What do you think of when it comes to Da Nang tourism? “The fairy scene of the earthly world” Ba Na Hills, the pungent garlic of Ly Son island, or the fresh beauty of Cu Lao Cham? Whether you are a Buddhist or not, you should not miss Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang – a solemn destination surrounded by the majestic mountains and poetic sea.
Introduction to Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang
In Da Nang city, there are 3 pagodas named Linh Ung, located in Ngu Hanh Son, Ba Na – Nui Chua, and Bai But – Son Tra Peninsula. This is considered the “three-legged stool” that protects the city from all disasters and maintains a prosperous life. According to local people, if you want to pray for peace, you should visit Linh Ung Pagoda in Ba Na; if you want luck on your love journey, head straight to Ngu Hanh Son; and if you want a promotion in your career, come to Son Tra Peninsula.
For now, we won’t discuss the accuracy of this rumor, but a trip to Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang will surely bring you new knowledge about architecture, religion, and the traditional beauty of the locality. Now, let’s follow Klook Vietnam’s “travel through the screen” to the most famous Linh Ung pagodas in Da Thanh.
Linh Ung Pagoda Ba Na – Nui Chua
From the center of Da Nang city, heading west for about 28km, you will reach Linh Ung Pagoda, which is located in the Ba Na – Suoi Mo ecological tourist area. Located at an altitude of nearly 1,500m above sea level, Linh Ung Pagoda Ba Na – Nui Chua impresses visitors with its serene meditation space and classical Northern Buddhist architecture.
Founded over 15 years ago, Linh Ung Pagoda Ba Na – Nui Chua still retains its impressive colors, like a unique dot among the forests. On clear days, tourists can admire the panoramic view of the city and the 30km-long white sand beach. Inside the temple, there is a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni, 27 meters high, sitting on a lotus pedestal. From afar, the Buddha looks like he is meditating on a lotus pedestal amidst layers of white clouds. Just below the statue are exquisite reliefs, depicting the life of the Buddha. Visitors can take a walk in the flower garden, listen to the echoing sound of the temple bell, and feel the indescribable relaxation.
Linh Ung Pagoda Bai But – Son Tra Peninsula
Gathering the spiritual energy of Heaven, Earth, and Human Talent, the birth of Linh Ung Pagoda on Bai But Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula, is a milestone in the development of Vietnamese Buddhism in the 21st century. Although it has been operational for less than 10 years, the spiritual power of Bai But Mountain has been worshiped by local people since the time of King Minh Mang. The name Bai But means “Buddha’s world in the human world” – named after the event when a Buddha statue accidentally drifted to the peninsula, bringing prosperity to the area.
Looking down from above, Linh Ung Pagoda Bai But – Son Tra Peninsula has the shape of a turtle heading towards the sea; behind it is a rich primary forest. What impresses tourists the most is the statue of Guan Yin, the tallest in Vietnam – said to be equivalent to a 30-story building. Sitting on a giant lotus pedestal with a main house attached, inside the statue of Guan Yin are 17 solemn levels with classical wooden interiors, bringing a sense of peace and closeness.
Linh Ung Pagoda Bai But – Son Tra Peninsula also owns many unique spiritual architectural works, such as the 9-story Xa Loi Tower, the Arhat Road, and the Buddha Statue lying next to the majestic old tree garden.
Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda – Marble Mountains
Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda (or Outer Pagoda) is located on the East of Thuy Son Mountain, belonging to the Marble Mountains, Da Nang. This is also the oldest historical site among the 3 Linh Ung Pagodas in Da Thanh. It is said that the pagoda was originally named Ung Chan; it was only renamed to Linh Ung during King Thanh Thai’s reign.
To reach Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda – Marble Mountains, you need to climb up 123 stone steps. The journey may seem difficult, but in reality, it’s very chill, as this place has been covered with a rich ecosystem of plants, providing fresh and cool air all year round. When visiting Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda in Marble Mountains, tourists should also combine sightseeing with many spiritual architectural works and natural cave systems nearby. Just to name a few, there are Tam Thai Pagoda (Inner Pagoda), Tu Tam Pagoda, Vong Giang Tower, Ray Cave, Chiem Thanh Cave, Ban Co Cave, Gio Cave, and Thien Phuoc Dia Stone Cave.
After going through many fierce battles, Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda – Marble Mountains has been renovated many times. Unlike the grandeur of Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda or the ethereal atmosphere of Linh Ung Ba Na – Nui Chua Pagoda, Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda has a simple and mysterious beauty. Inside the temple, there are statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Quan The Am Bodhisattva, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Three Jewels Buddha, Van Thu Bo Tat, and the Guardians. Outside is a simple green garden with a Bodhisattva statue carved from white stone. The peaceful and serene space at Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda is the reason why Da Thanh residents often come here on weekends – partly to worship Buddha, partly to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Don’t forget to spend some time visiting the traditional stone carving village at the foot of the mountain!
Notes for Visiting Linh Ung Pagoda in Da Nang
- When visiting this solemn place, please choose modest clothing to show respect for the local beliefs and religion.
- Please be mindful of the public space and avoid playing or making loud noise within the temple premises.
- To move conveniently between Linh Ung Pagodas in Da Nang, you can rent a motorbike or car with a driver.