Yen Tu Festival

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Yen Tu Festival

Whenever Tet festival undergoes, Vietnamese people are eager to pilgrimage to famous pagodas for praying a happy and lucky year or attend spring festivals. There is a festival that ‘s famous with a saying. “Even after 100 years of virtuous religious life, if you don’t come to Yen Tu you cannot be called a true religious person”. If being a foreigner and if  you are not in Vietnam during Tet festival, now you can get Vietnam visa and attend Yen Tu festival in order to become a real pilgrim.

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Yen Tu mountain is located within the immense arched mountain range of north-eastern Vietnam – Quang Ninh with an altitude is about 1,068m above sea level. The beauty of Yen Tu consists in the majesty of its mountains mingling with the ancient and solemn quietness of its pagodas, shrines and towers. The mountainous region of Yen Tu has been a ventre of Buddhism for many centuries and is the starting point of the Buddhist sect of Truc Lam. In the wide ensemble of vestiges in Yen Tu, there are 11 pagodas and close to 100 shrines and towers. Yen Tu festivities begin on the ninth day of the 1st lunar month and last until the end of the 3rd month. One form of entertainment is to climb the peak to where the Dong pagoda was built. On the way you’ll see pagodas, a tower, a tream and a farest. At the top, after having burned joss-sticks, you will seem to be lost in nature somewhere between the sky and the earth. When clear you can perceive almost all of the north-east area from here.

History of Yen Tu began under the Ly Dynasty but it only really became a Buddhism centre when Emperor Tran Nhan Tong surrendered his throne to establish a Buddhist sect called Thien Truc Lam and became the first progenitor with the religious name Dieu Ngu Giac Hoang Tran Nhan Tong. He ordered building hundreds of constructions, large and small on Yen Tu Mountain for leading a religious life, sermonizing. After his death, his successor, Phap Loa Dong Kien Cuong (1284 – 1330) the second progenitor of Thien Truc Lam, compiled a set of book “Thach that ngon ngu” and ordered the building of 800 pagodas, shrines and towers with thousands of value statues throughout 19 years of religious life.Passing through to the Le and Nguyen Dynasties, Yen Tu became the focal point of Vietnamese Buddhism, and was often subject to restorations. It is a meeting place of different styles from various historic periods: visible in the many different designs and decorations that ornate its constructions.

Lasting for three months and usually begin on the 10th day of the first lunar month, Yen Tu festival may be considered as one of the longest festivals in Vietnam with about tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. They start their journey to the uppermost shrine after a solemn ritual held at the base of Yen Tu Mountain. During the festival, the people near and far flock to Yen Tu which was regarded as the Buddhist land to show their belief and aspiration or to get rid of all sorrows and sadness. Besides, a lot of others go to Yen Tu to do sightseeing and to enjoy the pure atmosphere of a mountain region. Foreign visitors come to Yen Tu to witness a famous beauty spot, a mysterious tourist attraction. Many cultural and historical values are carefully preserved in Yen Tu, where is also home to a rare ecosystem in Vietnam.  

The most famous pagoda in Yen Tu mountain is Dong Pagoda. In order to reach to the pagoda, the pilgrims have to undergo a route nearly 30km from of the foot of the mountain to the pagoda. The highest point of Yen Tu is Dong Pagoda, which is located 1,068 m above sea level. You can get to Hoa Yen Pagoda at the altitude of 534m by the cable car system recently put into operation and will see on this peak two 700-year-old frangipane trees. From there, you will continue walk up stairs to pagodas of minor note lined up along the path leading to Dong Pagoda. There you will feel like walking on clouds. If the weather is agreeable, from this summit you can admire the dramatic landscape of the northeast of Vietnam. Now with modern cable system, tourists are easier to reach the Yen Tu mountain.

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