Hoằng Phúc Pagoda

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Hoằng Phúc Pagoda
Vietnamese: Chùa Hoằng Phúc
Image of Hoằng Phúc Pagoda after reconstruction
Hoằng Phúc Pagoda is located in Vietnam
Hoằng Phúc Pagoda
Location within Vietnam
Former namesKính Thiên Pagoda, Quan Pa Pagoda
Alternative nameschùa Kính Thiên
chùa Quan
General information
LocationLệ Thủy District, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam
AddressThuan Trach Village, Mỹ Thủy Commune, Lệ Thủy,
Quảng Bình
Coordinates17°11′57″N 106°48′50″E / 17.19917°N 106.81389°E / 17.19917; 106.81389Coordinates: 17°11′57″N 106°48′50″E / 17.19917°N 106.81389°E / 17.19917; 106.81389
Remaining temple gate
Remaining temple gate

Hoang Phuc Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Hoằng Phúc, literally: Great Blessing, Hán tự: 弘福寺) is a pagoda located in Thuan Trach Village, Mỹ Thủy Commune, Lệ Thủy District, Quảng Bình Province, North Central Coast Region of Vietnam. The pagoda has a history of more than 700 years, among one of the oldest temples in Central Vietnam.[1]


In 1301 king of Trần dynasty, Trần Nhân Tông visited this temple, then called Tri Kien Temple. Nguyễn Phúc Chu, a lord of Nguyen family renamed this temple Kính Thiên Tự (Kinh Thien Temple) in 1716. King Minh Mạng of Nguyễn dynasty visited this temple in 1821 and renamed this temple Hoằng Phúc Tự (Han tu: 弘福寺), colloquially called chùa Trạm or Chùa Quan (Trạm Temple or Quan Temple). [2]

The pagoda has been rebuilt several times. It was severely devastated by a tropical hurricane in 1985, nothing much remained but the gate and the foundation of the temple and its 80-kg bell, some old Budda statues. [2] The temple was included in the list of Quang Binh provincial relics.

In December 2014, the reconstruction of the pagoda started.[3] On 16 January 2016, the new pagoda was inaugurated with the participation of several officials from the government of Vietnam, members of the Buddhist Shanghas of Vietnam and Myanmar, Cambodian King of the Monk Tep Vong, and Buddhist followers across Vietnam. Hoang Phuc pagoda is recognized as a national historical relic of Vietnam.[4] On the inaugural day, The Myanmar Buddhist Sangha presented Buddha's śarīra from Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to Hoang Phuc Pagoda.[5][6] [7]

Hoang Phuc Pagoda
Statue of Jade Buddha for Universal Peace on display at Hoang Phuc Pagoda from 27 March 2016 to 5 April 2016


  1. ^ "Quang Binh province: Reconstruction of main facilities of Hoang Phuc pagoda completed". religion.vn. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  2. ^ a b "Chùa Hoằng Phúc". Buddhist Shangha. 2014-12-12.
  3. ^ "Quảng Bình: Phục dựng, tôn tạo chùa Hoằng Phúc 700 năm tuổi" (in Vietnamese). VTV. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
  4. ^ "Quang Binh's Hoang Phap pagoda recognized as national historical relic". vietnambreakingnews.com. 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  5. ^ "Myanmar presents Lord Buddha's sarira to Vietnamese pagoda". VietnamNet. 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  6. ^ "Cung nghinh xá lợi Phật tổ về chùa Hoằng Phúc tại Quảng Bình" (in Vietnamese). Vietnamplus. 2016-01-15.
  7. ^ "Cung nghinh xá lợi Phật tổ từ Myanmar về Quảng Bình" (in Vietnamese). Tiền Phong. 2016-01-15.