Oct 16, 2012

Unwind your soul with the solemn Yen Tu – Dong Trieu

Yen Tu
Yen Tu
From Threeland Travel's Blog - July 2012
Once visit Quang Ninh, visitors can not skip through the fabulous historical and cultural sites Yen Tu and Dong Trieu – Mao Khe. 

Yen Tu is located about 40 km from Ha Long City and 14 km from Uong Bi Town. This cultural and historical site is made up of a system of pagodas, shrines, towers and forests, belonging to the village of Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi Town. 

Situated within the immense arched mountain range of north-eastern Vietnam, Yen Tu Mountain bears at its peak the Dong (bronze) Pagoda: at an altitude of 1,068 m above sea level. The beauty of Yen Tu consists in the majesty of its mountains mingling with the ancient and solemn quietness of its relics. 

Visitors can get to Hoa Yen Pagoda at the altitude of 534 m by the cable car system recently put into operation and will see on this peak two 700-year-old frangipane trees. From there, you will continue walking up stairs to pagodas of minor note lined up along the path leading to Dong Pagoda. There you will feel like walking on clouds. If the weather is agreeable, from this summit you can admire the dramatic landscape of the northeast of Vietnam. 

In spring, Yen Tu attracts a large number of tourists going on pilgrimage and sightseeing. Yen Tu festival begins on the 10th day of the first lunar month and lasts until the end of third lunar month. 

Yen Tu has really become a Buddhism centre since Emperor Tran Nhan Tong surrendered his throne to establish a Buddhist sect called Thien Truc Lam and became the first progenitor. He ordered building hundreds of constructions, large and small on Yen Tu Mountain for leading a religious life, sermonizing. After his death, his successor, Phap Loa Dong Kien Cuong, the second progenitor of Thien Truc Lam, compiled a set of book “thach that ngon ngu” and ordered the building of 800 pagodas, shrines and towers with thousands of value statues throughout 19 years of religious life. Some famous pagodas are Quynh Lam, Ho Thien. 

Passing through to the Le and Nguyen Dynasties, Yen Tu became the focal point of Vietnamese Buddhism, and was often subject to restorations. It is a meeting place of different styles from various historic periods: visible in the many different designs and decorations that ornate its constructions. 

Dong Trieu is a nice middle land district belong to Quang Ninh province in northeast of Vietnam, with the location just 60 km to most beautiful dragon bay of Ha Long, just away from Hanoi about 100 km. The district covers an area of 397 sq km with the district capital lies at Dong Trieu Town, and its biggest administrative unit is Mao Khe, which has the largest population in Vietnam. Natural favors a beautiful landscape, whole region geography is hilly and mountains, nice, peaceful villages and rice field situated around feet of splendid mountain range of Yen Tu. Inhabitances here are mainly make a living by rice cultivation. 

This place is very easily accessible by bus from Hanoi capital, travel forwarding to northeast long highway number one and highway number 18 B to reach Ha Long bay. Dong Trieu is one of the compulsory stops for local and foreign tourists who come to visit the magnificent site of Ha Long bay, with its population of islands rising from the clear and emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The land also owns some of the most famous ceramic villages in Vietnam. Dong Trieu ceramics are highly appreciated by foreign customers and flowerpots, indoor and outdoor plant support seats and basins are exported to many countries such as Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Canada, etc. 

The most famous tourism site and also historical relic in Dong Trieu is the Tran Dynasty’s temple and royal tombs. The site are scattered in a large area with the radius of 20 km and used to worship eight Tran Dynasty Kings, make it one of the most important memorial constructions in Vietnam history. They were built in the period of Tran Dynasty and restored many times under the following Le and Nguyen Dynasties. Throughout long time and historical changes, this area was seriously deteriorated. Nowadays, the area of An Sinh temple and these tombs have been upgraded properly in order to deserve their value and importance. Located in Nghia Hung hamlet, the area is used to dedicate 8 kings of Tran. In addition to the shrine in each tomb, lots of big temples were built by the Court inside the area of An Sinh temple for respect-paying audience. It was defended carefully by mandarins. This area became solemn holly land through Tran, Le, and Nguyen Dynasties.

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