Completed in 1952, Linh Phuoc Pagoda is covered in ornate, colourful mosaic made from pieces of pottery and glass.
The tile-work is stunning and begs for a closer look. In addition to a main temple, there is a 36-metre tall tower with an 8,500 kilogram bell. It also won’t be hard to spot the 49-metre long flying dragon statue in the garden, its scale made from broken glass bottles.
The temple grounds are small and compact and your length of visit all depends on how much time you want to spend ogling the intricate details and climbing up the pagoda steps. You’ll also need some time to work your way around groups; the temple is a stop on many bus tours.
An interesting way to get here would be by train. Though Da Lat no longer has an intercity train line, there is a seven kilometre scenic journey for tourists from Da Lat railway station to Trai Mat. As of October 2015, there are five departure a day, departing at 07:45, 09:50, 11:55, 14:00 and 16:05, with a minimum of 20 passengers required. The trip takes 25 minutes one way and it includes a 40-minute stop in Trai Mat before returning, the total experience taking 1.5 hours. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is an easy walk from the train station. Round-trip ticket costs 124,000 VND.
By Cindy Fan.
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