Tired of the madding crowds? Then this Zen Buddhist monastery in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue is absolutely a must-visit for you.
Truc Lam Bach Ma Monastery stands atop the Bach Ma (White Horse) Mountain Range in Phu Loc District, around 30 kilometers south of the former imperial city of Hue.
The place feels like heaven with amazing white clouds that look like horses riding on the mountain peaks, all year round.
The monastery can be reached via a short boat ride across the tranquil Truoi Lake. While Bach Ma is quite famous, mostly because it serves as a tourism site and a nature reserve – known as Bach Ma National Park, the Truoi Lake is a well-kept secret.
The crystal clear water reflects green trees and mountains. On the other side of the lake is the monastery, but first you have to climb up 173 stairs.
In Buddhist theory, one of the ways to see Buddha or to achieve Zen is to clear the mind. Climbing up the stairs while keeping count of the number of steps and breaths can actually free your mind from worries.
From the top the view is stunning.
The monastery was built in March 2006. It is the country’s fourth Zen Buddhist monastery, after the ones in Quang Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Lam Dong.
It has traditional pagoda gates, bell towers and halls for Buddhist rituals.
As the Bach Ma Mountain Range stands 1,450 meters above sea level, the year-round temperature is around 19-21 degrees Celsius. The climate is as cool as in Da Lat, the hilly resort town in the Central Highlands.
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Truc Lam Bach Ma Monastery is located on the top of the Bach Ma Mountain Range.
Boats wait to take tourists to the other side of the Truoi Lake
The crystal clear water of the Truoi Lake
A boat at the pier
The Truoi lake under a misty blanket
The gate of Truc Lam Bach Ma monastery
The monastery's main chamber from outside
Green trees in the monastery's campus
An overview of the Truoi Lake
A boat on the lake
The landscape around the monastery
Plants on Bach Ma Mountain Range
A boat ride on the Truoi Lake