Hang Pagoda: A stunning architectural marvel nestled in Sam Mountain

Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda stands as a symbol of the traditional architecture and local culture of An Giang. It is revered as one of the holiest pagodas in Vietnam, drawing travelers from across the globe who seek blessings.

1. Where is Hang Pagoda? How to get there?

Hang Pagoda, also known as Phuoc Dien Pagoda, is located on Tan Lo Kieu Luong Street, which can be found on Sam Mountain in Chau Doc City, An Giang Province. To get here, you can first take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to An Giang, then take a taxi to reach the destination. Additionally, you can try the cable car in the Sam Mountain tourist area for stunning views of An Giang.

Hang Pagoda

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2. The history of Hang Pagoda

Hang Pagoda Vietnam is renowned not just for its stunning landscapes but also for its rich collection of captivating stories and legends. Constructed by Ms. Le Thi Tho (Dieu Thien) around 1840-1850, it was originally a small temple made of bamboo and leaves. With contributions from the locals, it has undergone many renovations over time.

Legend has it that there were once two ferocious snakes near the temple, named Thanh Xa and Bach Xa. Strangely, these snakes became calm whenever Dieu Thien meditated there. They vanished upon her passing but are still worshiped as protector deities here. 

Hang Pagoda

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3. The stunning architecture of Hang Pagoda

The highlight of Hang Pagoda’s architecture lies not just in its nostalgic vibe but also in its vertical orientation. The pagoda spans multiple levels along an open-air bridge that runs alongside the steep and rugged cliffs of the mountain. The temple’s structure seems to imitate the cliffs themselves.

Inside, visitors will discover numerous Buddha statues in the worship hall, with glass-covered walls reflecting the images of Buddha from all angles, providing an immersive spiritual experience. Hang Pagoda also showcases intricately carved wooden columns and exquisite sculptures, reflecting the results of extensive renovations.

Hang Pagoda

Visiting Hang Pagoda, it is important to be mindful of a few things, including:

  • Avoid making loud noises that may disturb others, and to maintain the serene atmosphere of the pagoda.
  • Dress neatly and modestly, avoiding overly revealing attire.
  • Mind your personal belongings to prevent loss or misplacement.
  • To offer incense, only use the designated incense holders in the pagoda.
  • Choose appropriate footwear for navigating the stairs leading to the pagoda with convenience.
  • Only take photos or record videos in areas where it is permitted.

Hang Pagoda

Apart from Hang Pagoda, An Giang boasts numerous other religious sites, including Ba Chua Xu Temple, Kim Tien Pagoda, Tay An Pagoda, Huynh Dao Pagoda, Lau Pagoda, and Pa Ta Pagoda. 

Apart from An Giang, the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam boasts many other destinations ideal to be included in your bucket list, such as Can Tho, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, etc. After exploring these destinations, you can further enrich your trip by traveling to other regions in Vietnam, such as Hanoi, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Ha Long, etc.

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Hang Pagoda

 

Hang Pagoda

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Hang Pagoda has achieved the prestigious status of being a national historical-cultural site in Vietnam, making it a must-visit for those seeking to delve into the country’s heritage. Hopefully, the above suggestions will assist you in crafting an excellent itinerary for your upcoming adventure in An Giang Province.

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