Perfume Pagoda – A Magical Kingdom

My words won’t do justice to the Perfume Pagoda.  Sixty five kms from Hanoi, it’s known to the Vietnamese as Chua Huong  and is thought to be over 500 years old.  Many visit because they believe they will be graced with good luck.  The complex houses 15 separate pagodas nestled amongst the tropical Huong Tich mountains. To reach the main entrance you must travel 5 km along a river almost entirely flanked by lotus flower farms.  The journey there induced conversations about Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ but the only darkness we felt was when the bill arrived for lunch. We were told that less than 200 other visitors joined us on Saturday compared to the hundreds of thousands of Buddhists pilgrims who come to the site during New Year celebrations called Tet. We’ll return, but perhaps not then.

New crops of rice being planted on the journey to the Pagoda
Everything is sacred including the advertisements
lily pads of the lotus flower
locals fishing
Somara’s reward for helping row


climbing towards PP
The first of many stairs


Ancient beauty


pagoda shape
On the way to a place called Heaven’s Kitchen


The only image I could get of this temple as there’s no photography allowed any closer
A bell in the main cave, can you tell I was mesmerized
One of the very few people we met leaving
Emergency rain hat
Even the decay is stunning
I can understand Monet’s obsession with these

3 thoughts on “Perfume Pagoda – A Magical Kingdom

  • July 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous! Looks like we missed something special

  • July 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hey, Somara got a haircut! And what does it mean to say someone is “like a goat?” Love the blog posts.

  • July 7, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Loving your blog Sonya . I feel like an armchair traveler. Hope you are adjusting to the heat!


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