Nestled amidst the lush vast forest surroundings, Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat or often known as Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery, looms with the mesmerizing beauty and ancient architecture. Located near the picturesque Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam Zen Monastery is a peaceful, tranquil place for people who are seeking inner peace and want to temporarily go away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tam Trinh Coffee makes sure that you will fall in love the first time you see it.
1. About Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat
History of Dalat Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery
At midnight of a day in 1986, Venerable Thich Thanh Tu dreamed that he was holding a phoenix and flying up. After pondering, he came up with Dalat, as he considered it as an ideal place which has favourable climate, enchanting scenery, tranquil ambiance for monks and nuns to practice and get the big achievement on practicing the Buddha’s teaching.
Then, he sketched the panorama of the monastery and looked for a best spot to construct it. When he visited Tuyen Lam Lake, he was satisfied with its ambiance and surroundings. The Buddhists tried to accommodate with his suggestion and asked for permission to use land.
Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat was designed by Mr. Vu Xuan Hung and Tran Duc Loc with the involvement of the noted architect named Ngo Viet Thu, who designed Ho Chi Minh City’s Independence Palace. On April 8, 1993, Truc Lam Pagoda was officially started to construct. On February 8, 1994, it was completed and organized the first meditation course.
Dalat Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery Overview
Truc Lam Zen Monastery is one of the three largest Zen monasteries in Vietnam belonging to the Truc Lam Yen Tu lineage with an area of up to 30 hectares. From the monastery it is about 5 km to Da Lat city center. Both sides of the road leading to the Zen Monastery are surrounded by vast pine forests.
Located on a high hill surrounded by vast pine forests, opposite to the Zen Monastery is Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat possesses the most charming and poetic scenery of the foggy Da Lat City. Fresh air, cool weather and quiet atmosphere, all of that makes visitors nostalgic.
The outside of Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat
If visitors are visiting Tuyen Lam Lake, they can walk up 140 stone steps, passing a triple gate to visit the main hall.
In the monastery, there is also an extremely vibrant flower garden containing many types of precious flowers such as: bird of paradise, firecrackers, fumigant, etc. Thanks to these flowers, the monastery becomes much more colorful and beautiful.
Leaving the flower garden, visitors go below the pagoda to Tinh Tam Lake, which raises many types of ornamental turtles, the water is always clear all year round, and there are many stone benches and huts around for visitors to take a rest.
The inside of Truc Lam Pagoda
Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Da Lat includes 4 main areas: the Abbot’s Venerable Area, the Monks’ Inside Area, the Nuns’ Inside Area and the Outside Area. Most of the architecture here uses wood materials and deep brown tone, creating a classic and traditional beauty and ambiance.
The main hall of Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery has an area of 192 m2 inside, which is considered as the most sacred place at the monastery. There is a two-meter tall Buddha Shakyamuni with his right hand holding a lotus flower in the middle. On the left side, there is a statue of Manjushri Buddha while a statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva is placed on the right side.
2. Where is Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery & How to get
Truc Lam Zen Monastery is located on Truc Lam Yen Tu Street, Ward 3, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province. It’s about 7 km from Da Lat city center. The way to get here is quite easy so it is suitable for all means of travel from motorbikes, cars to buses,… On the trip, you will have the opportunity to see the vast pine forests, cool green cover and full view of Tuyen Lam Lake with the most enchanting and stunning scenery.
You can get to Truc Lam Zen Monastery Dalat by two ways: by land or by cable car:
Travel by land
Depart from Da Lat market >> Tung Mau Lake >> April 3 >> through Prenn Pass >> Highway 20 >> go straight to Truc Lam Zen Monastery.
Travel by cable car
Buy tickets on Robin Hill then move to the monastery in about 15 minutes. Taking the cable car, visitors will have the opportunity to see breathtaking natural scenery from above. This means of transport is not suitable for tourists who are afraid of heights.
Currently, the ticket price for the cable car from Robin Hill to Truc Lam Buddhist Pagoda is:
- Two-way cable car ticket: 100,000 VND for an adult and 70,000 VND for a child (height under 1m2).
- One-way cable car ticket: 80,000 VND for an adult and 60,000 VND for a child (height under 1m2).
3. Dalat Truc Lam Pagoda Ticket Prices, Opening Hours and The best time to visit
The ticket price Truc Lam Zen Monastery is completely free, this ensures that everyone can access the monastery, find a time of peace, and admire the ancient architecture.
Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Dalat is open to welcome guests from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M every day. Thus, visitors can visit Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Dalat at dawn, watch the sunrise over Tuyen Lam Lake and enjoy the fresh, cool breeze. During this time, Truc Lam Zen Monastery is still quite quiet, so visitors will have their own space to relax and meditate.
4. What to experience in Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery in Dalat?
Attend the retreat course
Physical health or spiritual experience is receiving more and more attention nowadays. If you are under stress, or just merely want to learn more about spirituality, you can register for the Truc Lam Zen Monastery course to learn how to focus on yourself, live in the moment and let your body take a rest and recover energy.
Take a boat on Tuyen Lam Lake
Don’t forget to drop by Tuyen Lam Lake and take a boat, it is a unique experience that brings an amazed feeling. Sitting on the boat, you can immerse yourself in the fresh, clean nature of the Central Highlands mountains and forests. The boat will take you to the attraction and return you to the starting station on time.
Trekking in Phuong Hoang Mountain
If you are a person who loves challenging experiences, taking a trek to Phuong Hoang Mountain is the best idea to try. From Phuong Hoang Mountain, you can enjoy a panorama of the whole Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat. Along the way, you will go through dense forests, steep hills, and rocky terrain so it’s a little tiring but worth it.
5. Tips For Travel At Dalat Truc Lam Pagoda
To experience your visit to the Truc Lam Zen Monastery Dalat memorably, here are some things you should pay attention to:
- The entrance to Tuyen Lam Lake has 140 steps. If there are elderly or poor-health people in the group, you should not go there.
- Your motorbikes are kept for free.
- No trading or gathering inside the monastery.
- Dress discreetly: short pants, short skirts and revealing clothes are not allowed.
- At the main hall, people must remove their shoes when making pilgrimages and worshiping Buddha.
- Photography is not allowed inside the main hall.
- Some areas are prohibited for tourists to visit, such as the monks’ and nuns’ inner areas.
Dalat City is famous for many tourist attractions with mesmerizing scenery and cultural richness. In addition to Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat, there is Linh An Pagoda which has the highest Guan Yin Buddha statue in Viet Nam or Tam Trinh Coffee with Viet Nam specialty coffee,…
Linh An Pagoda adjacent to Tam Trinh Coffee Farm in Dalat
From experiencing the cable car while admiring the majestic nature from above, enjoy some exciting activities in Tuyen Lam Lake – the most poetic lake in Dalat to discover the unique, ancient architecture of the pagoda,… Truc Lam Pagoda Dalat has become the most popular tourist destination recently. Tam Trinh Coffee hopes that you will have an unforgettable experience in this place.