Thích Ca Phật Đài is a famous temple not only in Vung Tau city but all over our country. The temple was built in 1941 and has become an attractive destination for pilgrims but also for tourists.
Typical architectures of Thích Ca Phật Đài
Thích Ca Phật Đài temple is located on the northern slope of Lớn (Big) Mountain, the campus is about 5 hectares wide, including a complex of pagodas and Buddha statues. The beauty of the temple resides in the union of religious architecture with landscape. The campus is like a crescent moon divided into three levels in a pyramid shape, from 3m – 29m above sea level.
The first level is a three-arched-entrances gate and a flower garden. The second level has a house with a traditional gallery while the third level consists of Thiền Lâm Tự and Buddha relics.
The main statue of Gautama Buddha sitting on a large lotus blossom is the most prominent work. This white color statue was cast in reinforced concrete, surrounded with foliage, resembling a jungle, and heavily populated by birds. The statue has 10 meters high and can be seen from far away that why it has become a major tourist location in the city.
Along the path from the main gate to the temple, there are many statues that depict important events in the life of the Gautama Buddha.
Near the top of the hill, there is a bodhi tree that was brought to Vietnam in 1960, by the Venerable Narada Maha Thera from Sri Lanka.
Another attractive structure is the Octagonal tower with 19 meters high, surrounded by four large peaks in each direction. Each site contains soil taken from the four holiest sites of Buddhism in ancient India: Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar.
Due to its perfect location, from Thích Ca Phật Đài temple, visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of Vũng Tàu city as well as Bến Đá port with countless ships and feel the fresh air of the sea.
- Location: 608 Trần Phú, Ward 5, Vũng Tàu city.
- Best for: Family, couple, solo
- Entrance: Free
- Opening Hours: Daily 04:00 – 18:00
- Other tourist spots nearby: Nghinh Phong cape, Hồ Mây tourist area, Long Hải beach…