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Viet Nam travel: Visit Thay Pagoda in Ha Noi and discover Cacco Cave

There are a lot of Buddhist pagodas in and around Hanoi. Those who have already dropped by pagodas in the center of town are recommended to call at Thay Pagoda.

Thay Pagoda is about 30km southwest of downtown Hanoi and situated at the foot of Sai Son Mountain. It is a venue for both tourists and pilgrims to admire its old architecture as well as the peaceful and romantic landscape of the place.

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Summer is an ideal time for visitors to see flamboyantly red flowers on the large gao trees in front of the 900-year-old pagoda.
The pagoda, also known as Sai, Ca or Thien Phuc, was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong.
The pagoda is closely associated with monk Tu Dao Hanh who was well-known for his humility and generosity towards the poor. Legend has it that Hanh invented water puppetry to depict the lives of the rural population. This art of performance has become popular nationwide.

Thay Pagoda consists of three parallel buildings, including Ha (lower) Pagoda, Trung (middle) Pagoda, and Thuong (upper) Pagoda. The outer Ha Pagoda is for offerings and ceremonies, the middle Trung Pagoda for worshiping the Buddha, and the upper Thuong Pagoda is where Tu Dao Hanh is worshipped.

The age-old structure looks impressive with a curved roof and an airy and peaceful surrounding.  Visitors may be amazed by a beautiful lake with a floating temple where water puppetry is shown and two bridges linking to Tam Phu Temple.
Moreover, Cac Co Cave is right there to challenge those fearing the dark. It is difficult to enter the cave because it is accessible via steep rocks that get slippery after rain.

The cave holds 3,600 sets of remains of Vietnamese soldiers who were walled in when fighting Chinese invaders. It is deep and dark, so visitors need a tour guide and a flashlight.

The monk Tu Dao Hanh was born in 1072 under Ly dynasty.His life was attached with two famous pagodas in Hanoi : Lang Pagoda ( early time of his life) & Thầy Pagoda ( his religious life & his death).On the date of lunnar 7th March annually –the death day of the monk, both pagodas celebrated a big festival to pay tribute to him :

“ Remember the date of lunar 7th March.

People both take part in festivals in Lang & Thay pagoda”

His reputation did great memories in local people’s mind because of romantic stories about his great magic and kindness. He travelled around the regions helping people without asking for return. Finally, in order to lead his religious life profoundly, Tu Dao Hanh chose Sai Son mountain (its colloquial name is Thay mountain) to build up a small pagoda named Huong Hai (it was then changed into "Thầy" pagoda ). He passed away here in 1116,and accidentally in that year, King Ly Than Tong was born. The myth that King Ly Than Tong was the afterlife of Tu Dao Hanh has been rumored from this event. You can view two famous statues of Tu Dao Hanh monk in Thay temple : one of his real body mummified, another one is said to be his afterlife of reincarmation-the King Ly Than Tong.

If you like to do some more adventure, Cac Co limestone cave is a destination that you should spend time on discovering. Just from the high pagoda, you follow the steps along mountain side in 15 minutes to reach the cave's's entrance.Local people are famous with their saying : “the single girls should spend time visiting Cac Co cave, the single man should not forget Thay pagoda’s festival” as Cac Co cave was the place where men & women met and loved eachother.

The path leading to the cave is quite narrow, tight, slippery & dark, you need to use the torch to go inside (renting at the entrance).I must say it is worth paying a visit to this cave.The deeper you go inside, the more beautiful and surprised you will get thanks to its mystery and wonderful shapes of stalagmites & stalactites. Locals normally come here to praise for love & happiness for their family

How to get to Thay Pagoda?
Just 20km far from Hanoi center in the west , follow Lang-Hoa Lac highway until you view on the right a number of mountains jutting out from the farmland, likened to the body of a dragon, you just make a right turn about 2km to reach Thay temple (in Sai Son mountain, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi city)

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