Thu, 14 May 2015. Last updated Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:15
Vietnam has been known for possessing a large number of spiritual works. These architectures are situated in different terrains throughout the country. Some of them are in delta region, some in mountainous areas, while some are located at the “extreme” high positions. In Vietnam tours to spiritual works, visitors will have a chance to explore Top 5 Vietnam spiritual works at highest altitudes in the country. They are Dong Pagoda, Jesus Christ's Statue in Vung Tau, Lin Ung Pagoda, Shakyamuni Buddha Statue, and Linh Son Thien Thach Pagoda.
Jesus Christ's Statue is located on Tao Phung Mountain in Vung Tau City, at the height of 176 meters above the sea level. The statue was constructed from 1974 to 1994. In 2012, Jesus Christ's Statue in Vung Tau was recorded as the biggest Jesus Christ's Statue in Asia. The statue is 25 meter high, placed on the ground of 7 meters with the arm span of 18.4 meters. Each hand has a length of 2.2 meters, the middle finger's length is 1.1 meters, and the width of hand is 1.1 meters. On the head of the statue, there are nine mental-made rays used as decoration and lightning effect. Inside the statue, there is a spiral staircase of 133 steps running from the ground to the neck of the statue. The route to the statue has 1,000 stairs. On weekend or holidays, the Jesus Christ's Statue attracts thousands of tourists coming to visit and pray, which makes the work become a famous attractions in Vung Tau.
Being dubbed many names as Ba Den Temple, Dien Ba, and Thuong Temple..., Linh Son Thien Thach Pagoda is situated at the highest place in Tay Ninh with the most beautiful architecture among sightseeing in Ba Den Mountain (Black Virgin Mountain). The pagoda is at the height of 350 meters above the sea level. It is also one of the most famous places in Southeast Vietnam. The beauty of Linh Son Thien Thach Pagoda is described from the entrance with high stairs. Seen from the foot of the mountain, this pagoda looks like a great heaven gate on air. Surroundings of this pagoda are mountains and green trees, which creates a harmony and excitement. In the center of the main yard is the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Inside the pagoda, there is a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and other deities' statues. In Vietnam tour packages on visiting spiritual works, Linh Son Tien Thach is an indispensable stopover.
Statue of Sakyamuni in Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda located in Ta Cu Mountain (Binh Thuan) was recorded as “The longest Buddha Statue on mountain in Asia” in May 2013. The work is situated at the height of 639 meters above the sea level with the perimeter of 832 meters. The main statue is surrounded by groups of other statues. Coming to Binh Thuan, visitors often drop by the pagoda to explore more about the spiritual and cultural symbol of Binh Thuan in particular, and Vietnam spiritual life. Each year, the Statue of Sakyamuni on Ta Cu Mountain attracts thousands of visitors, contributing to the development of tourism in Binh Thuan, and to Vietnam cultural tourism.
In early days, Dong Pagoda (Copper Pagoda) was named Thien Truc Pagoda. Then, the work was renamed into Dong Pagoda, as all material of the pagoda is copper. The pagoda is situated at the highest place of Yen Tu Mountain, 1068 meters above the sea level. Here is one of the most famous and oldest pagodas in Vietnam. Dong Pagoda in Yen Tu used to be the place of spiritual practices of Tran Nhan Tong - Buddhist Emperor who founded Truc Lam Zen in Vietnam. Todays, the pagoda is made by bronze with an area of nearly 20 square meters. In 2012, Dong Pagoda was recorded as “The biggest copper pagoda in Asia” by Guinness. Every year, the festivals at Dong Pagoda and Yen Tu take place on the 10th of January (in lunar calendar) and the first 3 days of the New Year.
Linh Ung Pagoda in Ba Na Hills is located at the height of 1,400 meters above the sea level. Linh Ung Pagoda is one of the most visited attractions in Da Nang with millions of visitors annually. The pagoda has a large yard paved by stones. In front of the pagoda, there is a pine with three kinds of leaves. Specifically, the pagoda has a Statue of Buddha of 27 meter high, standing on a lotus of 6 meter high. From Da Nang City, in sunny day, it is visible to admire the white statue amid the green color of Ba Na Hills.
These above mention spiritual works in Vietnam are among hundreds of cultural and religious architectures in the countries. Each work has its own beauty that visitors from all over the world come to admire and explore.