300-year-old pagoda, a major attraction in Binh Dinh

Thap Thap Di Da, a 17th century pagoda, adds to the charm of central province Binh Dinh with its cultural, historical and architectural beauty.

Thap Thap Di Da
Thap Thap Di Da is located 30 km north of coastal town Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh’s capital. The pagoda was built in 1683 during the Le Dynasty era and originally known as Chanh Hoa. In 1691 King Le Hien Tong renamed it Thap Thap Di Da.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
The gate of the pagoda is built of bricks made by Cham ethnic people and roofed with yin and yang tiles, and has two layers of surrounding walls.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
At the sanctum entrance are long sentences written in Chinese characters, carved on wood and painted in gold.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
In the main area, the main structure is made of wood and carved with sophisticated and elaborate lotuses, dragons and stylized phoenixes along with more old writing.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
The main part of ​​the pagoda consists of the hall, the West and East areas with a large corridor connecting them with a large yard paved with square tiles and diverse kinds of ornamental plants.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
In addition to the main structures, there are also 24 large and small stupas in various architectural forms.
 
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The main gate of a stupa.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
In each stupa are statues of majestically shaped beasts.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
A stupa in the northeast of the pagoda.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
The pagoda retains a famous white stone. Legend has it that the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) executioner used to behead people on this stone. The stone is next to a 300-year-old tree by the south of the pagoda wall and dubbed ‘the slashing stone’.
 
Thap Thap Di Da
The pagoda entrance is shaded by an ancient bodhi tree. In summer the lotus pond in front of the pagoda is filled with flowers that give off fragrance.
 
Thap Thap Di Da is one of the most ancient pagodas in central Vietnam. It has been named by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as "a national cultural and historical site". The pagoda has undergone four renovations so far.

Posted at 2020 Jun 23 11:07

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