Tieu Son Pagoda
Tieu Son Pagoda

Tieu Son Pagoda, Bac Ninh

Tieu Son Pagoda was built around the 10th century A.D, located on the mountain of Tieu, 20km north of Hanoi. Tieu Son Pagoda was where King Ly Cong Uan, who later founded Hanoi to be the capital city of Vietnam was brought up and trained to be one of the most visionary kings of Vietnam. The pagoda offers commanding views of the idyllic surrounding countryside.

Architecture
- The Tieu Son Pagoda is perched on a slope of the Tieu Mountain; the whole complex faces south. In front of the Tieu Son Pagoda is a big lake what remains of once the legendary Tieu Tuong River. On the lake there is a floating pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy.

- To access the pagoda one has to climb steps of the entrance leading through a gate which is not a Triple Gate found at most pagodas in Vietnam.

 
 
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The gate to the Tieu Son Pagoda
 
 
 
 
Tieu Son Pagoda Bac Ninh Vietnam
 Entrance to the Tieu Son Pagoda

- From the gate keeps walking straight up the mountain slope, then there is a stupa garden to the left and a nice garden to the right.

- Above the gardens, there is a shrine for burning incense and pay offerings right at the end of the entrance. The the right of the entrance, there is a house dedicated to dead monks and a monk quarter. The the left of the entrance is the main pagoda dedicated to Buddhism. On both sides of the entrance there are yards with plenty of trees.

 
 
Yard of the Tieu Son Pagoda
Yard of the Tieu Son Pagoda
 
 
 
 
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 A shrine at the Tieu Son Pagoda
 
 
 
 
 The bell tower of the Tieu Son Pagoda
The bell tower of the Tieu Son Pagoda
 
 
 
 
The main building of the Tieu Son Pagoda
The main building of the Tieu Son Pagoda
 
 
 
 
The zen atmosphere of the Tieu Son Pagoda
The zen atmosphere of the Tieu Son Pagoda

- If from the entrance you turn left and walk through the yard in front of the main pagoda, then there is a side path with steps leading to the top of the Tieu Mountain (Tieu Son). There is a huge Buddha Statue on the top with breathtaking views of the green countryside around the pagoda.

- In the monk quarter, you can pay respect to a deceased monk (Nhu Tri Bo Tat, 1723) whose body is made into a statue placed right in a corner of the monk quarter.

The Buddha Statue of the Tieu Son Pagoda
The Buddha Statue of the Tieu Son Pagoda

Paradissa Travel offers day tours to the Tieu Son Pagoda from Hanoi by car, alternatively you can join us in our bicycle tours or motorbike tours to explore the Red River Delta in one day or half a day.