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Perfume Pagoda (or Huong Pagoda) which is located right in the outskirts of Hanoi is one of the most attractive spiritual destinations. It takes only about 2 hours drive from the city. On the weekends, you can spend a day visiting Huong pagoda, find peace of mind, and recreate the most positive energy. Going to Huong Pagoda in the Fall is great because you can relax to worship and enjoy the beautiful scenery without worrying about being crowded.
Perfume Pagoda is located in Huong Son commune, My Duc district. This is one of the most unique spiritual destinations in Hanoi! About 50 kilometers from the city center, it will take you about two hours to get to Perfume Pagoda.
You can choose to ride by car, motorbike or bus. If you use a car or motorbike, there are two ways to go:
– Going to Nguyen Trai – Ha Dong, to Ba La junction, turn left and follow Van Dinh direction. Continue going about 40 kilometers to reach Te Tieu, turn left and ask for directions to Perfume Pagoda.
– Going along the highway 1A Phap Van – Cau Gie, turn to Dong Van intersection, turn right to Highway 38, keep going 15 kilometers in the direction of Cho Dau to reach Huong Pagoda.
However, this road is only for cars. If you want to ride a motorbike you should go the first way, or take the old National Highway 1A toward Thanh Tri.
If you go by bus, you can choose one of three routes 211, 78, 75. The route 211 and 78 pick up at My Dinh bus station, and route 75 pick up at Yen Nghia bus station. However, taking the bus when you get to the station will have to walk quite far to get to the scenic area. You can take a motorbike taxi or taxi for fast . Remember to ask the price before going.
The Festival will be held from January to the end of the March lunar month. The largest is around January, in which the 6th of January will be the opening day of the Perfume Pagoda. If you go to Perfume Pagoda at the beginning of the year, you will be immersed in the exciting atmosphere of the festival and participate in very special activities at the festival. This is also the time when Perfume Pagoda is very crowded, due to the flow of people from four directions. At Yen Stream wharf, hundreds of passenger boats and shops around the temple are busy and jubilant. However, going to the main congregation, you will take a lot of time to move, as well as strenuous to the temple.
According to my experience in going to Perfume Pagoda, this autumn is also a great experience. The pagoda is uncrowded, so you will have a lot of time to relax the scenery, the temple ceremony. The movement is also faster, healthier, saving more time.
Autumn is also the time when water lilies bloom at Huong Pagoda, which is very beautiful. In order to take photos with water lilies, you should spend the night at the temple, early in the morning to watch water lilies blooming.
Admission to visit Huong Pagoda: 130,000 VND / person (include entrance fee: 80,000 VND / person and boat tickets: 50,000 VND / person)
Ticket price of Huong pagoda cable car:
– Adults: VND 180,000 / round-trip ticket, VND 120,000 / one-way ticket
– Children under 1.2 m high: VND 120,000 / round-trip ticket, VND 90,000 / one-way ticket.
The entrance to the vast and mysterious Perfume Pagoda and Huong Tich Cave resembles that of an open dragon’s mouth and is decorated in ancient Chinese letters which translate to ‘first grade cave of the South World’, this writing dates back to 1770.
Many statues carved from green stone which decorate an intricate shrine, including one of Lord Buddha and another of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am. Smooth stalactites and stalagmites also fill the cave which is constantly touched by pilgrims believing them to deliver miracles and good luck. You will find the temple very cool inside and also very busy especially during the days of the Chua Huong festival which lasts from January to April.
It’s well worth taking time to stop and enjoy the view en-route to the temple as the scenery is very interesting, dotted with fruit trees including apricots and medicinal herbs grown by local farmers. Other temples to see within the complex include the Vong Temple, Thuyet Kinh Cave, and Thien Son Pagoda.
The journey to the Perfume Pagoda is itself an interesting experience. Located about 60km southwest of Hanoi in the Huong Son Mountain range you will need to take a car for around two hours before boarding a wooden or iron boat to reach the temple complex.
The boat journeys down narrow flowing steam fringed by rice fields, temples and grass and you will have the option to stop and visit some of these temples. However, if you are short of time its best to head straight to Huong Tich Cave. It’s an uphill walk to the Perfume Pagoda which will take around one hour and things can get slippery, so remember to bring walking shoes or boots.
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