In Vietnam, spending time on the spiritual life and paying a visit to pagodas on the first days of the year has long been a lofty tradition reflecting the religious belief of Vietnamese people. In North Vietnam, Huong Pagoda Festival is one of the most popular Buddhist festivals, besides Bai Dinh (Ninh Binh) and Yen Tu (Quang Ninh) Pagoda Festivals.
Perfume Pagoda is situated in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, about 70 km from the center of Hanoi capital city. Perfume Pagoda is a set of many caves filled with marvelous stalactites and stalagmites and temples with a harmonious construction, where you can mingle your soul with the spiritual spaces and thus, demolish all the sadness, tiredness, sorrow, and bad lucks of the last year.
When does Huong Pagoda Festival take place?
Huong Pagoda Festival is an annual festival, which lasts for 3 months and attracts a large number of both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. This festival takes place from the 6th day of the first month to the 15th day of the third month (according to the lunar calendar). Huong Pagoda welcomes the longest stream of pilgrims and travelers during its main festival days from the 15th day to the 18th day of the second month (based on the lunar calendar).
Organized in large scales in Perfume Pagoda – the biggest complex of pagodas in Vietnam and lasting for 3 months and appealing to up to over a million visitors from all over the world every year, Chua Huong or Perfume Pagoda Festival is the longest as well as the biggest festival in Vietnam.
What can you do in Huong Pagoda trip?
Huong Pagoda Festival
As Perfume Pagoda itself lies on limestone cliffs, you can get to this site not by roads but only by boat or on foot. Yet, a sampan boat ride from Duc Pier is not a must-do activity to get to Huong Pagoda but a stunning experience in a Huong Pagoda tour. A scenic boat ride in Yen stream to Ben Tro where you will start walking up to Thien Tru pagoda will be the greatest way for you to admire the exceptional scenery of this Buddha land. These gentle winding streams, charming caves, a vast of green rice paddy, and a gorgeous limestone mountain create a perfect backdrop for your photos. In addition to the spectacular natural landscapes, this is also a good chance to immerse yourself in the cool spring atmosphere.
Every year, when the New Year is arriving, peach flowers and apricot are at its fullest blooming, millions of Buddhists and travelers yearn for a pilgrimage to this Buddhist land. Like other traditional festivals in Vietnam, Huong Pagoda Festival is also divided into 2 parts: the ceremonial rituals and the entertaining activities with the former being the central part of the festival.
Huong Pagoda ceremonies
The ceremonies of Huong Pagoda Festival are pretty simple with incense offering cavalcade and Zen ceremony. In the Zen ceremony, incense, flowers, fruit, vegetarian food, and candles are offered by many monks and Buddhists. These ceremonies mean not only visiting but also showing respects in all sincerity to the Buddha of the pagoda.
Besides the ceremonies, rituals and offerings in the search of good fortunes and a bumper crop and in the hope of a prosperous and healthy year, the recreational activities consist of sightseeing trips to pagodas, temples and caverns (Huong Tich Cave) to admire the perfect picture of Vietnam’s nature in spring, rock climbing, and enjoying Cheo and Van performances.
If you have a chance to travel to Vietnam in Tet Holiday, do not miss to go to Huong Pagoda. It is a great opportunity to breathe in the aroma of burning incense and flowers and to wish for best wishes for the New Year such as happiness, healthiness, health, success, and property.
When should you join in Huong Pagoda Festival?
The entertaining activity
Without doubt, if you want to see Perfume Pagoda at its most colorful and exciting, the main festival days should be the best time to go. Yet, to avoid an enormous crowd of tourists, the time when Huong Pagoda comes to an end seems to be a suitable choice. Travel with hanoitravelreviews to receive more and more interesting infomation about Hanoi.