Fansipan – A spiritual destination for Buddhists and tourists on Tet occasion
Early spring is the time when heaven and people get together, it is the time when people scout, find sacred places to worship, pray to the Buddha gods for good rain, lush crops, national status and people security. Fansipan mountain in Sapa is cloud-covered, not only holding visitors by the beautiful and majestic natural scenery but also the sacred spiritual complex at the sacred point between Earth and Heaven.
Bao An Temple
The journey of worshiping Buddha, praying for peace on “Roof of Indochina” begins with a prayer ceremony at Bao An Thien Tu, the first work in the spiritual complex, at an altitude of 1600m, located opposite the Fansipan cable car station. Different from the bustle often seen in spiritual destinations in the New Year’s holiday season, Bao An Thien Tu lies quietly in the fog climate of Fansipan. Buddhists and tourists line up neatly to worship Buddha and they have to wear a mask to ensure their safety because of the pandemic.
From Bao An Thien Tu, the cable car takes the group of Buddhists through the clouds to the “Roof of Indochina”, where clusters of spiritual works stretch from 2000m to 3000m in the peak area. A great scene of Van Hoa offering to Buddha creating a giant lotus shape of 150 square meters made of thousands of bright flowers placed in the Cloud Yard, welcoming peaceful steps to the “Heaven Gate”.
Bich Van Thien Tu
After stepping through the gate of Thanh Van Dac Lo, standing in the middle of the sky, the ancient and majestic pagoda of Bich Van Thien Tu is a place where Buddhists and visitors sincerely pray to Buddha , fortune at the Quoc To and Quoc Mau temples.
Following the winding turns, visitors can reach the 21- meter high Amitabha Buddha. Bowing head sincerely prayed before the compassionate gaze radiating down to the human world, finding mind strangely serene.
From the Great Buddha, the pilgrimage journey is along Arhat. Under the hundred-year-old rhododendron tree trunks are 18 bronze Arhat, 2.5m high, with all the nuances of emotions, exuding compassion and bliss that make the feet walk lightly like clouds as if you were entering the magical realm of Buddha.
Kim Son Bao Thang Tu
At the end of La Han Street is Kim Son Bao Thang Tu Complex. The main axis of the complex is an 11-storey and 20m high stupa, made of monolithic architecture inheriting the style of Pho Minh pagoda in Nam Dinh – where the relic of Emperor Tran Nhan Tong Buddha.
From Kim Son Bao Thang Tu, Buddhists and visitors can admire the 9m-high statue of Guan Yin, sitting on a high rock, facing the clouds and majestic mountain scenery. Many Buddhists come to Fansipan every year to pray for the safety, peacefulness and healthiness.
The resort also offers a buffet lunch ticket worth 250,000 VND for all visitors, Buddhists buy cable car tickets to the top of Fansipan from February 14.