Perfume Pagoda, or Chua Huong in Vietnamese, is a cluster of numerous religious sites, including several Buddhist pagodas, national hero temples, and agricultural deities. All landscapes are nestling peacefully in the Mountain of the Perfumed Traces, which is named after the spring blossoms that scent the air.
Locating about 60 km southwest of Hanoi City, Perfume Pagoda is extremely popular with Vietnamese tourists during its 3-month festival from February to April, but remarkably peaceful and scenic for the rest of the year. Unlike other pagodas in Vietnam, the only way to reach this sanctuary is by being rowed along a narrow yet poetic Yen stream - a one hour boat trip each way. Rice paddy fields and a handful of houses are dotted along the stream banks.
The Perfume Pagoda and its surrounding area offer a great day trip from Hanoi City. Our day trip to Perfume Pagoda features a private tour from Hanoi City to Perfume Pagoda, trip includes a private guide and car transfer.
PERFUME PAGODA's ITINERARY
Our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel, depart for 2-hour scenic journey to the countryside in the southwest of Hanoi City, which bring you to the famous Perfume Pagoda. On arrival at Duc Wharf, board a private small boat rowed by woman from the local village to get to the foot of the mountain.
This 1-hour entertaining and relaxed boat trip travels along scenic waterways in the flooded valley between limestone cliffs, along the way we stop at Den Trinh, the Temple of Representation.
Not very far from the foot of the mountain, where we get off the boat, is Chua Thien Tru (Kitchen of the Heaven Pagoda). The pagoda was built in the 1686 to dedicate to the Goddess of Mercy, symbolically marking the start of journey to the heaven.
Follow a stone flagged path for 1-hour hike to the main shrine at the summit, the Perfume Pagoda. There's also a cable car station, where we can catch the cable car up and then walk down.
At the top you will be rewarded with fine views, and a gaping cavern on the side of a deep depression. From the entrance of the grotto, trees and vines are reaching for light beneath the inscription from 1770’s “Supreme Cave Under the Southern Sky”. About 120 steps descends into the dragon’s-mouth-like entrance, nestling the gilded Buddha statues merges in the clouds of incense that is lit as an offering by Vietnamese visitors.
Following lunch, start the journey back down the mountain to return by rowing boat to the vehicle. Drive to Hanoi, our Perfume Pagoda journey ends at your hotel in the late afternoon. (L)
Perfume Pagoda’s Notes:
What PERFUME PAGODA is Like?
PERFUME PAGODA is rated level 2, as it may include few hiking hours from the foot of the Mountain of the Perfumed Traces to its summit grotto.
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