Linh Ung - Bai But Pagoda: Serene place of Buddha
Da Nang is known as a city of spectacular tourist attractions even though the 3 pagodas of Linh Ung including Non Nuoc, Ba Na, and Bai Buy are also the factor that attracts tourists from all over the world to come for a visit.
These 3 pagodas are different on the whole, and they create a triangle around Da Nang. Linh Ung - Non Nuoc Pagoda is 8km away from Da Nang City to the southeast. And Linh Ung Non Nuoc - Ngu Hanh Son is the pagoda's another name.
Placed in Ba Na Hills, Linh Ung - Ba Na Pagoda stands at an elevation of 1400 meters. Its architecture is unique compared to other pagodas in Da Nang. Linh Ung - Bai But is the biggest and newest pagoda among the aforementioned three pagodas. Bai But means the world of Buddha on earth. As its name refers, Linh Ung - Bai But is the most sacred pagoda in Da Nang.
Below is the guide to visit the most sacred pagoda in Da Nang - Linh Ung - Bai But.
Highlights of Linh Ung - Bai But Pagoda
It's no accident that Linh Ung - Bai But is considered the most sacred pagoda in Da Nang City. Because this is the convergence of the spirit of the heart and the earth, this pagoda is an architectural work that is imprinted with Vietnamese Buddhism in the 21st century. It leaves a strong impression on visitors with its unique and solid architecture on the east side of Son Tra Peninsula.
The highest statue of Bodhisattva
Linh Ung - Bai But Pagoda is located halfway up the Son Tra Peninsula. The pagoda's signature is the highest statue of Bodhisattva in Vietnam, with a height of 67 meters. The statue stands against the mountains and looks over the sea. One of her hand holding a bottle of holy while another hand is set in a mudra gesture to the pursuit of happiness and peace for Da Nang people, for them to live in security and good health.
Besides the Bodhisattva statue, the other highlight of the pagoda is the main hall. As a sacred and solemn place, the main hall is such a special area. On the right of the main hall is the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, on the left is Bodhisattva Vajra, and the middle is the place for worshipping Buddha Shakyamuni. All three statues were made of copper, which brings a high sense of solemnity. The 2 sides of the place itself is a line of 18 legendary Arhats that causes a sense of security. According to legend, each Arhat is the embodiment of different levels of emotion in each person, such as happiness, sadness, anger, anger, anger etc.
Best time to visit
The visitors should pay attention to the weather in Son Tra Peninsula. And the period from March to September is the best time to visit Linh Ung - Bai But Pagoda, when it rarely rains and the weather is dry and cool. This seems to be a great condition for visitors' travel and health.
Do note that there are lots of rains for the period from September to December. So, if you plan to get here at that time, the number of things that you need to prepare is plenty due to there often comes heavy rains and fog, which interfere with the movement.
How to get there
To reach out for the pagoda, the very first thing you need to do is find the way to Son Tra Peninsula. Tourists can choose from one of the vehicles including couch, taxi, motorcycle or book a tour operated by a travel company.
As you might know, Vietnam is still a motorcycle nation, that means it is the best vehicle to start a journey. Just get out of the taxi and onto 2 wheels, you will have maximum flexibility to visit remote regions and stop whenever and wherever you wish. It's sure to be the trip of your lifetime when Son Tra Peninsula has plenty of landscapes to offer on the sides. Actually, you can still see the sceneries traveling car; however, it can't view the whole area.
Especially, there are many providers of motorbike rental service, with the price ranges from over 4 to nearly 7 bucks. Pay half of the cost as a handsel along with your ID to rent a bike. Note: Make sure that you are a good rider and go with your travel companion if you decide to take a two-wheeled trip.
It's free for a wander around the pagoda. However, there is a donation box. The whole amount of money is for rebuilding, fixing, and repairing as well as remaining activities.
If you want to take a photo of your visit to the statue of Bodhisattva, pay the photographer there over 2 bucks.
- Due to its proximity to the sea, Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda still cannot avoid the sun and heat in estival days despite being surrounded by many trees. Prepare a wide-brimmed hat or a large umbrella to protect yourself from the sun. However, warm clothes are still needed for the nights.
- Do not wear revealing clothes, which are not suitable for the environment of the temple. Wearing discreet outfits to show their respect and devotion.
- To enter Linh Ung Bai But pagoda, visitors will not have to pay any entrance fee, but the parking fee is not included. The parking service at the temple will be monitored by the Buddhists. It's fine to pay how many you please for the fee and put it in the donation box. The abbot will use this money to upgrade the pagoda.
- Keep your belongings in self-preservation when you get to the pagoda in the peak season. Do not bring too many cash or valuable items inside. Wearing your bag across your chest is highly recommended for security.
- Wearing a pair of sneakers or running shoes because you will have to walk for a long way. It's for protecting your own feet.
The above is our travel guide to Linh Ung - Bai But Pagoda, an amazing destination for tourists of all ages. Many tourists come here to enjoy the scenic landscapes and a serene place for their souls. We - the Hanami Hotel Danang wish you all the best and a memorial trip after hard working days.