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"Thien Mu Pagoda" Hue Things to Do Tip by JessieLang

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The Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1605, but the tower that is there now dates from 1620. It is brick, with mortar made from lime and honey.

On one of the buildings, there are statues of the good gods and the evil gods facing each other. They look similar except that the good gods are smiling. The figures are made from mud and straw, and their eyebrows and beards are human hair. Another area features the judges from Hell—when you die, you go before their court and they decide what punishment is due for your sins.

A memorial on the grounds honors the Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in 1963 to protest the Diem regime’s policies toward Buddhists. They passed a law—one week before Buddha’s birthday—forbidding religious celebrations. Protests against the law started in Hue.

Twenty to thirty monks live here permanently. There is a Buddhist school on the grounds, so there are students also.

Admission is free.

Directions: The pagoda sits on the Hà Khê hill, in the Hýõng Long suburb, on the northern bank of the Perfume River. It is around 3 km from the Citadel of Huế.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2011
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