Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery (in Ba Ria –Vung Tau) is known as the place setting the record of the biggest herd of wild monkeys in Vietnam.
The biggest herd of wild monkeys in Vietnam
Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery is located in the foot of Ky Van mountain, Dat Do district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau. At the beginning, this pagoda was a small temple. In 1987, the Buddhist monkThich Thong Luan repaired and practiced here.
The monastery is also the living emvironment of long-tailed monkeys with the number of nearly 200 individuals, which was recognized as “the pagoda with the biggest herd of wild monkeys” by the Vietnam Record Organization. Therefore, Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery is also called Monkey Pagoda by the local people. Every day, the herd of monkeys often goes down the mountain to find food and play in the campus of the pagoda.
Thanks to a convenient location “the mountain behind and the sea in front”, the pagoda is very impressive by the purity of meditation space between mountains and forests. The pagoda has a simple architectire and worships the Buddha meditated on the lotus throne.
About Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery
In 9 years ago, its main palace was built spaciously with the architecture similar to the one of Truc Lam Monastery in Da Lat. The drum tower, the bell tower and 2 big-sized oil lamps are put in the 2 sides of the pagoda’s yard.
Behind of the main palace is the huge stone masterpieces which are endwed by the nature. Each stone weights dozens of tons with many different shapes. The word “Phat” (“Buddha” in English) is carved into the biggest stones in the pagoda.
The poem of the Buddha Monk Chan Nguyen is carved in the elephant-shaped stone. The Buddha Monk Chan Nguyen (1647-1726) had the monk name as Tue Dang. He was a worthy man who restored Truc Lam Monastery of Tran dynasty in the North. Along the mountain, there are many small and simple temples being built for monks gathering.
Truc Lam Chan Nguyen is located in the middle of wild nature, nestled in the big moutain ranges and trees, creating a quite and solemn space.
The way to this tourist attraction in Vung Tau is also very attractive. Going along the winding road toward Long Hai beach, you will see the beautiful sea in one side and the nice Ky Van mountain on the other side. After that, you will see Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery peacefully under great mountains.
Especially, this place also has the stones in shapes of the snake bitting a pearl – the symbol of prosperity, the giant elephant kneeling and the Buddha head statue. The tours to Vung Tau often take the tourists to Thien Vien Chan Nguyen to admire the landscape and see the herd of monkeys.
The suitable time for you to see the adorable monkeys is about 10 -11 a.m. At that time, the monkeys will come back to the forest to be fed by the monks. Some domestic and international tourists coming to Vung Tau also bring many fruits for them so they are very excited and friendly to humans. In this period, the pagoda becomes very bustling by the sound of monkeys running on the stones in the middle of the forest. This scene makes many tourists image to the temples of Hanoman Lord in India – the land of Buddhism.
After playing with the monkeys, if you love adventuring and admiring the poetic river landscape, you should go along the trail behind the pagoda leading to Bach Van mountain. At the top of the mountain, Bach Van temple lies in the middle of the mountains. This is the reason why this tourist attraction in Vung Tau is loved by the tourists like that.
Coming to Truc Lam Chan Nguyen Monastery, you will feel peaceful in the space of pure meditation, comfortable in the natural forest, forgetting all lassitudes of the daily life. Especially, you will be happy when seeing the cute and playful monkeys. This place surely gives you many unforgettable memories.
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