Currently, there are three pagodas in Danang city sharing the same name “Linh Ung pagoda”, located in three different positions: in the spectacular Son Tra peninsula, Marble Mountain, and Bana Hills, creating a “three-legged stand” for Danang city. These pagodas are not only attractive worshiping places but also perfect destinations for admiring the unique, ancient architecture and sightseeing.
Linh Ung pagoda Son Tra peninsula (Linh Ung Bai But)
The pagoda belongs to Son Tra peninsula, Son Tra district, Danang city, nearly 10km to the Northwest of Danang city center. With a total area of 12ha, the pagoda is considered the largest one in the city in both scale and architectural style. The design of this pagoda is a harmonious combination between contemporary style and the inherent tradition of Vietnamese pagodas, reflected through the dragon-shaped, curved roof, and the solid pillars surrounded by sophisticated sinuous dragons.
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When visiting Linh Ung pagoda in Son Tra peninsula, the most sacred area inside the pagoda is the main hall with a large capacity. In the middle of the hall is a Sakyamuni Buddha statue, on the right is the statue of Avalokitesvara, on the left side features a Buddha Tripitaka statue, 4 Guardians, and 18 sophisticatedly portrayed Arhats. Each statue is the embodiment of various states of emotions, including “joy, love, anger, and hate”.
The most impressive statue in Bai But Linh Ung pagoda is a Lady Buddha statue, the highest one in Vietnam with a height of 67m (with a 35m Buddha throne), equivalent to a 30-storey building. The statue leans against majestic mountains, overlooking the immense sea. The inner space of the statue has 17 floors, each of which features an altar with 21 Buddha statues in total with different facial expressions, postures, and gestures.
- Opening hours: 6am - 9pm
- Ticket: free
Linh Ung Pagoda Marble Mountain
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Constructed in 1825, the pagoda of Linh Ung in the Marble Mountains (also known as Linh Ung Non Nuoc) is the oldest of the three pagodas of Linh Ung in Danang city. The pagoda was restored many times, but it has still retained the unique ancient Vietnamese-style architecture which is in harmony with the natural landscape.
It is surrounded by majestic mountains and lush greenery, which contributes to making the airy, cool space and atmosphere of the sacred place. One of the most prominent features of the exterior part of the pagoda is a 10-meter-high-white Buddha statue who's back leans against the mountains and front faces the pagoda.
Another construction of the Linh Ung pagoda Marble Mountain is the Xa Loi tower built-in 1997, which is 28m tall and consists of 7 floors, featuring 200 stone statues of Buddha, Bodhisattva, and Arhat - the largest number of statues in Vietnam. The three-entrance gate leads to the main hall whose structure resembles the letter “Nhat”, on the right side of the gate are the ancestral house, guest house, lecture hall, and area for meditation while the left side of the gate features the Budhha statue in the middle of the lake and Bao Dai tower.
The main hall of Non Nuoc Linh Ung pagoda Danang is dedicated to worshiping Buddhas, namely Amitabha Buddha, Sakyamuni Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, two Bodhisattvas, Avalokitesvara, and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. The pagoda has still retained 2 valuable golden boards, of which one marks the recognition of the pagoda as a National pagoda and the other marks the new name of Linh Ung. The pagoda was recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam as a National Historical-Cultural Heritage Site.
- Location: the pagoda is located on Thuy Son mountain
- Opening hours: 6:30am - 5:30pm
Linh Ung pagoda Bana Hills
Linh Ung Bana pagoda, belonging to Bana - Mo stream ecotourism site in An Loi village, Hoa Ninh commune, Hoa Vang district, Danang city, about 28km to the West of the city center. Inaugurated on March 5th, 2004, the pagoda is regarded as another “version” of Linh Ung Ngu Hanh Son pagoda (Marble Mountain). It is located on a poetic terrain with an altitude of approximately 1,500m above sea level, giving a panoramic view of immense space with the grandeur of mountains, verdant forests as well as the busy pace of life of residents and stunning shoreline surrounding the city.
Surrounding the Linh Ung pagoda Danang in Bana Hills are special, precious pine trees, which are known as “three-leaf pine trees”. The pagoda’s architecture is typical of Vietnamese pagodas with curved, tile roofs, four dragon’s head-shaped-like roof corners, and the top featuring two dragons adorning the moon. The main hall is decorated meticulously and elaborately. The worshiping space is designed according to the symbol of the wheel of the Dharma and the large courtyard is paved with white stone.
The most special construction that can not be ignored when paying a visit to Linh Ung pagoda Bana Hills is the white statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. This is one of the largest Buddha statues in Asia 27m high, 14m in diameter, placed on a 6m-high white lotus. Right under the Buddha’s lotus throne are 8 different reliefs with specific meanings aiming at recreating the life of Buddha.
The serenity and tranquility of the natural landscape combined with the delicate architecture make the pagoda more sacred and peaceful. The echoing sounds of bells from Lau Chuong appear to make visitors feel the peace deep inside their minds and release worries of the hectic life.
- Opening hours: 6am - 9pm
The system of the three Linh Ung pagoda Danang city contributes to making the diversity and attractiveness of the city’s tourism besides many other incredible scenic spots and world-class entertainment complex. For more details about traveling in the S-shaped country of Vietnam, please follow us - Local Travel Idea and be ready for amazing trips ahead.