Linh Phuoc Pagoda

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Coordinates: 11°56′39.42″N 108°29′58.2″E / 11.9442833°N 108.499500°E / 11.9442833; 108.499500

Front of Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Linh Phước, Chu Nom: 靈福寺, IPA: [t͡ɕûə̯ līŋ fwə̂kˀ]), also known as Ve Chai Pagoda, is located at No. 120 Tu Phuoc, Trai Mat District, 8 km from Da Lat city center, on Highway 20. The 49-meter-long dragon temple is made of 12,000 bottles; the dragon's head is 7 metres high.[1] Linh Phuoc Pagoda is considered a special architectural mosaic of Da Lat city.[2][3]

History[edit]

Construction on the temple was started in 1949, and completed in 1952. In 1990, Ven. Thich Tam Vi restored the temple and built more new buildings.[4]

Linh Phuoc Pagoda has had five abbots over the course of its history:

  • The Most Venerable Thich Minh The (1951–1954)
  • The Most Venerable Thich An Hoa (1954–1956)
  • Most Venerable Thich Quang Phat (1956–1959)
  • Most Venerable Thich Minh Duc (1959–1985)
  • Venerable Thich Tam Vi (from 1985 to present)

Architecture[edit]

The 33 m long and 12-metre wide main hall features 2 rows of cobblestone mosaics. On top of it are many mosaic bas-reliefs featuring the history of Shakyamuni and the histories of the Lotus Sutras. Temple grounds (Hoa Long Vien) has a dragon length of 49 m, the dragon enclosure is made of 12,000 beer bottles, and the dragon mouth covers the Maitreya Buddha. In front of the temple grounds is a 37 m high seven-storeyed tower, which is considered the highest temple bell tower in Vietnam.[5] In the heart of the Dai Hong Chung tower is a 4.3 m high bell that is considered the heaviest bell in Vietnam; it is also 2.33m wide, and weighs 8,500kg, and was cast in 1999. In front of the temple is Quan The Am. In addition, there is also a gem display, antique chinaware and fine art furniture.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Linh Phuoc Pagoda". Lam Dong Portal. Department of Information and Communications. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Chùa Linh Phước - ngôi chùa giữ 11 kỉ lục Việt Nam" [Linh Phuoc Pagoda - this temple holds 11 Vietnamese records]. Dân Trí (in Vietnamese). 8 February 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Chùa 've chai' nắm giữ nhiều kỷ lục ở Đà Lạt" [Ve hai Pagoda holds many records in Da Lat]. VNExpress (in Vietnamese). 3 October 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Linh Phuoc Pagoda". DalatTrip. 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Ngôi chùa có Tháp chuông cao nhất" [This temple has the highest bell tower]. Buddhist Church of Vietnam (in Vietnamese). 17 December 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2017.