The ancient pagoda has bold beauty of Hue architecture
Not only is the pagoda associated with the touching piety story but Tu Hieu pagoda is also distinguished by the harmonious combination of architecture and poetic natural scenery that makes many people feel lost in the half-real world of green pine forests. This is also one of the highlights of the pagodas in Hue, always immersed in the natural scenery.
Following the small tree-lined streets, Tu Hieu pagoda gradually appeared with airy space, and charming water paint, both simple and bearing the appearance of Hue royal architecture. Coming to Tu Hieu Pagoda, visitors will feel pure and seem to forget the troubles of urban life when breathing fresh air here.
The entrance to the main hall with two rows of green trees - Photo: Tan Nhat (visithue.vn)
The pagoda is built in the style of the word "Khau" (square shape) with the traditional three spaces in the main building and two compartments on the sides to form a closed whole. The main hall is the place of Buddha worship and the back is the place of ancestor worship. Unlike many other temples, besides the statues of the Three World Buddhas and Shakyamuni Buddha, the worship of pictures instead of statues is also a special feature that makes the space of the majestic place of worship closer. The roof corners of the pagoda and the reliefs are carved, covered and decorated with ceramics with dragon phoenix patterns that are both simple and have the appearance of Hue royal architecture.
The main hall of Tu Hieu pagoda is tinged with wild and mysterious colors between religion and life.
The solemn worship space at Tu Hieu ancient temple - Photo: Tan Nhat (visithue.vn)
Crossing the courtyard in the middle with many kinds of ornamental plants is the Hau building or also known as Quang Hieu Duong. This is the place to worship the Duc Thanh Quan, home Buddhist and eunuchs – those who have the merit of building temples,... In addition, there is also a sentence to worship the Emperor of the Imperial Army Le Van Duyet along with his wooden horse and great sword and many other gods.
A corner of Tu Hieu pagoda space - Photo: Tan Nhat (visithue.vn)
In addition to the harmonious space, each house has the architectural appearance of Hue garden houses in harmony with nature with a lotus lake with a fragrant lotus lake, a large aquarium, a small stream, a small pagoda door, a majestic mossy three-arched gate, lush green trees, etc. Everyone who comes here once feels the lightness and relaxation in their soul.
The resting place of the eunuchs of the Nguyen Dynasty
Coming to Tu Hieu Pagoda, many visitors are curious about a cemetery located on the pagoda's own premises. Few people know that it is a unique cemetery, the resting place of more than 24 Nguyen Dynasty eunuchs. This cemetery is located on the right side of the pagoda with an area of nearly 1000m2, surrounded by protective walls about 1,5m high. More than 24 tombs are divided into three rows, arranged from small to large according to the position of the ancient eunuch. In the middle is an inscription attributing their contribution to the court.
Resting place of 24 eunuchs of the Nguyen Dynasty
Leaving behind the worries and troubles of worldly life, the ancient people of Hue often come to Tu Hieu pagoda to find peace in the heart and tranquility of everything. Perhaps because Tu Hieu Pagoda is tinged with mysterious pristine colors between religion and life, over time, this place becomes one of the famous landscapes of the ancient capital. And it was here that the famous Zen master of Thich Nhat Hanh of Mai village, decided to live in the ancestor land with his brothers and descendants of To Dinh until the day of his death.