|Buddhist pilgrims gathered around the pagoda to witness the inauguration ceremony|
On Tuesday, the People’s Committee of the southern province of Quang Ninh together with the Viet Nam Buddhism Association opened the biggest ever bronze pagoda in Viet Nam after one year of building and casting.
As dawn broke, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims gathered around the pagoda to witness the inauguration ceremony.
Located on the peak of Yen Tu Mountain in the northeast region (1,068m above sea level), the 16-square-meter pagoda looks like a lotus in blossom.
The refurbished Bronze Pagoda was built in the style of the Tran Dynasty with around 70 tons of bronze imported from Australia.
|The Bronze Pagoda locates on the peak of Yen Tu Mountain|
The venerable Thich Thanh Quyet, a member of the Viet Nam Buddhism Association, said that ceremonies were also held to inaugurate a 440-kg bell, four bronze statues of the Buddha and statues of the three founders of Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) Zen Buddhism: Tran Nhan Tong, Huyen Quang and Phap Loa.
Nearly 100 skilled casting artisans from a famous casting village in the northern province of Nam Dinh labored for more than a year to create the unique pagoda which cost more than VND21 billion.
Buddhist history recounts that, in the mid-13th century, after defeating Mongolian invaders, King Tran Nhan Tong abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Tran Anh Tong, and moved to Yen Tu to lead a spiritual life. It was there that he founded the Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) Zen Buddhist sect.
Located around 130km northeast of Ha Noi, Yen Tu Mountain, a historic site associated with the Truc Lam meditation sect, has long since been an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination.