Cai Bau Pagoda – The most beautiful coastal temple in Ha Long Bay
Cai Bau Pagoda is also known as Truc Lam Giac Tam Zen Monastery, which has now become an attractive destination for spiritual tourism in Ha Long Bay. Cai Bau Pagoda is considered as one of the extremely attractive tourist destinations. Tourists should visit this temple when traveling to Van Don - Ha Long.
1. Where is Cai Bau Pagoda?
This pagoda is located on a very beautiful vacant space, leaning against the mountain and facing Bai Tu Long Bay. The pagoda was built on the old ground of Phuc Linh Tu, which worships the Tran generals who made a great contribution to the battle with the Yuan - Mongols. Since it was built in 2009, Cai Bau Pagoda has become a tourist destination of Ha Long to attract tourists on pilgrimage tours of the Buddha.
Tourists visiting Cai Bau Pagoda can see not only the unique architecture of the pagoda but also the romantic beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay. The beautiful natural scenery combined with the solemn and quiet atmosphere in the Buddha's gate really makes the soul feel serene and peaceful.
2. Best time to visit Cai Bau?
You can come at any time of the year. But if you want to immerse yourself in the joyful atmosphere of the festive season, then travel to Cai Bau Pagoda in January - March of the lunar calendar.
At this time, the atmosphere here is extremely bustling, crowded and the weather is cool. There are thousands of visitors from all over the place flock to admire and contemplate the place of the Buddha.
3. Road to Cai Bau pagoda
Option 1: You depart from Hanoi to go along Highway 5 to Hai Duong city. From Nam Sach town (Hai Duong) you will follow Highway 183 to Sao Do town (Chi Linh, Hai Duong) and then go to Dong Trieu, Uong Bi, Ha Long, Cam Pha, Cua Ong to Van Don.
Option 2: You depart from Hanoi and follow Highway 5 to Sai Dong Junction. Take road 1 to Bac Ninh. From Bac Ninh, follow the road 18 through Pha Lai - Chi Linh - Dong Trieu - Uong Bi - Ha Long - Cam Pha and turn to Cua Ong temple and then to Van Don.
4. Discover the beauty of Cai Bau pagoda
Cai Bau Pagoda is a cluster of temples and pagoda buildings highly appreciated by architects for its unique landscape. The buildings inside the temple are arranged very subtly. Like most pagodas in the North, Cai Bau pagoda architecture consists of four main works: the main hall, the bell tower, the empty floor, and the Tam Quan gate. The main hall is the largest building, inside which houses the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, the statue of Manjushri, and the statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva.
Sanctum has a total area of 6.000 m2; a tow-storey upper set of Shakyamuni Buddha, the back is a bronze plaque describing the scene of the Bodhi tree. The two sides are statues of Manjushri and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva to symbolize wisdom and compassion. On the walls around the main hall is the exquisite bas-relief bronze which describes the Buddha’s life since his birth at Lumbini garden until entering Nirvana. Downstairs is currently the group, the word church Patriarch, Bodhidharma birth to Truc Lam Zen, Buddhist Emperor Sect maintains in Vietnam. From here, you can look down Bai Tu Long Bay immense waves in the still air in the middle of the pure temple bell.
Behind the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, there is also a very large copper relief, above the relief that records the scene of the Bodhi tree where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. In addition to the statues of Buddha and reliefs, inside the main hall, there are also many dragon phoenix motifs, letters of gold, flowers, and incense, candles ...
In order to preserve the Buddhist sanctuary, works of order and security in the pagoda region are well carried out by nuns and Buddhists. Visitors can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere because the inside of the temple has banned the trading of the votive, incense, and street vendors. In particular, if visitors want to stay overnight and enjoy vegetarian meals here, they will not have to pay any money. The pagoda just has arks of merit for donating as tourists’ virtue.
Written by: Hieu La