Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula

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Linh Ung Pagoda Introduction

There are 3 pagodas in Da Nang City with the same name as “Linh Ung” which means “wishes answered miraculously”. But only Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda Da Nang (which means Buddha’s Land in this world) has the tallest “Lady Buddha statue” in Vietnam.

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The statue stands back against the mountain and faces the Ocean. One hand of her teaching, one holding a jar of holy water, with gentle eyes looking all over Danang city.

Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang Location

Located around 10 km to the Northeast of Da Nang city, at a height of 695 m above sea level, the Son Tra peninsula is a wonderful masterpiece that nature has offered to Danang city. No matter where you stand in the city, you can still see this imposing mountain and the tallest Lady Buddha statue.

Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda stands right on the mountainside, overlooking the Eastern Sea. To the left, you can admire Cham Island, while looking to the right, you’ll enjoy the fabulous Hai Van mountain along with the romantic Han River.

So if you would like to visit this spiritual attraction, from Da Nang city center, you should head to the Northeast, from Eastern Sea Park, go along Truong Sa Street, and you will get to Linh Ung Bai But pagoda.

Note: The road to Bai But – Linh Ung has a steep slope, and many Zig-Zac roads and bends are close together. You need to be careful and pay close attention when driving on the road to avoid danger.

Legend & History of Linh Ung Pagoda

Under the reign of Minh Mang emperor, the local fishermen in the Son Tra peninsula collected a small ancient and sacred Lady Buddha.

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Believing this statue was a good omen, so the local fishermen and residents set up a small shrine to worship. Since then, the ocean waves gradually become quieter and softer, and this helped the fishermen to safely go out fishing and make a living.

Passing a long time with many up and down of historical periods, the support of fellow Buddhists, and the permission of the local government, the Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda was officially built in June 2004, and after 6 years of construction, it has been completed as today.

Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang Attractions

The massive pagoda with beautiful architecture

Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda was built on a large area of 20-hectare on Son Tra mountain with many functional monuments such as the main hall of worshiping pagoda, the lecture hall, the ancestral house, the road halls, the library, the cafeteria, the Arhat statue garden.

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Main shrine hall has is the most dignified and pure. In the middle, there is a Sakyamuni Buddha statue, on the right side has an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and the left side has a Buddha Tripitaka statue, four Guardians and 18 Arhats are arranged by a rule to protect the main shrine.

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Each statue is the embodiment of different emotions “joy, anger, love, and hate” of people that makes the atmosphere here extremely holy.

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The pagoda is a perfect combination of the contemporary and traditional styles of Vietnamese temples. To enter the main entrance, we have to walk over 20 steps upstairs. At the gate, there are 2 stand sentences:

“Linh ứng sở cầu như ý nguyện

Sơn Trà Bãi Bụt thật hiển linh.”

These two sentences mean that if you pray sincerely at the pagoda, all your wishes will come true.

Arhat statues Garden

Linh Ung Pagoda is also famous for the beautiful bonsai garden with Arhat statues portrayed sophisticated, sharp but smooth.

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The 18 marble Arhat statues are one of the most distinctive features of this famous pagoda which were carved up by artist Nguyen Viet Minh (The head of Non Nuoc craft carving village) with monolithic white marble materials from Thanh Hoa province.

The tallest Lady Buddha Statue.

The highlight of this pagoda is the open-air Guan Yin Buddha located on a hill higher than 100m. This is the tallest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam 67m tall. She is overlooking the Linh Ung Ngu Hanh Son. As you know, only the diameter of the lotus tower is 35m wide.

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The inside diameter is 17m wide, and 17 stories high. Each floor has altars totaling 21 Buddha statues with different posture shapes called “Buddha righteous Buddha”.

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The Lady Buddha statue faces the sea, with one hand teaching people and the other one holding a pitcher of nectar as if she is blessing the fishermen who were reaching out to sea for a safe, and successful harvest.

Under the Buddha’s feet is the lotus base, a lot of tourists and Buddhists often come here to admire the compassionate beauty of this unique Lady Buddha. The landscape of the main hall along with the statue of the statue altogether create a sacred, pure but elegant panorama-like paradise.

How to visit Linh Ung Pagoda Son Tra Peninsula?

There are many different ways to visit Linh Ung Pagoda on the Son Tra peninsula. You can rent a motorbike, take a taxi, or book a Da Nang Half day tour or Da Nang city tour from Culture Pham Travel.

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Plus, we also provide private car transfers from Hoi An to Monkey Mountain, Da Nang to monkey mountain by car, etc. We are always willing to customize the itinerary following your requests.

If you haven’t had many experiences in Da Nang City. Please learn more about Da Nang City in this article: Things To Do In Danang

The Best Time to Visit

Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsular is fabulous at all times of the day. Traveling to this holy land, you will enjoy the cool climate with nice breezes, and fantastic panoramic views, as well as enjoy the wild monkeys.

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If you want to enjoy Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang, you should visit from March to September. At this time, the weather is quite dry and no rain, so you can enjoy the clear blue sky. You can clearly see panoramic views of the ocean, and Da Nang City as well as the green views of the mountains.

What to bring when visiting this place?

Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda is close to the sea and is covered with green trees. But come here in the summer you can not avoid the hot sun of Danang. During the day, prepare yourself a wide-brimmed hat, and umbrella, .. to avoid the summer heat. If it’s cold in the evening, bring a spare coat to keep your body warm.

Moreover, you should not wear high heels. Your feet will be swollen and burned due to the long journey. Ideally, you only need a pair of bata or low-heeled shoes. It will help you easily go around the places and your legs won’t hurt. Especially, you should avoid wearing clothes that are too offensive.  A discreet outfit would be more appropriate to go to this sacred place.

Linh Ung Pagoda entrance fee

In Vietnam, we never charge entrance fees for Pagodas or churches. Because it is a sacred area so the entrance fee is free for all kinds of people and tourists.

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It is 100% free so there is no entrance fee for this holy place. You can enjoy this beautiful pagoda without the cost of even the parking lot.

So Linh Ung Pagoda attracts a large number of tourists and Buddhists from all over the world who come to admire its fabulous beauty, sacred atmosphere and learn more about Buddhist culture. The pagoda has been considered a Buddhist paradise on Earth.

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