Ngọa Vân Pagoda: a sacred destination in Quảng Ninh

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Ngọa Vân contains traces of ancient culture in the complex of the Trần Dynasty special national relic site in Đông Triều Town. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Located on Bảo Đài Mountain, Đông Triều District, in the northern province of Quảng Ninh, Ngọa Vân Pagoda Relic Complex is a sacred pilgrimage site attracting tourists all year round.

Ngọa Vân is where Buddha-Emperor Trần Nhân Tông (1258-1308) founded the Trúc Lâm Zen Monastery, a line of Buddhist meditation imbued with Vietnamese culture, and attained Nirvana. It has been considered the holy land of the Trần Dynasty and Trúc Lâm Zen Monastery ever since.

The sacred place is a perfect destination for those who want to find inner peace. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

From the foot of the mountain to the Ngọa Vân summit, researchers have found countless traces of ancient architecture and culture from different times, such as from the Trần, Lê and Nguyễn Dynasties.

Ngọa Vân is associated with King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông’s journey of Buddhist practise and enlightenment. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Ngọa Vân Pagoda means “Pagoda in the Clouds”. At an altitude of 600 metres above sea level, the pagoda has a beautiful landscape, leaning against the cloud-covered Ngọa Vân peak. Its surreal scenery makes this sacred place a perfect destination for those who want to find inner peace and pray for a happy and peaceful year.

The statue of King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông in Ngọa Vân Pagoda on Bảo Đài Mountain. VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

As one of 14 historical relic sites of the Trần Dynasty (1225-1400), the pagoda was approved by the Government as a special National Heritage in 2014. It has also been developed as one of 14 tourism destinations in Quảng Ninh to meet the demand for the spiritual tourism of monks and pilgrims across the country. — VNS

The pagoda was the final destination in King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông’s journey of Buddhist practise and enlightenment. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Ngọa Vân Pagoda is visited by pilgrims across the country all year round. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Pilgrims can either walk or take the cable cars to visit Ngọa Vân Pagoda. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

The tower of Buddhist King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông on the top of Bảo Đài Mountain contains many mysteries. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Ngọa Vân Pagoda is surrounded with clouds all year round. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

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