Thanks to its beautiful location and breathtaking natural landscape, Long Son Pagoda has been one of the most appealing tourist spots in Nha Trang attracting numerous tourists. The pagoda becomes a symbol of the beauty of this poetic city.
Right at the foot of Trai Thuy Hill, Long Son Pagoda is situated at No.20, 23/10 street, Phuong Son ward, Nha Trang city. Panoramically, Long Son Pagoda retains a prime location and extremely convenient for tourists. The pagoda was built on an elevated and airy area with evergreen trees beside roads and crowded streets. However, it maintains its solemnness and stillness. Visiting Long Son Pagoda is one of the most indispensable things to do in Nha Trang.
Originally, Long Son Pagoda is called Dang Long Tu (Dang Long Pagoda). It was erected in 1886 in another place under the supervision of the abbot named Thich Ngo Chi (1856-1935) who came from Vinh Xuong, Khanh Hoa. In 1900, after a devastating cyclone, the temple was terribly damaged and had to be moved to the nowadays location. In 1936, Long Son Pagoda was renamed and became the headquarters of the Buddhist Association in Khanh Hoa Province. It was renovated and expanded again in 1940 before being destroyed during Vietnam War in 1968. After that, attempts have been made to restore the pagoda architecture, but the pagoda has not been fully restored until recently.
Inside Long Son Pagoda (Photo: Internet)
Today, Long Son Pagoda boasts beautiful and unique turn-of-the-century Taoist architecture characterised by the embellishment of mythical animals and sculptures of Taoist gods. It is also a working monastery complete with a school for monks in its grounds. An impressive three-tier roofed entrance, decorated with mosaic dragons, leads to the large temple grounds decorated by potted topiary.
Outside Long Son Pagoda (Photo: Internet)
The entrance and roofs of Long Son pagoda are built from glass and ceramic tiles with detailed decoration. Classical motifs of dragons are used thorough the whole complex, especially in the main ceremonial hall.
Classical motifs of dragons in Long Son Pagoda (Photo: Internet)
From the entrance of Long Son Pagoda, 152 steps lead to the main attraction of Long Son Pagoda, the 24-metre tall white Buddha statue seated on a lotus throne. Around the corner, there is a large reclining Buddha whose back panel features a bas-relief representation of the monks and nuns who died in the late 1950s while protesting against the corrupt US-backed Diem regime. From the platform at the base of the white Buddha, visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Nha Trang and the sea beyond.
White Buddha statue in Long Son Pagoda (Photo: Internet)
The Reclining Buddha (Nirvana) in Long Son Pagoda (Photo: Internet)
Long Son Pagoda is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Nha Trang attracting numerous both domestic and international tourists. The pagoda is extremely tranquil and full of sacred. Here, tourists will certainly feel the peace and purity, which separates from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Long Son Pagoda thus significantly contributes to bring Nha Trang tourism closer to tourists.
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