Hue is Buddhism center of Vietnam. There are over 300 pagodas which are built 100 years ago. The most famous and oldest pagoda is Thien Mu Pagoda – over 400 years.
Thien Mu Pagoda is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of the Huong River (Perfume River), in Huong Long village, 5km from Hue city. Travel by Hanoi Private Taxi it’s take about 15mins from your hotel in the city central; or you can take a Dragon boat trip on Perfume River transfer from Toa Kham Boat station transfer to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hanoi Private Taxi’s Driver will pick you up there then transfer to another place when you finish.
Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1601, and then Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan had it renovated in 1665. The name of the pagoda comes from a legend: Long time ago, an old woman appeared on the hill where the pagoda stands today. She told local people that a Lord would come and build a Buddhist pagoda for the country’s prosperity. Lord Nguyen Hoang, on hearing that, ordered the construction of the pagoda of the “Heavenly Lady”.
There are many legends about Thien Mu Pagoda, you will have chance to discover the pagoda with a long history. Special, this is no entrance fee to visit the pagoda.
After pagoda, you can visit Hue Imperial Citadel and the royal tombs (Hue City Tour). They are a little bit far from each other. So the best way to visit Hue City Tour is use Hanoi Private Taxi transfer service.