Truc Lam Meditation Monastery, about five kilometers from downtown Da Lat in Lam Dong Province, is one of the town’s most well-known tourist spots.
The monastery is
on top of Phung Hoang Mountain.
Tuyen Lam Lake rests at the foot of the
The monastery, which covers 24 hectares, is
the biggest meditation monastery in Vietnam.
It was designed by two Vietnamese architects
and built from 1993 to 1994.
Truc Lam Meditation Monastery is dedicated
to the Truc Lam meditation sect established
by King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), who
became a Buddhist monk after abdicating the
The monastery consists of simple circular
houses with pointed domes and red-tile
The central building, used for worshiping
and praying, has a one-ton bell inscribed
with Buddhist poems.
The 190-square-meter central building, where
sacred beings are worshipped, is home to
statues of Sakya Muni Buddha, a bodhisattva
riding a lion and a bodhisattva riding a
six-tusk white elephant.
The building is decorated with carved relief
pictures depicting eight different images of
The monastery is also home to hundreds of
beautiful and rare flower species of Da Lat.
Visitors can reach the central building of
Truc Lam Meditation Monastery in two ways:
by climbing 61 steps from the parking lot at
the side gate of the monastery; or by
climbing 222 stone steps to pass three
At the parking lot, visitors can take in a
panoramic view of Phung Hoang Mountain.
A visit to Truc Lam Meditation Monastery
includes beautiful mountain and forest
Visitors can experience the stillness of the
For an even more relaxing encounter, take a
boat trip on Tuyen Lam Lake, ride the cable
car over Phung Hoang Mountain and visit the
valley where locals eat wild animal dishes
and drink ruou can (wine in a sealed jar).
Leading ao dai designer Si Hoang encourages
children to explore their creativity at an
annual children’s design contest marking
International Children’s Day
Reported by Diem Thu