Legend has it that in a cataclysmic year, a gold bell on a raft floated down the river to the alluvial ground of Nhan Duc Hamlet.

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Location

Bell pagoda locates at Nhan Duc commune, Hien Nam ward, Hung Yen city. Legend has it that in a cataclysmic year, a gold bell on a raft floating on the river to the alluvial ground of Nhan Duc Hamlet. People from many villages in the region came, trying to take the gold bell to their village but they failed. Only the elders of the Nhan Duc village could move the bell. The villagers built the Bell Temple to hang the bold bell. Every time the bell was hit, its sound went thousands of miles away. Thus the temple is called Bell Pagoda.

The history

The villagers built a pagoda to hang the bell. Every time the bell was struck, its sound travelled for thousands of miles. Thus the temple is called Bell Pagoda.

Bell Pagoda was built under the reign of the Le Dynasty in the 15th century, and it was upgraded in 1702. The pagoda has the same structure as many pagodas in the north, consisting of a three-door entrance gate, forecourt, front-worshipping rooms.

Behind the three-door entrance gate is the stone bridge dated back to 1702. There is a path in the middle of the ground.

Bell pagoda via Mapio.net

“I have come here for many times. I see the pagoda not only is a sacred place but it also has a beautiful landscape. As far as I know, the pagoda is the oldest in the north,” Luu Thi Ngoc Lan, a local visitor said.

Bell Pagoda is famous for many Buddha statues, notably are 18 Arhats, four Bodhisattvas and the King of Hell’s Seven Court Halls along the two corridors.

According to monk Thich Thanh Hai from the Bell Pagoda, the statues here date back hundreds of years.

“They are made of soil, different with those in Tay Phương Pagoda which are made of wood. The statues need to be kept dry so that they remain intact,” he said.

With its historical, cultural and architectural values, Bell Pagoda was recognized as artistic architectural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 1992, and has become a popular tourist attraction. According to many, a visit to Hung Yen would be incomplete without seeing Bell Pagoda.

Bell pagoda was built under the reign of Later Le Dynasty, and it was upgraded in 1702. The pagoda has the structure of “Noi cong ngoai quoc” including three-door entrance gate, forecourt, front-worshipping rooms, 02 corridors, Ancestor worshipping house and Mother worshipping house.

Behind the Three-door entrance gate is the stone bridge dated back to 1702. There is a right path in the middle of the ground. In Buddhism, it is the only way to help people escape from suffering.

Bell pagoda via Vietnam Landmarks

Bell pagoda is famous for many Buddha statues, for example, Three Buddha of the Past, the Present and the Future, 18 Arhats, 4 Bodhisattvas and the King of Hell’s Seven Court Halls.

The most valuable thing of Bell pagoda is the stone stele dating back to 1711.  This stele shows the formation and development of Pho Hien in the past in the 16th – 17th century. Additionally, the stele named the scene of the pagoda and the names of contributors of the pagoda’s restoration.

Bell pagoda was recognized as historical, cultural, architectural and art relic at national relic in 1992. This is one of the most famous tourist attractions to attract visitors to Pho Hien.

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