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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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