Ba Vang Pagoda – a must-see spot in Quang Ninh Province
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Buddhism is a major religion in Vietnam having a great influence on the thinking and behavior of most Vietnamese people. Pagodas in Vietnam are the symbols of the essence of Buddhism in our S-shape country and the representatives of the extensive history and culture of Vietnam. Thus, pagodas are always considered to be one of the must-see spots whenever you go and visit a new place in Vietnam on your Vietnam private tours.
For many decades, Halong which is recognized repeatedly as the natural wonder of the world by UNESCO has reigned as the world’s most popular tourist destination, receiving almost 10 million foreign tourists annual. Travelers from all over the world are drawn to more than 1,600 limestone karsts and islets rising out of the waters of this Mother Earth’s most amazing natural wonders.
Halong Bay with its spectacular seascape of limestone pillars: you either love it or hate it. But don’t let your feelings for the UNESCO World Heritage Site color your view of the rest of the treasure of Vietnam. Quang Ninh is a wonderful province with lots to see and do. If you are a fan of Vietnamese culture, religion, and history, Ba Vang Pagoda is a spot deserving a visit on your Halong Bay group tour.
Ba Vang’s Architecture and Outstanding Antiques
Ba Vang Buddhist Site
This is a Buddhist temple that combines the religion’s traditional designs and Northern Vietnam’s typical architecture with modern and contemporary art. The architecture representing Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen style, these bricks and tiles decorated with four-petaled flowers – a popular pattern in the Tran Dynasty, a great system of wooden statues and valuable antiques, especially the red wooden drum – the biggest one in Vietnam recognized by Vietnam Records Organization in 2014 as well as many valuable stone and ceramic historical and cultural relics dating from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries currently displayed at the pagoda are the reasons why Ba Vang Pagoda is classified as historical monuments in the province of Quang Ninh.
The internal three-door gate and sanctum named Dai Hung Bao Dien – the largest sanctuary in Vietnam make Ba Vang outstanding among the Buddhist site’s total area of about 22 hectares. The pagoda also features the LED lighting system on its roof, which turns on at night to give the pagoda the splendid and brilliant beauty, not to mention an enchanting experience.
Why is Ba Vang Pagoda a must-see spot on any Halong Bay tour?
Ba Vang Pagoda in Quang Ninh
This marvelous creation that stands at 340 meters above sea level on the Thanh Dang Mountain (Yen Tu Mountain) in Quang Ninh Province is a major pagoda in Vietnamese territory and a magnet that pulls a huge number of visitors every year. Ba Vang is a must-see spot for a good reason, as it is one of the most beautiful and outstanding structures ever created.
A must-visit destination on a Halong Bay group tour, Ba Vang Pagoda is among the best preserved Buddhist structures in Vietnam and has endured several natural and man-made catastrophes like wars and turbulent political events since Buddhist Monk Tue Bich – a descendant of Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen built in 1706.
You can reach the beautiful spot at the height of 340 m above sea level today, and while you may not feel closer to nature, you will enjoy great views over the mountain at the back, the Bang Dang River in the front and the surrounding pine forest. Most visitors, however, are content with wandering the picturesque grounds and snapping pictures of the pagoda with its front shrine, sanctum, back shrine, all statues including Quan Am Bo Tat (Bodhisattvas), Tam The (three Buddhas representing the past, present, and future), and La Han (Arhats) built up to 2m or more in height as well as a lot of auxiliary items from various viewpoints and beauty spots.
Ba Vang Pogoda’s Festival
Ba Vang Festival
Ba Vang Pagoda is open to worshippers and non-worshippers alike. If you want to see Ba Vang at its best, however, you have to go there on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month to take part in the Chrysanthemum Festival, which is held to honor the symbol of Buddhist culture associated with Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen.
Preserving the unique Buddhist cultural values, especially Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen, Ba Vang Pagoda is a place to visit on your Halong tour.