Long Son Pagoda- a proud cultural symbol of Nha Trang
Nha Trang is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Vietnam today since it owns a series of super hot attractions, including Long Son Pagoda. The temple has unique Vietnamese architecture that is popular with tourists. Have you already known this famous temple? Let’s find out more information about Long Son pagoda with Focus Asia Travel through the article below !!!!
Introduction to Long Son Nha Trang pagoda
Long Son Pagoda, also known as Chua Long Son, is situated on the foothill of Trai Thuy Mountain in the city of Nha Trang. The temple is famous for its large white Buddha image, which sits atop the mountain crest and can be seen from anywhere in town.
Built in 1886 in the style of Taoist architecture, Long Son Pagoda has been home to many high-ranking Buddhist monks and the Vietnam Buddhist Studies Foundation was founded here in 1936.
After being destroyed by a cyclone in 1990, the whole complex was rebuilt at the present site further down the hill. In its attempt to recreate the exact replica of the old temple, Long Son underwent many restorations and additions, interrupted at times by the Vietnam War and civil unrests. The white Buddha image was constructed much later in 1964.
The attraction of Long Son Nha Trang pagoda
Today, Long Son Pagoda boasts beautiful and unique turn-of-the-century Taoist architecture characterized by the embellishment of mythical animals and sculptures of Taoist gods. It is also a working monastery complete with a school for monks in its grounds. An impressive three-tier roofed entrance, decorated with mosaic dragons, leads to the large temple grounds decorated by potted topiary.
Possessing Vietnamese ancient architecture
Behind the temple, 152 steps lead to the main attraction of Long Son Pagoda, the 24-metre tall white Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Around the corner, there is a large reclining Buddha whose back panel features a bas-relief representation of the monks and nuns who died in the late 1950s while protesting against the corrupt US-backed Diem regime. From the platform at the base of the white Buddha, visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Nha Trang and the sea beyond.
Kim Than Buddha – Vietnam’s largest outdoor Buddha statue at Long Son Nha Trang Pagoda
On a hilltop behind the Long Son Pagoda, this huge white Buddha is seated on a lotus blossom and visible from all over the city. Around the statue’s base are fire-ringed relief busts of Thich Quang Duc and six other Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963, in protest against the repression of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Government. The platform around the 14m-high figure has great views of Nha Trang and nearby rural areas.
In addition , Long Son Pagoda also features a unique architecture with delicate carvings on the roof of the pagoda. The harmony between the unique architecture and the surrounding natural landscape of the lush green gardens and the stable high mountains has created the extremely fresh and cool environment.
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