Dâu – Vietnam’s oldest Buddhist pagoda

Published: 04/03/2013 04:51

Dâu is the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam and where the exchange of between Buddhist from India and the northern. It has unique architecture, plays an important role in Vietnamese Buddhism.

Dâu pagoda

The Dâu pagoda (chùa Dâu), known as Cổ Châu, Luy Lâu, Diên Ứng, Thiền Đình, situated in Thanh Khuong village,Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province, 30 kilometers from Hanoi.

Hoa Phong tower 

According to history, Dâu is the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam and where the exchange of between Buddhist from India and the northern. The pagoda was built in the second century (contructed in 187 and completed in 226). Phap Van goddess is whorshiped in there, so Phap Van is seem as its.

Dâu pagoda contains a big tower, a lot of ancient stone statue, many sacred buddhistic statue. In which, Hoa Phong is a big and tall tower, placed in the center. The tower was built by large bricks, heated in a very long time. After many of years, Hoa Phong has still remained majestically and solidly.

 18 Arhats

In a addtion to, Phap Van pagoda has tens of precious statue such as: the nineteen Arhats, King of Hell, Bodhisattva. It also owns a big ancient stone sheep statue and four lengendary gods, who rule four directions, is 1.6 metters of height.

There are many monks (practitioners) come here to practice enlightenment. Here also trains 500 monks, nuns to contribute sharply in Vietnamese Buddhism.

Through ups and downs of time, Dâu is still sacred, grave, popular and attractive. The pagoda attracts hundreds of internal, external Buddhists every year. Besides, plenty of visitors com here to explore beauty of architecture. Buddhists visit Dâu pagoda to pray for lucky, happiness, and peace in soul.

Translated by Vuong Bich

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