Bo Da Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple in Tien Son Commune of Viet Yen District in the northern province of Bac Giang was recognized as a special national relic site on March 12.
|Bo Da Pagoda|
Attending the ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, representatives from ministries and central agencies, and leaders of Bac Giang Province and Viet Yen District.
Bo Da pagoda is considered the place of origin of the Lam Te Buddhist Zen sect and served as a training institution for monks the past 300 years.
The pagoda is not only a place for worshipping Buddha, but also preserving 1,935 Buddhist prayer woodblocks which are the oldest of its kind made of Diospyros decandra wood in Viet Nam.
The Bo Da Pagoda Festival, taking place from the 15th to 19th day of the second lunar month, is also marked the death anniversary of the pagoda’s Founder.