But Thap Pagoda Bac Ninh is a Buddhist site located on the right bank of Duong River in But Thap Village, Dinh To Commune, Thuan Thanh Town. This is a significant attraction of religion and history in Bac Ninh Province that tourists should always visit whenever they get there. Also, the pagoda is Vietnam’s Special National Relic whose history was linked to the 13th and 17th centuries.
A Quick Glance at the History of But Thap Pagoda
There is no exact record proving the year when this pagoda was constructed, but it was known that the site had existed from the era of Tran Thanh Tong King (1258 – 1278). The pagoda had been led by Huyen Quang Zen Master, Chuyet Chuyet Zen Master, Minh Hanh Zen Master, and some other descendants. In particular, during the leading of Chuyet Chuyet Zen Master, this religious construction became quite famous for the venerable abbot, the wood carvings, and excellent architecture.
It was recorded that the Pagoda was built in the 13th century (during Tran Dynasty), and then rebuilt in the 17th century (during the Le Dynasty). Particularly in the 17th century, the site was reconstructed due to the wishes of a Chinese monk and Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc (a daughter of Lord Tring Trang). As a result, the pagoda had the architectural styles of Vietnam and China, which was “Internal Attack with Outside Support”. In 1876, under the reign of Tu Duc King, the pagoda was named “But Thap” as the King saw the tower from afar, and considered it similar to the “pen brush tower upraising to the sky.” With outstandingly critical history and art, this site was inscribed as Vietnam’s National Relic since 2013.
Going through several times of restorations, But Thap was the Pagoda with the most intact architecture in Vietnam. To the locals, they often called it “Nhan Thap Pagoda.” As one of the most ancient and largest pagodas in the North Delta of Vietnam, this venue was nature-friendly and faced the South direction. In the Buddhism belief, the South was the direction of Wisdom.
The Visible Highlights of But Thap Pagoda Vietnam
First of all, this religious haven preserves an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Statue with one thousand eyes and one thousand hands. Historically, the Status was made in 1656. It is 3.7m high and 2.1m wide. The furthest hand has a length of 200cm. In particular, the status of the Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddha has 11 heads, large hands and small hands of various lengths. This is considered the unique masterpiece of Buddha statue that values the 17th-century Buddhism philosophy. Each detail carved on the Status represents the meaningful and mystic philosophies of Buddhism that leave the strong impressions on pilgrims and visitors. Outstandingly, the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Statue with 1.000 arms and 1.000 eyes was ranked as National Treasure since 2012.
Beside the magnificent Bodhisattva Statue, the Pagoda owns more than other 70 wooden statues made in various positions such as standing, sitting, kneeling, meditating, etc. What’s more, there stand out some stone paintings carved with the figures of birds, plants, and flowers that all look fascinating. Overall, there are 10 buildings scattered for 100 meters, from the 3 entrance gates to the bell tower and the backhouse.
Bao Nghiem Tower is the not-to-miss highlight in But Thap Pagoda Vietnam. This revered tower was dedicated to worship Chuyet Chuyet Zen Master. The top of the tower looked like the giant pen upraising toward the sky. This tower is 13m high, including 5 floors while the top was made of the blue stones. Especially in the ground floors, there are 13 stone paintings whose topics are the animals. That tower presents the excellent 17th-century arts of stone combinations and sculpture of the old Vietnamese workers. Every highlight in the But Thap makes it the most intact and typical example of the classical Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam.
Travel to But Thap Pagoda Bac Ninh
Bac Ninh Province welcomes all pilgrims and tourists to travel to But Thap Pagoda all seasons. When you step into the lobby and the ground of the place, things that first attract you are the sophisticated carved paintings of wood and stone. Their topics are about the friendly nature and animals. If noticing, you might recognize the statues of some strange animals that seems to guard the site, according to the spiritual beliefs. Then, you pass the three entrance gates and the bell tower to access the major areas of But Thap. Inside the pagoda are the magnificent Bodhisattva Statue and some other revered statues. Take time worshipping and praying for the best in this sacred zone.
Next, expect to contemplate the historical Bao Nghiem Tower which looks similar to the giant pen brush upraising to the blue sky. If possible, check each story block of the tower, touch the antique bells in the corners to see how valuable they are. Time at this solemn tower lies peacefully, with no second to think of any redundant thing. When you’re getting immersed in the solemn and tranquil atmosphere, you come to appreciate what you’re born with. Furthermore, each object preserved in this religious hub has the irreplaceable historical values.
Visiting But Thap Pagoda Bac Ninh, people are likely to admire the incredibly historical architecture, the beautiful carved pictures, and the unique masterpieces of Buddha Statues that nowhere else has. Housing the National Treasure of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Statue, this Pagoda does attract the Buddhists nationwide and even worldwide. So if you get to Bac Ninh for any reason, make sure you have time to visit the significant But Thap Pagoda – one of the most intact, beautiful, and classical Buddhist sites in Vietnam.
In fact, the tourists include But Thap Pagoda in the itinerary from Hanoi. The pagoda is around 30km from Hanoi, which takes 40-minute driving. Contact email@example.com to book one of day tours from Hanoi to Bat Trang Village, Dong Ho Village, and then But Thap Pagoda. The pagoda visit in Bac Ninh is impressive and worthy enough to attract many Hanoians and visitors from other places.
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