Linh Ung Pagoda, the largest in Vietnam
On the outskirts of Vietnam’s Da Nang city, the Linh Ung Pagoda features the Lady Buddha statue – the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. The gorgeous coastline, pleasant weather, and the panoramic view of Da Nang city coupled with the sound of temple bells work their magic on your senses. The calming beauty made us visit this place twice during our three-day stay in Da Nang.
The main chamber of the pagoda
Often called the meeting place of heaven and Earth, Linh Ung Pagoda unites the contemporary style and integral tradition of pagodas in Vietnam. Explicitly, this is quite evident from the curved roof in dragon shape, solid pillars surrounded by dragons, and the immaculately maintained garden.
The path to the main chamber of the pagoda consists of 18 Arhats statues, each depicting human emotions, which are believed to protect the main shrine.
Lady Buddha statue
The 67 meters tall Lady Buddha statue in the pagoda complex is not only the tallest in Vietnam but also the tallest feminine Buddha statue in the world.
With 17 levels inside the statue with 21 small Buddhist statues in each level, the magnificence only makes you speechless.
The beautiful premises
Linh Ung is not only a religious place but a great escape from the daily hustle. People of all ages or religious beliefs are welcome here. In addition to the shrine, smaller pagodas, and the Buddha statue, the seaside offers a perfect visual treat. If you stay back till late evening, you can see the ocean glittering with ship lights. Surrounded by lush green vegetation, the Linh Ung Pagoda complex instantly rejuvenates your senses.
Merely 9 km from the city center and the iconic Dragon Bridge, the road winding road around Son Tra peninsula takes you to the pagoda entrance. It’s a pretty straight route and since the lady Buddha statue is visible from everywhere in the city, you cannot lose your way.
It’s a free entry. You can drop any amount you like in the donation box.
None. You’d be given a cloth to cover your bare legs before entering the main shrine.
Read about our visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site My Son Sanctuary near Da Nang, an architectural grandeur from the 4th century.
P.S- We visited Vietnam in February 2020 and managed to return safely just before the COVID pandemic.