more...]

Binh Thanh tourism:

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Needing favorable conditions to grow BTO - I visited Co Thach pagoda on a day at the beginning of the week in September 2012. A relatively large number of tourists flocked to here. All sightseeing sites and worshipping places are crowded with people. Besides professional restaurants serving refreshment, there are also many mobile stalls selling souvenirs, seafood specialties, fruit, food and drink ... to set up quickly to satisfy visitors' demands within the holiday seasons. But if there are more convenient roads for taking visitors to some destinations such as: sand hills, fishing villages, Ong temple, etc., Binh Thanh tourism will step by step develop comprehensively. The potential of Binh Thanh tourism Perhaps, Co Thach pagoda (Hang pagoda) is one of the first tourist destinations of Binh Thanh. In recent years, Co Thach tourist attraction - Binh Thanh commune, Tuy Phong district has attracted numerous visitors on … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (08-07-2015)

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The National Museum of Asian Arts (also known as the Guimet Museum) is the biggest museum of Asian arts in Europe, and is home to the most beautiful collections of Asian arts in the city. It houses precious Vietnamese collections and has organised various traditional concerts to present Vietnamese culture to the French public. Bach Lien talks with Hubert Laot, artistic director of the museum, who visited Ha Noi this week to introduce the museum to the Vietnamese public. The museum is home to precious Vietnamese collections. What objects related to Vietnamese art can visitors see at your museum? Visitors to the museum can view a great collection of Champa art. We also have some dragon sculptures. One of the main attractions is a golden wooden statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with one thousand arms dating from the Le – Nguyen dynasty at the end of 18th and early 19th centuries. It was donated in 1889 by Gustave Dumoutier [assistant to Resident-General of Tonkin Paul Bert, … [Read more...]

Champa artistic items named national treasures

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VGP - Eight ancient exhibits representing the Champa culture are named among the country's 77 national treasures. Champa was an Indic civilization that flourished along the coasts of what is now central and southern Viet Nam for roughly a one thousand year period between 500 and 1500 AD. The remnants of classical Cham art extant today are seen mainly in brick temples, sandstone sculptures in the round, and sandstone sculptures in high and low relief. A few bronze sculptures and decorative items made of metal remain as well. The artistic legacy of Champa consists primarily of sandstone sculptures - both sculpture in the round and relief sculpture - and brick buildings. Some metal statues and decorative items have also survived. Much of the remaining art expresses religious themes, and though some pieces would have been purely decorative, others would have served important functions in the religious life of the Champa, which synthesized elements of Hinduism (especially Saivism), … [Read more...]

One-Pillar Pagoda to be upgraded

Hanoi's ancient One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple in Ba Dinh district, will undergo extensive renovations in the first quarter of next year at a cost of over 18.6 billion VND (875,000 USD). Preparations for the upgrade project are accelerated, according to Ba Dinh district's authorities. The upgrade will involve the main building and courtyard plus the surrounding lake, paths, and facilities. The project is expected to be completed and open for tourists in early the second quarter of 2014. Originally dubbed Dien Huu, which means long-lasting happiness and good luck, the pagoda was built in 1049 at the orders of King Ly Thai Tong. During the Ly Dynasty, to mark Vesak or Buddha's birthday, it was the site where an annual royal ceremony to celebrate the event was held. Legend has it that Ly Thai Tong, who had no children, used to go to pagodas to pray to Buddha for a son. One night, he dreamt that he met Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the Goddess of Mercy, sitting … [Read more...]

Hanoi to spend US$850,000 to restore iconic pagoda

The pagoda has sustained serious damage during the past several years.

Hanoi will spend more than VND18 billion (US$849,057) for the restoration of the Mot Cot - Dien Huu (One Pillar) Pagoda, announced by Ba Dinh District's People's Committee on December 12. Since May, officials from Ba Dinh District, where the pagoda is located, together with the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Venerable Thich Tam Kien, the pagoda abbot, and experts, discussed the pagoda's conditions during several meetings. The meetings were held after Venerable Thich Tam Kien sent an "ultimatum" to the local government. He had sent many letters to local authorities to request the restoration of the pagoda, but officials seemed to be indifferent. He then insisted that he would repair the pagoda on his own, beginning by fixing the tiles as a temporary solution to the coming rainy season. The pagoda, one of Vietnam's two most iconic pagodas in Hanoi along with the Perfume Pagoda, has been heavily flooded during the rainy season since 2007. The Buddhist statues in … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s One-Pillar Pagoda to be revamped

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Following the 'ultimatum' filed by head of Hanoi's hallmark Mot Cot (One-Pillar) pagoda, in which he said he will carry out the renovations if his petition goes unheeded again, a meeting was held on May 15 to discuss the project to revamp the pagoda. At the meeting, joined by officials from the Ba Dinh district, Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Venerable Thich Tam Kien, the pagoda head, and experts, the pagoda conditions were brought up, including the expansion incongruous with its panorama, seriously inadequate sewage systems and prevalent roof leaking. Venerable Kien lamented that the pagoda, which is believed to be built back in 1049, suffers flooding only after a one-hour rain. Its Buddha statues even have to wear raincoats and hats but raindrops still seep in, taking their toll on them. Truong Minh Tien, deputy head of the city's culture department, said the revamp project will be finalized by June 30 to shield the pagoda from summer rains. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]

One Pillar Pagoda the soul of Ha Noi

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Rising up: Lotus blossoms rising up in a muddy pond are a symbol of pure virtue in all circumstances, according to Buddhist philosophy. — VNS Photos Truong Viù Buddhist monks, Ha Noi officials and experts are trying to figure out the best way to preserve one of the most beloved cultural heritage sites of the Vietnamese people. Nguyen My Ha reports In the early 1990s, as a student, I often visited Chua Mot Cot - the One Pillar Pagoda. I had an internship in an office nearby. I remember seeing the front yard full of patients, young and old, with needles on their body and limbs. Most Venerable Thich Tam Can, also an acupunturist, was treating them for free. Assisting him was a young man who was learning how to listen to a patient's heartbeat by feeling the pulse on the wrist. "Every day, between 50-70 people came here for treatment," recalled Dang Thi Binh, who had polio as a child and has been living at the pagoda for 40 years. Repairs needed: Broken tiles let rain water run … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s One-Pillar pagoda desperate for revamp

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After five years of relentlessly appealing for repairs to be made to the Hanoi's iconic, nine-century-old Mot Cot (One-Pillar) pagoda, which has sustained serious damage, its leader recently sent an "ultimatum" to the local government, stressing that he would take the matter into his own hands if his petition goes unheeded again. In the 'ultimatum' sent to the Hanoi People's Committee, Venerable Thich Tam Kien, the pagoda head, reiterated that within 30 days from May 3, if he still doesn't hear from the local government, he and others at the pagoda will go ahead with the repairs on their own, with fixing the tiles as a temporary solution to the coming rainy season a priority task. Venerable Kien lamented that the pagoda, which is believed to be built back in 1049, has suffered serious, prevalent roof leaking over the past several years. In heavy rains, its Buddha statues even have to wear raincoats and hats but raindrops still seep in, taking their toll on them. Flooding has … [Read more...]

One – Pillar Pagoda Recognized as Asia’s Most Unique

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After half a century of being classified as a national historic site in 1962 and seven years of being recorded in the Vietnamese Guinness Book as the pagoda with the most unique architecture in the country, Mot Cot (One-Pillar) Pagoda was recently recognized as "The Pagoda with the Most Unique Architecture in Asia" by the Asia Record Organization. This once again affirmed the nearly-thousand year old pagoda's historical and architectural values. The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is placed at the highest position in the pagoda. Story: Thuc Hien - Photo: Trinh Van Bo … [Read more...]

Hanoi pagoda recognized as Asia’s most unique

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On November 12, Hanoi's Mot Cot (One Pillar) Pagoda received the certificate recognizing it as "the pagoda with the most unique architecture in Asia" from the Asia Book of Records. One Pillar Pagoda Photo: VNA At the ceremony to receive the certificate, Thich Tam Kien, abbot of the pagoda, suggested that authorities hold seminars to find the best methods to restore the pagoda while retaining the values of the ancient relic. The One Pillar Pagoda was built under the reign of King Tong, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. Legend has it that when the King was a child, he dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while on a lotus. The King then married a peasant girl and she bore him a son. After a suggestion from a monk named Thien Tue, he constructed the pagoda in 1049 in gratitude to the bodhisattva. The pagoda stands on one single pillar, 1.2 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall, in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the lotus the King saw in his … [Read more...]

Vietnam to restore old iconic temple

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Hanoi authorities have proposed a US$1.5 million project to restore a nearly 1,000 year old pagoda, which is a symbol and tourism attraction of the capital city, news website VnExpress reported Sunday. Tourists visit Mot Cot Pagoda in Hanoi … [Read more...]

One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi named in Asia Book of Records

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The Hanoitimes - The o­ne-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi has been named as o­ne of the most unique works of architecture o­n the continent, in the Asia Book of Records. This was announced by the Indian office and details of the ancient o­ne-Pillar Pagoda were submitted by the Vietnam Book of Records or Vietkings. According to 'Dai Viet Su Ky Toan Thu' (Complete History of Great Viet), the pagoda was built in the winter of 1049 under the reign of King Ly Thai Tong. Legend has it that King Ly Thai Tong, who had no children, used to go to various pagodas to pray to Buddha to bless him with a son. o­ne night he dreamt that he met Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the Goddess of Mercy, sitting o­n a great lotus flower in a square-shaped pond and was handed a baby boy by her. Months later, when the Queen gave birth to a boy, the King was advised by a monk to erect a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the o­ne he had seen in his dream, in honour of the Goddess of Mercy. Monk Thien Tue … [Read more...]

One-Pillar Pagoda – Asia’s most unique pagoda design

The Saigon Times Daily It was recognized as the pagoda which has most unique architecture in Asia by the Asian Record Book Center at Faridabad, India on October 10. The pagoda, formally known as Dien Huu Tu, which literally means "long lasting happiness and good luck" is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It owns a pride of reflecting the architectural splendor that the country has grown. The legend has it that, ageing Emperor Ly Thai Tong of the Ly dynasty, who had no children, used to go to pagodas to pray to Buddha for a son. One night, he dreamt that he was granted a private audience to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who was seated on a great lotus flower in a square-shaped lotus pond on the western side of Thang Long Citadel, gave the king a baby boy. … [Read more...]

Hanoi-based pagoda part of Asian architectural record

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Hanoi's Một Cột (One Pillar) Pagoda has earned an honorable place in the Asia Book of Records as one of Asia's most unique pieces of architecture, the Vietnam Records Book Center (Vietkings) reported. Một Cột (One Pillar) Pagoda in HanoiPhoto: Tuoi Tre The information was officially released yesterday after the Asia Book of Records completed their work related to the recognition on October 10. The pagoda, located in Hoan Kiem District, was built under the reign of King Ly Thai Tong (1028 - 1054). According to the court records, the king was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. The king then married a peasant girl that he had met and they later had a son. The emperor constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049. It was named Dien Huu, which means long-lasting happiness and good luck. As shown in its name, the pagoda was built of wood on a single stone pillar, 1.2 meters in diameter and … [Read more...]

One pillar pagoda wins Asian recognition

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The One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, has been recognised by the Asian Records Organisation as having the most unique architecture on the continent, the Vietnam Records Organisation said on October 17. One Pillar Pagoda (Source: VNA) Originally dubbed Dien Huu, which means long-lasting happiness and good luck, the pagoda was built in 1049 on the orders of King Ly Thai Tong. During the Ly Dynasty, to mark Vesak or Buddha's birthday, it was the site where an annual royal ceremony to celebrate the event was held. Legend has it that Ly Thai Tong, who had no children, used to go to pagodas to pray to Buddha for a son. One night, he dreamt that he met Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the Goddess of Mercy, sitting on a great lotus flower in a square-shaped pond and handed him a baby boy. Months later, when the Queen gave birth to a boy, the King was advised by a monk to erect a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he had seen in his dream, in … [Read more...]

Binh Thanh tourism:

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Needing favorable conditions to grow BTO - I visited Co Thach pagoda on a day at the beginning of the week in September 2012. A relatively large number of tourists flocked to here. All sightseeing sites and worshipping places are crowded with people. Besides professional restaurants serving refreshment, there are also many mobile stalls selling souvenirs, seafood specialties, fruit, food and drink ... to set up quickly to satisfy visitors' demands within the holiday seasons. But if there are more convenient roads for taking visitors to some destinations such as: sand hills, fishing villages, Ong temple, etc., Binh Thanh tourism will step by step develop comprehensively. The potential of Binh Thanh tourism Perhaps, Co Thach pagoda (Hang pagoda) is one of the first tourist destinations of Binh Thanh. In recent years, Co Thach tourist attraction - Binh Thanh commune, Tuy Phong district has attracted numerous visitors on … [Read more...]

The ten best destinations in Vietnam

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Globalgrasshopper, a popular site for international tourists, has listed the top ten must-see destinations in Vietnam. Son Tra peninsula Son Tra Peninsula, about 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the north-east, is a special gift of the god to Da nang. It is an ideal place for tourists in Vietnam travel to the city, to get away for the day and enjoy the real feeling of a different Vietnam. Son Tra looks like a mushroom of which the cap is Son Tra Mountain and stalk is a beautiful sandy beach that affords an ideal area for bathing, swimming, playing sports and fishing. Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Da Nang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. Son Tra is put under the national protected forest regulation since it is a natural preservation area. The peninsula is famous for its plentiful plants and fauna as well as the attractive scenery. It is said that fairies used to come here for singing, dancing and playing chess so Son Tra is also called Tien … [Read more...]

Coming to Co Thach to watch sparkling sea and blue sky

Co Thach tourist attraction which belonged to Binh Thanh commune (Tuy Phong district), has attracted a great number of tourists in some recent years. This is a complex of tourist attractions including pagoda, beach, rocky shore, sand dunes, fishing village, ... combining together to create a continually image in motion. Perhaps this is the reason why it's like a new emotion every time we come. The sea is unchanged and its wave laps the shore playfully. Co Thach pagoda remains quiet and mixes the sound of the temple bell with the sound of the wave lapping. So is the village which is always hurried and bustling with its batches of fishes. All have not changed, but they give tourists the feeling of continuous motion in that natural picture and lively people. When setting foot on Co Thach, the first destination is Hang pagoda whose pen-name is To Dinh Co Thach, located in a cave on the coastal hill. However, Co Thach pagoda does not have only a sanctuary like other pagodas but it also … [Read more...]