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Hue Buddhism Tour - The Spirited Away Life

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Hue Buddhism Tour: The Spirited Away Life

Buddhism, the world’s four-largest religion, originated in Ancient India around 27 centuries ago and developed into three main schools: Theravada (China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan), Mahayana (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) and Vajrayana (Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Mongolia). Buddhism entered Vietnam through the one-thousand-year domination of China. That is the reason why this religion in Vietnam was influenced by Taoism, Han folk religion and Vietnamese folk religion.

Hue, one of the Buddhism centers of Vietnam, is where more than 60 percent of the population is Buddhist. By joining this Buddhism Tour, you will have chance to explore the Orient Culture and Spiritual life. Discover the diversity of Hue culture, architecture and Buddhism, which were strongly influenced by China and India.

Am: Have breakfast early at your hotel, as we will depart very soon this morning before the streets are crowded. Our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel at 6:30am, enjoy the fresh air and the mist of early dawn. Start your morning with QiGong practice at Cat Tuong Quan Zen House. In the belief of Taoists, Buddhists and Confucians, practicing QiGong helps us to reach the higher level of awareness and maintain mindfulness. Enjoy tea with traditional pastry, walk around the area and listen to the sound of nature before you leave.

After the class, you will be transferred to Phat Dung Pagoda, a typical Theravada Pagoda lies on the mountain slope with characters that you can find in most pagodas in Vietnam. Here stands a big GuanYin (Lady Buddha) statue that you can see from Khai Dinh Mausoleum.

Visit another pagoda named Thien Lam Pagoda, a typical Mahayana Pagoda (which is a minority school of Buddhism in Vietnam) and explore its stunning architecture which was strongly influenced by Indian Buddhism. It’s even called “Indian Pagoda” by local people. You will understand the differences between these two schools of Buddhism, from architecture, Kasaya (monk’s clothes) to practicing method.

After visiting two typical pagodas of Buddhism, you will be transferred to another Pagoda for lunch. If you are lucky on time, you can join in the “Cau An Ceremony” at noon before lunch, pray for peace and good health.

Pm: After lunch, you will be transferred along the way between rice fields and mountain scene to visit Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda which lies in the valley among hills and mountains. This 30-years-old pagoda is a one-of-a-kind Mahayana Pagoda of Hue. Mahayana Monks tents to practice asceticism and dwell in forest, this is why Huyen Khong Son Thuong is not easy to reach. However, different from the “Indian Pagoda” you visited in the morning, this pagoda is built in Chinese and Vietnamese style as a proof of culture interference. Enjoy the atmosphere of the remote place.

Leave Huyen Khong Son Thuong, you will get to the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. On the way to Thien Mu, you will pass by Temple of Literature which is the place to honor and worship Confucius. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda (or also called Linh Mu), which is the oldest and the most famous pagoda in Hue, has a long history with Hue Ancient Capital.

Get on the dragon boat sail down the Perfume River and enjoy sunset on a clear day. Get to Toa Kham dock, you will be transferred back to your hotel on car (or on foot if you want to walk around the city). End of tour, Goodbye and See you again!

Inclusion: Transport, English Speaking Guide, QiGong practice, Lunch, Boat, Mineral Water.

Note: Best time to sail on Perfume River is the dry season (from February to October).

Price: USD/Person

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Included: All mentioned in itinerary details. 

Excluded: Insurance, drinks, other personal expenses, Tips for guide & driver

What to bring: Elastic waist pants, discreet clothes, sun-glasses, walking shoes, camera, hat/umbrella.

Notes:

  • These costs are for private tours.
  • QiGong class only takes one group per day and need to check at least 48 hours before practicing day.
  • Please inform your lunch option (vegetarian/non-vegetarian) when you book tour