Truc Lam Pagoda
"Dit is echt een aanrader! De rit met de kabelbaan duurt niet heel lang, net lang genoeg om geen genoeg te krijgen van het uitzicht en brengt je naar de andere kant van de bergen, waar je weer een fantastisch uitzicht hebt. Je kunt de andere kant gaan ontdekken of met een retourkaartje weer terug en Dalat verder ontdekken. Zeker de moeite waard, wij deden het als tussenstop tijdens een ritje door de bergen."
Truc Lam Pagoda - Dalat
The Truc Lam Pagoda - is situated on a hill. Nowadays you can visit the temple by cable car. This is also a fun way to see the city and surrounding countryside. The Truc Lam Pagoda was built in the 1990s and miss the old atmosphere of ancient Buddhist pagodas. It is a very popular place for local tourists and so it can get pretty noisy and hectic go. The temple is situated on a mountain (Prenn Hill), about 5 kilometers from Dalat at an artificial lake.
There are about 100 monks studying Zen Buddhism in the monastery. It is one of the largest Zen meditation study centers in Vietnam.
If you take a taxi to the top, you go up the hill with a winding road to the temple. The bell tower is clearly visible from afar. The roof of the pagoda is also prominent and contrast against the surrounding green pine forests. The entrance to the temple is somewhat remote. You will not be dropped off at the gate, but you must enter a staircase of 61. Another way is that you start down the hill at the artificial Tuyen Lam Lake. You have by foot and to take a staircase of 222.
The temple is divided into two parts. One that is open to the public and one that is closed to the public. This is for the 50 monks and 50 nuns, who are living here. Here are meditation rooms, dining rooms, kitchen, meeting rooms and similar.
The cable car
The public area is situated on a large plateau area on the grounds of the temple, about 1300 m above sea level. The area around the monastery has an abundance of beautiful blooming flowers, potted plants and trees. You have a stunning view of the mountains and the artificial Benhuit Tuyen Lam Lake, down the mountain.
The public areas include a ceremonial hall, flanked by a bell tower on the right and facilities to the visitors on the left side. At the front is a rose garden and in front of the gate is an artificial little lake.
The statue in the most important ceremonial hall is Gautama Buddha, sitting on a lotus. He is flanked on both sides by Van Thu Su Loi and Pho Hien, which are known for their wisdom and dedication. The adjacent room is used on the 14th and 29th of every lunar month. That is on the eve of the full moon and new moon. At that day the abbot discuss and meditate there with the students.
The booming area
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"The pagoda and temple is just off the high street in Trai Mat down a dirt tracked road. The temple is to the left and then in front of it there is an open square in front of the temple with a monument of a monk standing under a small two tiered pagoda.
The Pagoda is just over to the right and is very beautiful it is very high and has seven tiers. Each tier of the pagoda is typical eastern designed with the corners of the roof curling up towards the sky there is a small walk way around each level.."