While there are many pagodas and temples in Vietnam, not to be missed is the Ong Nui Pagoda with its stunning big Buddha statue. Here’s a quick guide for those planning to visit.
This well-known Vietnam attraction is set amidst the Ba Mountain Range in the Binh Dinh province and can be easily reached by car or motorbike from Quy Nhon, around 25 km away. Check out sites like Quy Nhon Coastal Escape for not only more of what you can see here but also information on key luxury hotels in Quy Nhon.
Amongst the highlights here is one of Southeast Asia’s largest seated Buddha statues which can be reached by walking up no less than 600 steps! There are statues of 18 arhats beside the steps, while at certain points, vendors offer refreshments. Your reward for reaching the top will be some breath-taking panoramas!
Ong Nui Pagoda
Of course, you need to also visit the Ong Nui (or Linh Phong) Pagoda which is believed to be over 300 years old. Accessible via a path, this sacred site is set amidst age-old trees and features the Lotus Lake across from the main chamber. There are old caves at this site too, not forgetting idyllic vistas.
A Venerated Monk
The pagoda is dedicated to Tinh Giac-Thien Tri, a revered Buddhist monk; according to local legend, he came here in the early part of the 18th century and constructed a thatched temple. He was known to offer locals help and medicine for various ailments and diseases while living a simple life.