Photo: No climbing the tower sadly.

Thien Mu Pagoda

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Within comfortable cycling distance of downtown Hue, the very pretty Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady) makes for an easy excursion from town, either as a standalone trip or as a part of the trip taking in temples and other points of interest in the surrounds Hue—do go early to avoid the crowds.

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The site has played host to a place of worship since 1601 and the pagoda has been rebuilt, expanded and renovated eight times since, with the current layout dating to the last work–over in 1957. The primary attraction of Thien Mu is the Phuoc Duyen Tower, a photogenic 21m metre tall octagonal structure which sits right by the entrance way as you climb the stairs to enter. Built by Emperor Thieu Tri, it is believed there was once a Buddha statue on each floor (accessed via an interior spiral staircase) with a golden statue at the top (seventh) floor.

Phuoc Duyen Tower at Thien Mu Pagoda. Photo taken in or around Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Phuoc Duyen Tower at Thien Mu Pagoda. Photo: Stuart McDonald

During the rule of President Ngo Dinh Diem, there was considerable anti-government protest. Diem, who was Catholic, had shown unrelenting favouritism towards those who shared his faith and through the early 1960s protests against his policies, especially by Buddhists, grew. Many Buddhist pagodas across South Vietnam became organisational hubs for the protests and Thien Mu was no exception, being the site of hunger strikes and protests against the ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Thien Mu Pagoda
Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, 3km west of the railway bridge, Hue
Mo–Su: 06:00–18:00
Admission: Free

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