Huong Pagoda in Hanoi set to become a national tourist attraction

The Huong Pagoda complex is set in a picturesque landscape that will transport visitors to a magical realm.

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The tourism sector in Hanoi will assist My Duc District, located on the outskirts of Hanoi, in transforming Huong Pagoda into a national tourist area, as announced by the city’s tourism department.

“Hanoi’s Huong Pagoda is a complex of cultural and religious significance, encompassing numerous pagodas, temples, and communal houses. The pagoda is among the 11 special national relics in Vietnam, which hold tremendous value for the development of cultural and spiritual tourism within the Huong Pagoda complex,” stated a representative from the Hanoi Department of Tourism.

During the 2023 Tet festival, tourists visited the Huong Pagoda relics complex. Photos: Hoai Nam/The Hanoi Times

In recent years, the management of Huong Pagoda relics has focused on preserving the value of the relics and the landscape while incorporating them into festive activities and services, aiming to attract tourists. In 2023, Huong Pagoda welcomed over one million visitors.

“In the upcoming period, the Hanoi Department of Tourism and the My Duc District People’s Committee will establish tasks to elevate the complex into a high-quality tourist attraction that meets the requirements for recognition as a national tourist area,” added the source.

“By 2030, the Huong Pagoda complex will become a national tourism area, one of the primary tourist centers in the capital city and the entire country, and will strive to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” according to the Department.

Visitors at Yen Stream in Huong Pagoda during the 2023 festival season.

About 60 kilometers southwest of downtown Hanoi, the Huong Pagoda scenic spot, which became a national relics site in December 2017, offers visitors an enchanting experience akin to being lost in a fairyland.

A pilgrimage to the Huong Pagoda complex during the Lunar New Year is a spiritual journey to the heartland of Buddhism. Visitors explore the pagodas, temples, and caves, participating in ceremonies to seek Buddha’s blessings.

Constructed in the late 17th century, the Huong Pagoda complex showcases a captivating blend of pagodas, temples, and caves adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites.

Springtime presents an ideal opportunity to visit the pagoda, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant ambiance of the spring festival against a picturesque backdrop.

The annual three-month-long Huong Pagoda Festival, the longest of its kind in Vietnam, will commence on 10 February this year (the second day of the Lunar New Year), as per the My Duc District People’s Committee.

The festival is busiest between the 15th and 20th of the second month of the lunar calendar, coinciding with the main celebrations. However, from the opening day of the Lunar New Year, throngs of tourists and pilgrims flock to this sacred site, offering prayers for a prosperous and joyful year ahead.