Explore Pagoda Of The Celestial Lady Hue Vietnam

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Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, or known by the locals as Thien Mu Pagoda, has long been one of the ideal destinations in Hue, Vietnam. Not only owns important architectural works, but the pagoda is also known as the most sacred temple in the middle of Vietnam.

This article is a complete travel guide to the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, including tips on how to get there, what to see and do, and what to pack. 

Thien Mu Pagoda of the Celestial Lady Hue Vietnam travel guide


About Thien Mu Pagoda

Built in 1601, the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, or Thien Mu pagoda, is one of the oldest temples in the region. It’s located on the hill of Ha Khe on the bank of the Perfume River.

The pagoda used to be a significant place of Buddhism during the Nguyen Dynasty.

Despite experiencing historical events, Thien Mu Pagoda has always been the oldest temple in Hue, with works that retain beauty from the beginning.

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam photo

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How to get to Pagoda of the Celestial Lady

From the center of Hue, you can quickly get to the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady because the distance is only 5km to the West. It takes approximately about 10 minutes to get here.

Get there by bike

From Dai Noi Hue, you drive along Dang Thai Than Street and turn left to Yet Kieu Street. From here, go a little further, then turn left to Le Duan.

Go to the roundabout, then turn right into Kim Long. From here, drive about 2km to Thien Mu pagoda.

After parking your bike, you should pay attention when crossing the street to Thien Mu Pagoda’s gate.

Transportation guide

If you’re in Hoi An, you may be interested in taking a tour from Hoi An to Hue in 1 day. The tour includes transportation, a guide, and an entrance fee to famous attractions.  

Cruise on the Perfume Pagoda

Besides traveling by motorbike or car, you can also travel by cruise on the Perfume River.

The dragon boat departs from Trang Tien Hue Bridge, passes through famous sights, and stops at Thien Mu Pagoda. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. 

Perfume River Hue Vietnam cruise


Exploring the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady

Phuoc Duyen Tower

The most typical architectural work of the pagoda is the seven-story octagonal tower with the name Phuoc Duyen, or formerly known as Tu Nhan tower.

The tower was built in the middle of the 19th century under the reign of King Thieu Tri.

Each floor of the tower worships Buddha statues, and inside there is a spiral staircase leading to the top. 

Thien Mu Pagoda of the Celestial Lady Hue Vietnam picture

On both sides of the tower are two quadrilateral houses with two steles of the Thieu Tri period.

Behind Phuoc Duyen tower are two hexagonal houses, one for stele and one for Dai Hong Chung bell.

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam temple


Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam garden


Tam Quan gate

In front of Tam Quan gate, there is a stele of King Khai Dinh.

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam visit

The main gate is called Trung Quan, the left is Khong Quan, and the right is Gia Quan. The entrance has statues of Dharma protectors. Above the gate is an empty floor and a bell floor.

Passing through the Tam Quan gate, you will get to Dai Hung temple. 

Thien Mu Pagoda Hue Vietnam guide

Inside this temple is a statue of Buddha with other impressive sculptures. IT is also the place to display the giant bell with a height of 2.5 meters and a weight of more than 2 tons.


Watching the sunrise on Perfume River Hue

Visiting Thien Mu Hue pagoda, besides the unique architecture of Hue temple, you can also admire the scenery from Ha Khe Hill.

The surrounding pine forest and peaceful scene of the Perfume river give the pagoda a serene beauty that is hard to find anywhere.

watching sunset on Perfume river Hue Vietnam


What to wear

Because it is a sacred temple, you should wear discreet and not too revealing clothes. When visiting the temple, you should not talk too loud or say obscene stories.


Final thoughts

Hopefully, the above information about the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady will help you to have a complete trip and many memorable experiences.