Time  5 hours 26 minutes

Coordinates 1407

Uploaded July 14, 2018

Recorded July 2018

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near Đục Khê, Hanoi (Vietnam)

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July 14, 2018

IBP Index = 62HKG

Note: The IBP Index and the distances are not correct, since it includes 2 sections that are made going up the river Yen Vi, the altimetry if it is the correct one. This is the only possible access since there are no land routes that reach the complex.

The Perfume Pagoda is a temple located in the bowels of Perfume Mountain, about 70 km south of Hanoi. In reality it is a set of 18 pagodas and Buddhist temples, which occur over the Huong Tich Mountains, which dominate the landscape. This temple is one of the most famous spiritual places of pilgrimage in Vietnam, so between February and March (coinciding with the Tet or Vietnamese New Year) there is an authentic flood of pilgrims.

To get closer to the set of Temples, it is necessary to take a row boat on the Ben Duc jetty on the edge of the Yen Vi river, so the first 3,8 km of the route is a peaceful walk between karstic structures and riparian birds. that will truly leave us speechless.

From there we will go up and down a succession of stairs, some of them built in different stone materials and others excavated in the living rock, which will guide us through the successive temples and sanctuaries. It is not worth describing the route itself, because it has no loss, but if you stop at the description of some of the most important corners of this set.

After disembarking we visited the sanctuary of Den Trinh, which is a structure of five stone arches, where we "must" present ourselves as pilgrims and make an offering of burning incense.

Some of the mandatory stops we must make are:

- The pagodas of Gac Chuong and Thien Tru (Sky Kitchen) or also called Chua Ngoai (Exterior Pagoda); In Vietnamese folklore, the rocks of the mountain that surround it resemble a traditional kitchen, hence its name. A true architectural wonder, it is worth missing a few minutes walking through its large courtyard, with its vegetation, its ponds, among golden lions, sculpted elephants and huge incense always steaming.

- Tien Song Cave: with a very narrow double access and an indoor microclimate. On the way we can to it we will pass through the pagoda of Chua Hong and the pagoda of Dai Binh. And if we want to extend the walk, a little beyond the cave we will have the temple of Dien Mau and his protective tigers.

- Giai Oan Pagoda: On the road between Thien Tru and the Huong Tich Cave is Giai Oan, colored albero, garnet and black, known as the pagoda where it is purified from bad karma and a little further up the humble temple of Tran Song.

- Huong Tich Cave: In which is the main pagoda of the complex, also called Chua Trong or Interior Temple, the Perfume pagoda. The access is overwhelming because to reach it we have to go down more than 100 stone steps. The mouth of the cave has the appearance of a dragon's mouth. Inside the cave (which is about fifty meters high) there are several altars, as well as a statue of Buddha and another of Quan Am and a spectacular bronze bell, held by two carved columns. The spirituality that is breathed invites meditation. Vietnamese folklore says that couples who want to conceive their first child should go to pray there.

To return we will desaremos the way, until the entrance of the complex, there we will take the boat (another 3.8 Km) towards the jetty of Ben Duc. Once we arrive at Ben Duc, after another pleasant walk in the tranquility of the river, we must offer the barqueras about 1 $ or about 25,000 Vietnamese dongs as a tip, which they accept willingly and always with a smile.
Mooring point

EMBARCADERO BEN DUC

Bridge

PUENTE ROJO SOBRE RIO YEN VI

Mooring point

ENTRADA COMPLEJO TEMPLOS

Sacred architecture

PAGODA DE CHUA HONG

Cave

CUEVA TIEN SONG

Waypoint

BAJADA PAGODA DAI BINH

Sacred architecture

TEMPLO BUDISTA DE DIEN MAU

Waypoint

OFERTORIO

Sacred architecture

TEMPLO BUDISTA DE GIAI OAN

Sacred architecture

TEMPLO BUDISTA DE TRAN SONG

Sacred architecture

PAGODA DEL PERFUME

Sacred architecture

TEMPLOS BUDISTAS DE GAC CHUONG Y THIEN TRU

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