Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chùa Bổ Đà - Bo Da Pagoda, Bac Giang, Vietnam

Chùa Bổ Đà

Chùa Bổ Đà - Bo Da Pagoda is situated at the foot of a hill of pines, beautiful and quiet, surrounded by walls of soil, with mountains and rivers at the distance. Everything in this old pagoda has a distinct brown soil color: the wall, the tiles, the big water jars, the plant pots, etc. The pagoda was first erected in the 11th century, in the Ly dynasty when Buddhism prospered in Vietnam. After nearly 300 years, it has been renovated many times and the current architecture style is from the Nguyen dynasty (the last dynasty of feudal Vietnam). Especially, there kept the oldest Buddhist texts in Vietnam, engraved in Diospyros decandra wood and lasted for hundreds of years without any preservatives.

Writing a proper introduction about the place may exceed my humble knowledge, so check out here for more information (in Vietnamese). However, we hope that the photographs here can be our invitation for you to visit this place in Vietnam.

Chùa Bổ Đà

Chùa Bổ Đà

For us, the most interesting scene in the pagoda must be the field of old tombs lied along the hill, which are said to be of the chief monks of the pagoda and some others.

Chùa Bổ Đà

Chùa Bổ Đà

You need to climb up the hill to visit another temple

Chùa Bổ Đà

Chùa Bổ Đà

And this is the view from the top of the hill

Chùa Bổ Đà

It was truly a pleasant trip in the afternoon and we must thank our brother & sister (Tú & Thủy) for bringing us there ;)

Chùa Bổ Đà

On our way back on the levee, we were lucky to catch a beautiful sunset by the river...

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Sunset by the river

Technical info: Olympus XA (35mm f2.8) / Kodak ColorPlus 200
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