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700-year-old pagoda on a steep cliff

ChinaDai Tu Nham Tu hanging pagoda is attached to the cliff with wooden pillars, shielding from wind and rain.

Hanging pagoda is known as a unique architectural work of China. The pagodas standing firmly on the craggy cliffs for hundreds of years have shown the peak construction skills of the ancients. Next Huyen Khong Tu The famous 1,500-year-old Hang Son mountain, Jiangnan region also has a hanging temple that has existed for more than 700 years – Dai Tu Nham Tu.

Dai Xu Nhan Tu Temple is located about 25 km south of Jiande city, Zhejiang province. Dai Tu Nham Pagoda started construction in the period 1297 – 1307 under the Nguyen Dynasty, existed for more than 700 years.

According to history books, the founder of the temple was the monk Mac Tu Uyen – a prominent monk at that time in Lam An, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The overall architecture of the temple has more than 40 compartments, supported by wooden trusses and stone pillars. Part of the temple protrudes outside, part is built into the cliff.

Unlike the hanging pagoda in the North, because it is located in the south of the Yangtze River, the natural scenery around Dai Tu Nham Tu is harmonious.  Photo: Sohu

Unlike the hanging pagoda in the North, because it is located in the south of the Yangtze River, the natural scenery around Dai Tu Nham Tu is harmonious. Image: Sohu

In particular, the main hall is the place to worship Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Electricity built in the cave is 3 m high, 60 m long and 20 m wide. The upper part has a protruding stone to shield the ancient house from the sun and rain. On one side, the temple is bordered by mountains, the other sides are also surrounded by high mountains, so the time exposure to sunlight is not much. This geographical factor plays an important role in preserving ancient architecture.

It is also famous for two large statues. The first is a natural Buddha image, known to be the largest natural standing Buddha in China to date. The Buddha statue integrates completely with nature. When carefully observing the highest mountain, visitors will see that the five senses of the Buddha are vividly shaped from a combination of rocky mountains, rock holes and plants. Experts assess the body of this natural stone statue is 147 m high, the head is 41.3 m and the width is more than 60 m. This is known as the largest natural standing Buddha in China.

In addition, there is also a two-faced Maitreya Buddha statue, each face is sculpted with its own posture. Sculptures with this shape are very rare. In it, one face of the Buddha is facing the distant mountains with the posture of two hands hidden in a wide shirt, smiling face. The other side is facing the temple, holding beads and cloth bag in hand, mouth seems to be speaking.

In late autumn and early winter, visitors from all over the world to the temple are overwhelmed by the golden color of the ancient ginkgo tree. The over 700-year-old ginkgo tree was planted by monk Mac Tu Uyen, 39.5 m high, 1.3 m in diameter, and 13 floors of canopy. It is recognized as “the most beautiful old tree in Hangzhou”. By growing in the land of Buddha, the ginkgo tree became a symbol of spirituality. Visitors often hang their wishes on the old tree.

The ancient ginkgo tree in the temple grounds.

The golden leaf season of the ancient ginkgo tree falls around November-December. Image: Sohu

To get to this temple, you can walk up the mountain by the stairs along the mountainside about 800m long or take the cable car. Either way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery under the mountain during the move.

The temple is open to visitors all year round, but most tourists prefer to visit in the summer because of the cool climate, fresh air and mountains. A tour lasts about two to three hours. Free entrance for tourists, parking fee 10 yuan one way (about 35,000 VND)

700 year old pagoda hanging on the cliff

Hanh Pham (According to Ctrip)

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