Van Hanh Pagoda – A Majestic Spiritual Place In The Heart Of Da Lat

Van Hanh Pagoda is one of the “coordinates” of sightseeing that cannot be missed in the Da Lat travel guide. Coming here, visitors can visit pagodas, pray for peace, and see the miniature foggy city. The charming scenery here will definitely be a new and interesting experience for you. Follow Tam Trinh Coffee to discover more about this sacred tourist attraction below.  

1. Van Hanh Pagoda Overview

Along with Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Da Lat, Van Hanh Pagoda is one of the two largest Zen monasteries, becoming a symbol of the city of flowers. Visitors to the Zen monastery not only want to offer prayers for peace, but also want to immerse themselves in the quiet Buddha’s door, admiring the extremely peaceful and poetic scenery.

Although Van Hanh Thien Vien is one of the symbols of the tourist city of Da Lat, not everyone fully understands the history of the pagoda’s formation and development after so many years. Let’s learn through the following timelines:

  • In 1952: Van Hanh Zen Monastery was officially built at that time with the name Dong Thanh Buddhist Recitation Hall.
  • 1992: Changed name from Van Hanh Pagoda to Van Hanh Zen Monastery.
  • At the end of 1994: Construction and renovation of main construction items and the campus surrounding the Zen monastery began.
  • Year 2002: Casting ceremony of Buddha Shakyamuni Hoa Vi Tieu statue took place.
  • After more than 70 years of age, through many restorations and repairs, the Zen Monastery is increasingly spacious and innovative, worthy of being a symbol of Da Lat’s Buddhism.

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2. Van Hanh Zen Monastery & How to get

Address: 39 Phu Dong Thien Vuong – Ward 8 – Da Lat – Lam Dong

Van Hanh Zen Monastery is located right on the busy Phu Dong Thien Vuong street. Because it is located right in the center of Da Lat city, tourists can easily move here by many different means such as: motorbike, taxi, walking, bicycle…

There are many different paths leading to Van Hanh Pagoda. However, to save travel time, you should choose the route starting from Da Lat market on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, then follow Ba Huyen Thanh Quan street. After meeting Dinh Tien Hoang street, you go straight to turn to Phu Dong Thien Vuong. At the end of this road, you will encounter a slope, turn right to reach the Zen monastery gate.

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3. Van Hanh Pagoda Coffee Opening Hours 

The monastery is a spiritual tourist destination with free admission and is always open to welcome tourists to visit. However, this place is where the abbot of Van Hanh Zen Monastery, monks, nuns and Buddhists live. Therefore, to avoid disturbing the Zen monastery’s operating hours, visitors should only come to the temple between 07:00 – 17:00.

  • Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00 daily
  • Sightseeing ticket price: Free

4. What to experience in Van Hanh Pagoda?

To make the journey to Thien Mon Van Hanh memorable and meaningful, visitors should experience the following interesting sightseeing activities:

Ancient architecture with strong Buddhist imprints

Van Hanh Zen Monastery is located in the middle of the bustling city center. But that does not mean that the temple loses the peace and quiet of the practice space. The entire Zen monastery is designed in an ancient architectural style, both modern and mixed with inherent Buddhist values. Prominent in the architecture of the Zen monastery are items such as:

  • The welcome gate: Is made entirely of precious wood with classic architecture. The gate has 3 entrances with 2 stacked roofs. The highlight of the gate is the roof with dragon and phoenix details and intricately carved patterns that enhance its majestic and luxurious beauty.
  • Roof: Similar to the welcome gate, the roof of the Zen monastery is characterized by dragon and phoenix patterns. This is one of the typical images at the door of the Buddha’s house.
  • Main hall area: As the area where various events are held, the main hall is designed to be massive and magnificent. Entering here, you will admire the towering statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and many reliefs depicting the life of the Master. At the same time, the main hall is also where statues of Bodhisattva Chuan De, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Bodhisattva Dharma, and Bodhisattva Maitreya are displayed.
Ancient architecture with strong Buddhist imprints
Ancient architecture with strong Buddhist imprints

The largest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in Hoa Vi Tieu in Da Lat

If Linh Quang Pagoda has a statue of Avalokiteśvara on a Dragon body 100m long and 2m in diameter, then Van Hanh Zen Monastery has a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha with a height of up to 24m and a width of 20m. This is a typical image of Zen Buddhism, the Buddha holds a lotus in his right hand, placed on a large lotus pedestal, below is a massive fake mountain top.

The museum stores antiques of historical value

Not only is it a place to visit, go to ceremonies, and pray for peace, Van Hanh Zen Monastery also contains a hidden “treasure” of precious historical values. If you want to learn about the history of Buddhism, you can go to the Zen Monastery’s Museum to admire objects bearing the traces of time such as bronze gongs, bronze bells, jade statues…

Beautiful and sacred campus with many Buddha statues

Besides the unique architecture imbued with Buddhist colors of the main hall, many tourists also admire the green campus in Lumbini garden or the exquisitely carved statues of Bodhisattva Maitreya.

Beautiful and sacred campus with many Buddha statues
Beautiful and sacred campus with many Buddha statues

Garden of succulents and green cacti

Van Hanh Zen Monastery owns a garden of stone lotus and cacti that “thousands of people love”. Under the cool climate of Da Lat, the noble and solemn space of the Buddha’s door of Van Hanh Zen Monastery and the stone lotus garden seem to adorn the campus more green and peaceful.

Garden of succulents and green cacti
Garden of succulents and green cacti

5. Tips For Travel At Van Hanh Pagoda

  • The monastery is located halfway up a slope, combined with a large campus, so the walking distance is quite far. Visitors should carry hats, hats, and umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun and rain.
  • Take care of your personal belongings to avoid being taken advantage of by bad people
  • Wear polite, discreet clothing when entering the Zen monastery grounds
  • Maintain general hygiene at the temple, do not throw trash around
  • Do not take any items from the temple without permission
  • Do not talk loudly or cause disorder during the temple ceremony
  • Don’t forget to save photos of Van Hanh Zen Monastery as souvenirs

Dalat is always famous for many sacred tourist attractions. Besides Van Hanh Pagoda, you shouldn’t miss some other places, such as Linh An Pagoda which owns the highest Buddha Statue in Lam Dong province. By the way, you can admire the majestic Elephant Waterfall on the way or drop by Tam Trinh Coffee to enjoy the specialty coffee drink and join the tour to learn more about Vietnamese coffee culture. 

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Coming to Van Hanh Zen Monastery, visitors will not only be able to immerse themselves in the Zen space to enlighten their self-healing journey. This is also a valuable time, helping you discover historical values at the Museum, and admire the massive statue of Sakyamuni Hoa Vi Tieu… Tam Trinh Coffee hopes the above information will be a valuable guide. The price helps you prepare for a fun, fun-filled trip!

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