Linh Ung Pagoda is a peaceful, tranquil and spiritual destination with breathtaking landscape view in Danang. If you are a person of religion, or someone who’s looking for a quiet and tranquil place, then Linh Ung Pagoda might be the perfect place for you. Let us share a few useful pieces of information about Linh Ung Pagoda: its history, its architecture, and more tips for you when you visit this place.
1. Location of Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda , also known as Linh Ung Tu, is located at Bai But Son Tra Peninsula in Son Tra District, Da Nang, about 10km northeast of the city center, at an altitude of 693m above sea level. Bearing the shape of a turtle facing the sea, you will easily see the beauty of the clear blue sea and sky and enjoy the fresh air of the sea breeze. For tourists that are looking for a feeling of tranquility and breathtaking views from a high angle, Linh Ung Pagoda should be the top priority when visiting Da Nang.
- Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Da Nang city
- Opening hours: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm everyday, including Saturday and Sunday
- Entrance fee: Free
- Clothes: simple and respectful, avoid revealing pieces like tank tops, shorts or skirts
2. Legend of Linh Ung Pagoda
There is an old story that has been told from the people living in this area about the history of the Linh UngPagoda. In the reign of King Minh Mang (Nguyen Dynasty, XIX century), a statue of Buddha suddenly drifted to the sand beach in the Son Tra Peninsula. People believed that this statue was a good sign, the fishermen and residents here set up a temple. Since then, the whole area is always peace and the sea is calm and soft, the people of the fishing village also work smoothly and peacefully for a long time. The sandy beach area is called Bai But – which means Buddha land in the middle of the world. This is also the place where Linh Ung Pagoda was built today.
3. Structure and Architecture of Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda has an area of about 20 hectare in Son Tra mountain with many large items: the main hall, the lecture hall, the ancestral house, the road halls, the library, and the Arhat statue garden.
- The Main Hall
The main hall is carried by solid pillars and decorated with a curved roof in the shape of a dragon, highlighting a traditional style of Vietnamese pagodas.
In the center of the main hall, there is a Buddha Sakyamuni statue. To the right of the statue, there is an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and there is a Buddha Tripitaka statue on the left side.
Along to the main hall’s path, you can see 4 Guardians and 18 Arhat statues arranged based on their spiritual significance. Each of the Arhat statues represents the different levels of human emotions “happy, angry, loving and hate”, making the main hall extremely lively and spirited. Visitors who have ever experienced a trip to Linh Ung Pagoda definitely admiring the delicately depicted, sharp but soft of Arhat statues.
- The Lady Buddha Statue
The most remarkable and visible feature of Linh Ung Pagoda is the Lady Buddha statue, which is the tallest one in Vietnam with a height of 67 meters, equivalent to a 30-floor building. The statue is placed on a lotus-shaped foundation with a diameter of 35 meters.
The statue stands facing to the sea, with one hand praying and the other one holding a pot of nectar, as if she is blessing for a quiet, peaceful and successful crop. The inside of the statue is a 17-meter-wide area that includes 17 floors, and there are 21 Buddha statues on each floor. In addition to the ventilation doors, it has a staircase that leads to the top of the statue from the 17th floor.
Many tourists visit Linh Ung Pagoda to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Lady Buddha statue and pray for good things. The pagoda is a harmonious combination between the sacred, elegant beauty of architecture and the beauty of nature.
4. How to get to Linh Ung Pagoda?
Linh Ung pagoda is located on the Son Tra Peninsula, it’s impossible to go there by bus or train. Instead, you can go there by car, taxi, motorbike or even a bike.
- By taxi/ private car: Booking a private car or a taxi to visit Linh Ung Pagoda would be the easiest way. Most of the drivers will know the pagoda and take you to the pagoda fast. It’s about 200,000 VND from the Danang center to Linh Ung pagoda.
- By motorbike: It is also possible to go there by a motorbike. You will get to ride along the beach. Google maps works so well, if you follow the maps properly, it will take you there. The price for a motorbike rental ranges from 100.000 VND to around 170.000 VND per day, depending on the quality of the motorbike.
Linh Ung pagoda has become a famous place of worship as well as an interesting and peaceful sightseeing place for visitors. Once you come here, you will have an unforgettable impression. You will not only have a chance to understand more about Vietnamese belief and rituals, but also fully immerse yourself in the culture as a memorable experience in your life.