Religious Sites

A country known widely for its freedom of religion, Vietnam has a variety of beliefs and religions. The expanse of its religious architecture glorifies its views and ethnicity of it; ranging from ethnic stilt houses, temples, pagodas, communal houses, and many other edifices. Despite being an atheist state, overall, Vietnam proudly and eloquently houses various religions like Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, teachings of tam Giao, and even Hinduism. It is the perfect location for a visitor to feel closer to the construct of spirituality, surrounded by a myriad of calming, picturesque structures.
One of the most famous Buddhist temples in Vietnam, the levelled experience of the Bai Dinh Pagoda stands unmatched. Housing 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha and a complex showcasing the rich culture and timeless spiritual values of Buddhism, the space offers a plethora of experiences on its lowermost level. But, it gets even better as one ascends the 300 steps of the imposing tower. The topmost level boasts majestic views of the mountains, forests, and lush green hills. Adding to the entirety of this excitement, the complex is lined with trails for hiking through the Ba Chau Thuong Ngan forest. 
The Cao Dai Temple of Vietnam is the religious ground for the fluid religion of Caodaism. It is a beautiful representation of the belief of Caodaists, that all religions are the same. Hence, one should follow the combined teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, Judaism, Confucianism, and Zoroastrianism. Constructed in the 1930s, this temple is an architectural marvel, combining the Oriental, Baroque and Neo-Gothic styles; while featuring lovely, ornate decorations like seven-headed cobras, majestic pillars wrapped with dragons, etc. 
Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, the Thien Mu Pagoda is an exceptionally well-preserved tourist attraction, situated just 5 km. Away from the city of Hue. One of the most beautiful Vietnamese temples, this is considered the unofficial symbol of the town, playing a massive part in the country’s folklore. Away from the typical construction of every other Buddhist temple, its seven tiers depict the human forms taken by Buddha during his road to enlightenment. The arrival, in itself, marks the intense onset, with the wooden temple guardians decorated with real human hair as beards. The insides house the monastic buildings, a large cemetery, and a beautiful garden of pine trees. 
The temple of Literature and National University is home to the first university of Vietnam, with the temple devoted to the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius. It showcases the typical traditional Vietnamese architecture, built out of wood and tiles; with a collection of 5 interconnected courtyards.
Yen Tu is a Buddhist centre in Vietnam, known for its picturesque landscapes, and historical ruins and shrines. While it takes a hard trek, owing to its being located 1,068 M. above sea level, the views from the top of the mountain and the feeling of being engulfed in the clouds make it worthwhile. The small structure’s construction and details further add to this charisma, making it a well-rounded venture.



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