Linh Phuoc Pagoda is one of the most impressive architectural works that we’ve ever visited in Vietnam. The pagoda is also known as “Bottle pagoda”, thanks to its mosaic design with millions of pieces of bottles, broken dishes, and colorful crockery.
About Linh Phuoc pagoda Vietnam
Linh Phuoc Pagoda, or known as Ve Chai Pagoda, was built in 1949 and completed in 1953. In 1990, it was renovated on a larger scale with thousands of porcelain bottles.
From 1990 to present, Linh Phuoc Pagoda has been continuously added new constructions with a unique design.
The temple campus is quite large with different areas such as the main hall, the Buddha statue with flowers, the wood display area, and 18 floors of hell.
With unique constructions, Linh Phuoc Pagoda currently has 11 records, such as
The tallest bell tower in Vietnam (36 m)
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara statue made of 600,000 immortal flowers
The largest 18 levels of hell in Vietnam (the tunnel length of about 300 m)
Things to see at Linh Phuoc pagoda
The main hall of the temple is a sacred place, built with the help of artisans, Buddhists, and monks.
It’s 33 meters long and 12 meters wide, and there are two rows of crockery inlaid dragon pillars.
The most impressive work in Linh Phuoc Pagoda is probably Long Hoa Vien, where the dragon symbol is carved into the shape of a 49m long winding around Maitreya Buddha.
This dragon is decorated with tens of thousands of bottles with a Buddha statue of Amitabha sitting on the top.
Near the main hall, we also found an interesting dragon statue.
This 7-story tower has a height of about 37m and is considered the tallest bell tower in Vietnam today.
On the second floor of the tower, you can find the largest bell in Central Vietnam, named Dai Hong Chung.
It was cast in 1999 with a height of 4.3m, a diameter of about 2.3m and weighs up to 8.5 tons and two tall guardian statues on either side
Many visitors record their wishes and prayers on a piece of paper and stick them on the bell. They will then ring the bell with the belief that their prayers will come true.
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara statue
This giant 18m-high statue is made up of 650 million immortal flowers, which is equivalent to a mass of 1,630 kg of flowers. We read that the flowers are replaced every 2 years.
The shrine is a solemn architectural space and consists of three floors.
Entering the shrine, we were amazed by the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. It has a height of 17m in concrete and inlaid with gold.
In addition to the Buddha statue of Avalokiteshvara, you can also find 108 statues of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva with a smaller size on each floor.
Walking through the galleries of valuable artifacts, including wooden peacock bird, chairs with 12 zodiac signs, delicate Bodhisattva statue, we visited the 18 levels of Hell.
It’s the architectural work to recreate the story of filial Bodhisattva Maudgalyayana who saved his mother from a life of suffering through 18 levels of hell.
Going through the length of up to 300m, we saw the process of Pluto executing crimes, and how crimes are punished in Hell. It was quite scary but interesting to see at the same time.
Near the Main Hall is the Guest House, where you can visit a small beautiful flower garden. We saw some interesting carvings here, including the largest Buddha wooden statue in Vietnam.
How to get to Linh Phuoc pagoda?
The bottle pagoda is about 8km from the center of Dalat City and located on Tu Phuoc Street.
One of the best ways to travel to Linh Phuoc pagoda is by train from Dalat Railway station. After arriving at Trai Mat station, you can walk to Linh Phuoc pagoda easily.
If you travel by bike or car, from the Dalat market, you cross the Ong Dao bridge to Tran Quoc Toan street.
Follow Ho Tung Mau street to Tran Hung Dao street, drive to Hung Vuong street and follow Highway 20 down the slope in the Trai Mat area. After driving about 800 m, to the right, you will see a picture of the statue of Buddha Amitabha.