Wonderful Vietnam

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

Vietnam is a thin strip of land that borders with China up in the North, and Laos and Cambodia to the West. It was once a lesser-known travel destination but Vietnam has since become widely popular in recent years.

In fact, Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi is consistently ranked among the world’s top 10 holiday destinations. Since the late 80s, Vietnam has opened its doors to foreign tourists along a popular trail of attractions. You easily find backpackers and tourists even in the most remote Vietnamese province of Ha Giang. While Vietnam has been scarred by war, its exposure to French, American and Chinese cultures has left indelible marks on the country and added to its rich tapestry. A stunning and diverse landscape, mouthwatering cuisine, beautiful beaches and a vibrant shopping scene are all great reasons to travel to the fast-developing modern Communist state.

 

Regions of Vietnam

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Vietnam is geographically a part of Southeast Asia and the easternmost country in the Indochina region. The shape of the country resembles the letter ‘S’ and its long coastline lies along the South China Sea. The country borders China in the north, Laos along the long western border and Cambodia in the southwest. Vietnam has a population of 95.4 million people (in 2017), making it number 13 on the list of the most populous countries in the world.

Vietnam is divided into 58 provinces (Vietnamese: tỉnh), and there are 5 centrally-controlled municipalities existing at the same level as provinces: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Da Nang and Hai Phong.

A map of Vietnam's regions. Click to enlarge.

A map of Vietnam’s regions. Click to enlarge.

Vietnam has eight regions:

  1. Northwestern Region (Tây Bắc, Dong Bac)
  2. Northeastern region (Đông Bắc Bộ)
  3. Greater Ha Noi/ Red River Delta (Hà Nội Kinh-Dong Bang Song Hong)
  4. North Central Coast (Bắc Trung Bộ)
  5. South Central Coast (Nam Trung Bộ)
  6. Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên)
  7. Southeastern (Đông Nam Bộ)
  8. Southwestern region, in the Mekong River Delta (Tây Nam Bộ-Đồng Bằng Sông Cửu Long)

 

Religion in Vietnam

Vietnam is home to many religions, including Caodai, a monotheistic religion

Vietnam is home to many religions, including Caodai, a monotheistic religion

There are several established religions in Vietnam (including those arising from Vietnamese folk beliefs), which has been historically tied with the doctrines of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism (collectively called the three teachings or tam giáo). According to official 2014 statistics by the Vietnamese government, there are 24 million people who are identified with one of the major organised religions out of a population of 90 million. Of these, 11 million (12.2%) are Buddhists, 6.2 million (6.8%) are Catholics, 4.4 million (4.8%) are Caodaists (an indigenous folk religion), 1.4 million (1.6%) are Protestants, and 1.3 million (1.4%) are Hoahaoists. In addition, there are 75,000 Muslims, 7,000 Bahais, 1,500 Hindus and other smaller groups (less than 1%). Traditional folk religions (worship of gods, goddesses, and ancestors) has also experienced a revival since the 1980s.

 

Best Time to Travel to Vietnam

Low Season(April – June, September–November)
This is usually the best time to travel throughout Vietnam as tourists and visitor numbers is at its lowest, and prices of goods and services are lower. However, be warned that the central and northern coastline are frequently lashed by typhoons until November.

Mid Season(December – March)
During the Tet Vietnamese New Year festival (around Jan – Feb), the entire nation is on the move and prices experience spikes. Central Vietnam does get cool weather and visitors can expect cold conditions up north. However in the south, clear skies and sunshine are the norm.

High Season (July – August)
This is the period when tourists flock to Vietnam and as a result, prices go up by as much as 50% especially along the coastal areas and it would be wise to book hotels well in advance to avoid disappointment. All of Vietnam at this time, except for the far north, is hot and humid, with the summer monsoon bringing downpours.

 

Brief History of Vietnam

Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

Vietnam’s story is a narrative of difficulty, with its history filled with a succession of wars, colonization and rebellion. In its earlier history, the Chinese imperial forces occupied Vietnam for over a thousand years. At different points in history, Vietnam was torn asunder by civil wars and invaded by the Song Dynasty from China, the Mongol Yuan Dynasty, the Champa Empire, the Ming Dynasty, the Dutch, the Qing Dynasty, the French and then American forces.

Mandarins of Nguyen Dynasty

Mandarins of Nguyen Dynasty

Vietnam managed to fend off many invaders and remained independent but she was still a tributary state to China until the time the French came and colonized her. The last emperors of Vietnam were those of the Nguyễn Dynasty that ruled from the capital at Huế between 1802 to1945. However, after 1884, the fall of Tự Đức led to a succession crisis that opened an opportunity for the French to colonize Vietnam. Both the Chinese and French left a lasting impact on Vietnamese culture with Confucianism being the heart of its social etiquette, and the French significantly influencing its culinary history.

Capture of Lang Son by French forces

Capture of Lang Son by French forces

After the short-lived Japanese occupation, the communist Việt Minh regime under Hồ Chí Minh resumed their fight against the French. In 1945, the last Emperor, Bảo Đại abdicated the throne and a proclamation of independence ensued. By then, the majority of French had left the country but they returned a year later to resist Vietnamese independence until a decisive defeat in 1954 at Điện Biên Phủ. The country then became divided at the 17th parallel latitude with the Communist occupying in the north while the south was ruled by Ngô Đình Diệm who declared himself as the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

The Viêt Công backed North and the Republic South eventually clashed in what became known as the Vietnam War, although the Vietnamese themselves called it the American War. In the years prior to the war, the Unites States of America had progressively increased aid to South Vietnam. The aid included a vast expansion of American troops. This was part of President Kennedy’s fight of what he regarded to be a communist insurgency. It was supposed to be a quick military operation for the US troops but it dragged on until a cease-fire agreement of 1973. Two years later, a North Vietnamese tank drove defiantly into the Presidential Palace in Ho Chi Minh City and ended the war as South Vietnam fell to the communist. Throughout the war, it was estimated somewhere between 800,000 to 3 million Vietnamese and over 55 thousand Americans perished.

The American War is just one of many wars fought throughout Vietnam’s history but it was one of the most brutal. Such was the damage that today, over two thirds of the country’s population was born after 1975, after the war ended.

During the American War, the South Republic was overrun by the communist Viet Cong despite American aid

During the American War, the South Republic was overrun by the communist Viet Cong despite American aid

 

Vietnamese Culture

Traditional dress in Vietnam

Traditional dress in Vietnam

Vietnam’s bronze age flourished during the Đông Sơn period who were skilled in wet rice cultivation, fishing and sailing in canoes dug out from barks of tree trunks. Apart from that, the people of that era developed expertise in casting bronze and were especially famous for their bronze war drums. However, the Vietnamese people’s national consciousness and identity are deeply rooted in the Chinese culture drawing on elements from Confucianism and Taoism.

The foundation of Vietnamese society is structured around làng or ancestral villages and all Vietnamese celebrate a common ancestral day, which is on the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month. There is undeniable influence of Chinese influence brought by Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Hainan immigrants. The national religion of Vietnam is Buddhism and it is clear to see its impact upon popular culture and identity.

However, these days, the Vietnamese government is taking a more active role in shaping the Vietnamese consciousness and culture via the government-controlled media and ethnic-based programs.

 

Languages in Vietnam

The romanised Vietnamese alphabet is used throughout the country

The romanised Vietnamese alphabet is used throughout the country

The national language of Vietnam is a tonal Mon–Khmer language which is spoken by the majority of the population known as Tiếng Việt. Vietnamese originally used Chinese characters in its written form. Then in the 13th century, the Vietnamese developed its own characters and called it Chữ nôm. The romanized Vietnamese alphabet used today is called Quốc ngữ, which was developed by the Jesuit Alexandre de Rhodes and several other Catholic missionaries in the 17th century. Quốc ngữ became widespread and was instrumental in bringing literacy to the masses in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s diverse minority groups also speak a diversity of languages including Tày, Mường, Cham, Khmer, Chinese, Nùng, and H’Mông. Due to colonial rule, many older and educated Vietnamese speak French as a second language. Hence, Vietnam is a full member of the Francophonie, and there is a revival of interest in this language. In recent years, Vietnam’s contact with Western nations has increased due to trade, tourism and the Internet resulting in English becoming a more popular choice as a second language alongside French and in some schools completely replacing the French language.

 

Vietnamese Cuisine

A popular noodle dish known as Pho

A popular noodle dish known as Pho

Vietnamese cuisine is traditionally made up of a combination five main taste ‘elements’, which is known as ngũ vị. These elements consist of metal for spicy, wood for sour, fire for bitter, water for salty and earth for sweet. Vietnamese cooking includes ingredients like fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. In addition, Vietnamese cooking commonly uses spices like lemongrass, ginger, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander, Saigon cinnamon, bird’s eye chili, lime and basil leaves. In general, traditional Vietnamese cooking uses a lot of fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and a lot of herbs and vegetables and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines.

Northern Vietnamese cooking is less spicy than southern dishes. This is due to the difficulty in procuring spices in the past because of the colder climate in the north. Black pepper is deliberately used in place of chilies as the ingredient to make the dish spicy. Northern Vietnamese cooking also uses predominantly seafood. Most popular Vietnamese dishes, such as bún riêu and bánh cuốn, originated in the north and was brought down south to central and southern Vietnam by migrants.

Vietnamese spring rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls

Bahn Mi

Bahn Mi

Quang Noodles

Quang Noodles

 

20 Popular Destinations in Vietnam

 

1. Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Opera House

Saigon Opera House

The elegant Saigon Opera House which was also known as the Municipal Theater stands right in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. This old building was one of the more impressive structures in all of old Saigon. The French architect Eugene Ferret built this opera house in resplendent style reminiscent of the French Third Republic in 1898. The opera house stands just two meters above street level and has 2 layers of doors to prevent street noise from penetrating the interior.

The opera house stands on the city’s central axis, which is in parallel to the metro station and the roundabout right in the front of Ben Thanh market. When viewed from afar, the Opera House resembles an ornate pair of city gates. The architecture of the building showcases stone-carved ornaments, classical statues at the entrance, elegant chandeliers and a shiny granite floor of the lobby, which are all imported materials from France. The 468 seats of the oval auditorium were positioned in such a way that each seat has an excellent view of the stage. The wall is lined with material that absorbs sound so it is echo-free and preserves the sound quality from within theatre.

Naturally, the opera house is the venue for numerous high profile events and cultural and entertainment activities within the city. It is recognized to be a national relic in 2012 and is one the most popular destinations for those visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

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How to get there

The opera house stands right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and this makes it accessible via taxi, buses and motorcycle taxis from any part of the city. Airport shuttle bus no.49 ply the routes between the airport and the city center.

Address: 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phone: +84 862 7044 50
Website: https://ticketbox.vn/aoshow/en
Opening hours: 12:00–23:59 daily
Entrance fee: Ticket prices are available in the ticketbox website.

 

Accommodation

1. Opera Hotel
Address: R2-27,28, Nam Quang 1 area, Phu My Hung, District 7, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Phone: +84 285 4123 919

2. Little Saigon Boutique Hotel
Address: 36 Bis/2 Le Loi Boulevard, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 835 2184 64

3. Silverland Sakyo Hotel
Address: 10A Le Thanh Ton St., Ben Nghe Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 283 8295 295

 

2. Giac Lam Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City

Giac Lam Pagoda. Click to enlarge.

Giac Lam Pagoda. Click to enlarge.

This temple was built in 1744 and is believed to be the oldest in the city. Giac Lam has the atmosphere of an old Vietnamese temple surrounded by serene landscaped gardens. The temple’s name in Chinese characters (覚林寺) literally means ‘Feel the Woods Temple’ and the Bodhi tree stands in the front garden was a gift from a Sri Lankan monk in 1953. Buddhist prayers are done daily from 4am to 5am, 11am to noon, 4pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.

A white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat or the Goddess of Mercy standing on a lotus embodies ideals of purity. Typical of Vietnamese Buddhist temples, one can observe aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism elements. The pagoda with an iconic bronze bell is a pilgrimage spot for the sick and elderly as it is believed that when struck, one’s prayers would be fulfilled.

The inner sanctum in the main hall is filled with ancient gilded Buddha statues. On the central dais at the back of the shrine sits Adida Buddha, recognizable with his multi-colored halo. There is also a prominent laughing Buddha surrounded by five children and the Ameda, the Buddha of Infinite Light, Compassion and Wisdom. This historic pagoda temple is just 3km from Cholon and can be reached by taxi or motorbike taxi (xe om).

Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda

The inner sanctum of the main prayer hall

The inner sanctum of the main prayer hall

 

How to get there

This historic pagoda temple is just 3km from Cholon and can be reached by taxi or motorbike taxi (xe om). Cholon is the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City.

Address: 565 Lạc Long Quân, phường 10, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 838 6539 33
Opening Hours: 05:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 20:00 daily
Entrance Fee: No

 

Accommodation

1. Khải Hoàn Apartment
Address: Lau1, 624 Lạc Long Quân, Phường 5, Quận 11, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 839 7564 20

2. Huy Hoang Hotel
Address: 117 Trương Công Định, phường 14, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

3. Lilly Hotel
Address: 1 Bàu Cát, phường 14, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 394 9313 9

 

3. Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel

The Cu Chi tunnels is a legendary underground structure of the 1960s, for its role in maintaining control of the rural area around 30km to 40km radius from Ho Chi Minh city. At the height of the Vietnam War, this tunnel system stretched from the city to the Cambodian border. In fact, the Cu Chi district alone had a network of over 250km that is spread out all over the countryside. This network of tunnels that at some parts go several storeys deep into the earth, consists of innumerable trapdoors, living spaces, storage areas, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.

These networks of tunnels at Cu Chi represent the tenacious spirit of the Vietnamese people. There is little evidence today of the bitter fighting, bombing and utter destruction that enveloped Cu Chi during the war. These days you can only see it when one digs deeper below the surface and descend into these caves. Vietnamese school children and Communist Party cadres frequent these caves to pay homage to the indomitable spirit of the people.

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How to get there

Cu Chi Tunnels is 75 kilometers northwest or a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, it would be best to arrange a taxi or a car specially arranged through an agent.

Address: Ấp Phú Hiệp, Phú Hiệp, Phú Mỹ Hưng, Củ Chi, Bến Tre 733800, Vietnam
Hours: 07:00–17:00 daily
Phone: +84 837 9488 30
Entrance Fee: 110,000 VND per person for entrance

 

Accommodation

1. Les Hameaux de l’Orient
Address: Hamlet Rang, Trung Lap Thuong, Cu Chi, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 838 9268 39

2. Ibis Saigon Airport
Address: 2 Hong Ha Street, Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Phone:: +84 838 4855 56

3. Quang Trung Hotel
Address: 1118 Quang Trung, 8, Gò Vấp, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 989 0701 44

 

4. War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

This museum is highly popular with tourists and was formerly known as the Museum of The Chinese and American War Crimes and is located in the building that was once housed the US Information Service. There are several similar museums but few that convey the brutality of the war and the sufferings of the civilian population, as effectively as this one. The evidence of atrocities on display in this museum is well known but rarely do Western audience hear the story as told by victims of US military action during the war. Although the narrative in the museum is biased but most of the disturbing photographs that illustrate US brutality were actually from US sources, including the infamous My Lai Massacre.

The compound outside the museum is dotted with American armored trucks, wartime artillery, bombs and infantry weapons. There is also a corner dedicated to displays of the French and South Vietnamese prisons at Phu Quoc and Con Son Island. There are old artifacts used for punishment, from that era including the French guillotine and the cruel ‘tiger cages’ that were used to imprison Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists) prisoners.

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The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to collection of wartime posters and photographs that showcase antiwar sentiment. In contrast to the horrors that are displayed elsewhere in the museum, this is a welcome change. The photos on display upstairs are jarring and they should proof of children burnt and disfigured by US bombing and napalm attacks, an exhibit that would shake even the most hardened war-enthusiast. Aside from evidences of atrocities, rare experimental weapons that were once highly classified, are on display, like the flechette, an artillery shell filled with a thousand of tiny darts designed to inflict maximum damage on groups of people.

Then, there is the poignant Requiem Exhibition by the legendary war photographer Tim Page that brings together the works of various photographers killed during the war on both sides including Larry Burrows and Robert Capa. All the exhibits in this museum are captioned in Vietnamese and English.

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How to get there

The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3 of the city. Taxis, busses and motorbike taxis are available. Bus routes 14, 28 & 06 ply the major roads that lead to the museum.

Address: 28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Hours: 07:30–18:00
Phone: +84 283 9305 587
Website: http://warremnantsmuseum.com/
Entrance fee: 15,000 VND

 

Accommodation

1. Sonnet Saigon Hotel
Address: 14 Trương Định, phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 283 9301 999

2. Aristo Saigon Hotel
Address: 3A Vo Van Tan St District 3, phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 862 6825 55

3. Hotel des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection
Address: 76 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Str, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh, 070000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 283 9898 888

 

5. The Old Quarter, Hanoi

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

It is said that right in the heart of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam lies a centuries-old quarter, which embodies the very soul of the city. The locals affectionately call this place “Hanoi – 36 districts” or “Hanoi – 36 Old Streets” or just simply as “Hanoi’s old quarter”.

Getting to the Old Quarter from Noi Bai International Airport is about a 45-minute taxi ride and a 15-minute taxi ride from the Hanoi Train Station. This top tourist spot lies between the Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge, the old city rampart and the old citadel walls. The spot used to be a snake and alligator-infested swamp that eventually became a complex of workshop villages. Over time, this place developed a reputation as a vibrant trading center of the Red River delta. Today, the Old Quarter is known for its old and unique architecture, vibrant history, culture and a reputation for a variety of handicraft wares.

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The reputation of the Old Quarter over centuries has attracted many craftsmen to live and work here. These craftsmen and merchants producing similar goods gathered together in guilds and a system of production and transportation that developed over time. During the French colonization, the Old Quarter became a prosperous marketplace for trading between local and faraway merchants from China, India and France.

Today, tourists walk up and down these old streets to discover hidden treasures and interesting wares. Here is a general guide where one might find different things in Old Quarter:

  • For fine China and porcelain ware, go to Bat Su St.
  • For roasted fish, go to Cha Ca St.
  • For silver and fine jewellery, go to Hang Bac St.
  • For women’s accessories, go to Cau Go St.
  • For shoes and sandals, go to Hang Dau St.
  • For silk, go to Hang Gai St.
  • For a variety of fruits, go to To Tich St.
  • For combs, go to Hang Luoc St.
  • For earthen jars, go to Hang Chinh St.
  • For tour services, go to Ma May St.
  • For candies, dry apricot and other delicacies, go to Hang Duong St.
  • For fried and roasted sour pork hash, go to Tam Thuong lane on Hang Bong Street St.
  • For bamboo products, go to Hang Buom St.

On top of that, local city-dwellers and tourists would frequent the night market that is held along four pedestrian streets – Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong and Dong Xuan Streets. The Old Quarter’s night market takes place in the evenings on Fridays to Sundays. The night market offers exotic street delicacies and local souvenirs at an incredibly affordable price.

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How to get there

In order to reach the Old Quarter from Noi Bai International Airport, it is about 45-minute taxi ride and 15-minute taxi ride from the Hanoi Train Station. Generally, bus routes no.9 passes through the Old Quarter that originate from Bo Ho to Cau Giay.

Address: 14 Yên Thái, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

 

Accommodation

1. Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel
Address: 2 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9261 850

2. Hanoi La Siesta Diamond Hotel & Spa
Address: 32 Lò Sũ, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9351 632

3. Essence Palace Hotel
Address: 27-29 Gia Ngư St., Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9262 135

 

6. One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

This One Pillar Pagoda is an ancient temple built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong who reigned between 1028 to 1054 CE. It was written in the imperial annals, the childless emperor dreamt that he met Quan The Am Bo Tat, the Goddess of Mercy, who placed in his arms, a male heir. Not long after, Ly Thai Tong married a peasant girl and gave birth to a son that became his heir. In gratitude, the emperor built the pagoda in the year 1049 CE.

The pagoda was built from wood upon a single stone pillar and was constructed to resemble a lotus flower that represents the bodhisattva, a symbol of purity which rises above a sea of suffering. The last act of the French before leaving Hanoi in 1954 was to destroy the original One Pillar Pagoda. However, the new government rebuilt the pagoda.

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Quan The Am Bo Tat, the Goddess of Mercy

Quan The Am Bo Tat, the Goddess of Mercy

 

How to get there

The One Pillar Pagoda is in the park that lies behind the museum near Ba Dinh Square and this is along Ong Ich Kiem Street in the Ba Dinh District. This is right in the city, accessible via buses, taxis and motor taxis as well.

Address: Chùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 968 0865 29
Hours: 08:00-11:30 daily & 14:00-16:00 Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun

 

Accommodation

1. Hanoi Delight Hotel
Address: 93 Đội Cấn, Ba Dinh District, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 914 8899 59

2. Kuretake INN Kimma
Address: 132 Kim Mã, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 439 8777 77

3. Hotel 24 Kim Ma
Address: No 65 Kim Ma street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 902 8893 33

 

7. Imperial City of Thang Long, Hanoi

Thang Long Imperial City

Thang Long Imperial City

The imperial city of Thang Long was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 and was opened to the public in 2012. The Imperial Citadel was the center of Vietnamese military power for over a millennium. There are ongoing excavation digs of the ancient palaces, old pavilions and imperial gates, littered throughout the city. These ancient sites are complemented with military command bunkers from the Vietnam War era and the exhibition showcase maps and 1960s radio equipment used by wartime Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap.

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How to get there

Thang Long is situated right in the heart of Hanoi, the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Therefore, it is accessible with busses, taxis and motor taxi as well.

Address: Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84 904 4811 57
Entrance Fee: 30,000 VND per person
Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 daily except Mondays.

 

Accommodation

1. Thang Long Espana Hanoi Hotel
Address: 63 Nguyễn Trường Tộ, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 7163 233

2. Thang Long 2 Hotel
Address: 52 – 62 Cau Go Hoan Kiem – Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84 438 2623 30

3. Sạn Thăng Long Opera
Address: 1C Phố Tông Đản, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 8244 776

 

8. Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison Museum

Hoa Lo Prison Museum

The historic Hoa Lo Prison Museum was ironically nicknamed ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the war by the American prisoners of war (POWs). The French built Hoa Lo Prison in 1896 and originally it was intended to house 450 inmates but by the 1930s there were close to 2000 prisoners. However, Hoa Lo was not a secure prison and hundreds of inmates escaped its walls over the years, many of whom squeezed through the sewer grates.

Most of the displays showcase the usage of the prison up to the mid-50s, which focus on the Vietnamese independence struggle from the French colonial masters. The relic from that period was the menacing French guillotine, used to behead countless Vietnamese revolutionaries and freedom fighters. Aside from that, there is also a display that focuses on the American pilots who were imprisoned at Hoa Lo during the war. Amongst them is Pete Peterson, who was the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995 and Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for the US presidency in 2008. The museum also had McCain’s flight suit on display alongside a photograph of Hanoi locals rescuing him from Truc Bach Lake after being shot down in 1967.

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How to get there

The best way to get to Hoa Lo Prison is via taxi to 1 Pho Hoa Lo, which is right at the corner of Pho Ha Ba Trung, south of Hoan Kiem Lake on the outskirts of the French Quarter.

Address: 1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 439 3422 53
Entrance Fee: 10,000 VND
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00

 

Accommodation

1. Somerset Grand Hanoi
Address: No 49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9342 342

2. Kuretake Inn Tho Nhuom 84 Hotel
Address: 84 Thợ Nhuộm, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 7847 777

3. Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi
Address: 83 Lý Thường Kiệt, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 438 2228 00

 

9. Ngoc Son Mountain, Hanoi

Ngoc Son Mountain

Ngoc Son Mountain

This name literally means the ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ and this is Hanoi’s most popular temple. This temple was built on a small island in the northern side of Hoan Kiem Lake and is connected to the shore by a red bridge built in classical Vietnamese style. This temple is dedicated to the triune of legendary Vietnamese personages – General Tran Hung Dao who was famed for defeating the Mongols in the 13th century, La To (a patron saint of physicians) and the erudite scholar Van Xuong.

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Statues of General Tran Hung Dao, La To, and Van Xuong

Statues of General Tran Hung Dao, La To, and Van Xuong

 

How to get there

In order to get there, head towards the Old Quarter and specifically to the main post office, which is just next to the lake. Tickets to the temple are purchased at a booth located on the left-hand side before you cross the bridge.

Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 839 1005 55
Entrance fee: 20,000 VND
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 Daily

 

Accommodation

1. Hanoi HM Boutique Hotel
Address: Số 3 Hàng Dầu, P. Hàng Bạc, Q. Hoàn Kiếm, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 24 3266 8586

2. Hanoi Pearl Hotel
Address: 6 Bảo Khánh Lane, Hàng Trống, Hà Nội, Hàng Trống, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9380 666

3. Golden Sun Villa Hotel
Address: 68 Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Phone: +84 243 9386 269

 

10. Imperial City of Hue, Central Vietnam

Imperial City of Hue

Imperial City of Hue

The imperial complex of Hue has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the city of Hue in central Vietnam. The first king of the Nguyen Dynasty, Gia Long established Hue as his capital in 1802. The dynasty ruled Vietnam under nine successive monarchs until 1945.

The sprawling imperial complex consists of hundreds of buildings and ruins like the Forbidden Purple City, which was once the royal residence of the imperial family but was badly damaged during the Vietnam War. The Imperial City also consists of the royal mausoleum, pagodas, temples, flag tower, library and the museum itself.

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The city of Hue lies along the Huong or Fragrant River and is approximately a three-hour drive north of Da Nang. Among the great ancient monuments that stand within the imperial city is the Ngo Mon Gate, which was once exclusively used by the royal family and their eunuch servants. There is also the resplendent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and Tu Duc that are worth visiting. Many of these buildings and monuments surrounding the imperial buildings were built in the early 19th century and were modeled after Beijing’s Forbidden City. The outer wall of the Imperial City is 6 meters high and runs for two-and-a-half kilometers long around the complex.

The entire complex is literally an open-air museum with its rich and intricate architecture and traditional landscaping. Hue is historically rich and worth a visit. However, one should avoid Hue during the rainy months from October to December as the northeastern monsoon brings torrential downpours. In addition, this small city offers its famous Imperial-style cuisine that is not to be missed.

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How to get there

There are domestic flights or trains to Hue from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

Address: Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Phone: +84 234 3501 143
Hours: 08:00–17:30

Entrance Fee – Single:

  1. Hue Imperial Palace (Imperial City – Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities) ~ 150,000 VND
  2. Tombs: Minh Mang, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh ~ 100,000 VND
  3. Tombs: Gia Long Tomb, Thieu Tri Tomb, Dong Khanh Tomb; Hue Nam Shrine ~ 40,000 VND
  4. An Dinh Residence; Nam Giao esplanade ~ 20,000 VND

Entrance Fee – Group:

  1. Hue Imperial Palace (Imperial City – Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities) ~ 30,000 VND
  2. Tombs: Minh Mang, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh 20,000 VND
  3. Group of 3 sites: Hue Imperial Palace – Minh Mang Tomb – Khai Dinh Tomb ~ 55,000 VND
  4. Group of 4 sites: Hue Imperial Palace – Minh Mang Tomb – Tu Duc – Khai Dinh Tomb ~ 70,000 VND

 

Accommodation

1. Sunny C Hotel
Address: 25 7, Hai Ba Trung Street, Hue 530000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 543 4966 2

2. Gold Hotel Hue
Address: 28 Ba Trieu Street, Hue, Vietnam
Phone: +84 947 6155 99

3. Hong Thien Hotel 1
Address: 35 / 6 Chu Van An, Hue 084, Vietnam
Phone: +84 234 3947 575

 

11. Hang Son Doong, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Hang Son Doong

Hang Son Doong

Hang Son Doong literally means Mountain River Cave and it is the world’s largest cave system and naturally, it offers some of the most spectacular subterranean views in all of South East Asia. In the past, it was prohibited to enter the cave but access was approved in June 2013 by the Vietnamese president for a specialist operator Son Trach to lead tours.

The cave is in a remote area such that it is not possible for it to be a day-trip destination. The only way such a trip can be possible is if it is a seven-day group expedition with around 16 porters assiting the operator. It costs US$3,000 per person and a team of 10 trekkers is required on each trip. This gigantic cave was actually recently discovered in the early 90’s when Ho Khanh, a hunter who lived in the jungle settlement near the Vietnam-Laos border, took shelter in it. In 2009, it was confirmed as the world’s largest cave when British explorers returned with Ho Khanh. The principal cavern is more than 5km long, 200m high and, in some sections of the cave, 150m wide.

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Reaching this massive cavern is a challenge in itself and to do that, you have to cross over a vast mountainous barrier called the ‘Great Wall of Vietnam’, which divides the cave. Once this barrier is crossed, the scale of the massive cavern is revealed and even big enough for a battleship to sail through. There are sections on the ceiling that are punctured which allows sunlight to shine through illuminating the stunning formation of stalagmites that cover the floor. This is aptly called the Cactus Garden. Some stalagmites tower over 80 meters high and massive cave pearls measuring 10cm in diameter have been found in these caves. These magnificent pillars were formed by centuries of crystallization as moisture from the cave ceilings drip and mix with grains of sand. On the floor of the cave features ethereal rimstone pools which are also formed from drips of water from the ceiling of the cave.

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How to get there

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a protected area in north-central Vietnam bordering the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. The area is only accessible via Oxalis Adventure Tours.

Address: Phong Nha Commune, Son Trach Village, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Hours: 7:30 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 17:30 (Monday – Saturday)
Phone: +84 232 3677 678
Email: contact@oxalis.com.vn

 

Accommodation

1. Thien Thanh Hotel
Address: ĐT20, Phong NHA, Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone:: +84 232 3677 069

2. Jungle Boss Homestay
Address: ĐT20, Phong NHA, Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone: +84 943 7480 41

3. Thanh Tam Restaurant and Hotel
Address: Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Sơn Trạch Town, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone: +84 973 5516 81

 

12. Halong Bay, Northeastern Vietnam

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Halong Bay

Halong Bay was designated World Heritage Site in 1994 and has been made famous for its picturesque landscape being used as backdrop for a recent slew of blockbuster movies such as Pan, Kong, Skull Island and some others. Halong Bay consists of a spectacular string of islands that are scattered with wave-eroded grottoes that make it one of the most beautiful places on earth and stamping this northern Vietnam destination as a favorite on the world tourism map. The bay features towering limestone pillars, small islands covered with lush green forest that rise from the depths of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

The vibrant Halong City is the main gateway to the bay but its drab tall buildings belie the natural beauty of the bay. Most visitors normally go on cruise-tours that allows them to sleep on board around the bay. However, some tourists choose to avoid the main bay completely and head straight to Cat Ba Island in order to access the equally beautiful Lan Ha Bay.

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How to get there

Most travellers book their Halong Bay tours in Hanoi. Here are some recommended operators:

  • Vega Travel

Good-value overnight and two-night tours with comfortable cabins, and kayaking included.
Address: cnr P Ma May & 24a P Hang Bac, Hanoi
Phone: +84 439 2620 92
Website: www.vegatravel.vn

  • Cat Ba Ventures

Tours of Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay.
Address: 223 Ð 1-4, Cat Ba Town
Phone: +84 313 1388 8755 / +84 912 4670 16
Website: www.catbaventures.com

  • Indochina Sails

Traditional Chinese junk with modern conveniences.
Phone: +84 439 8423 62
Website: www.indochinasails.com

  • Handspan Adventure Travel

Sailing ships and kayaking tours in nearby Lan Ha Bay.
Phone: +84 439 8423 62
Website: www.indochinasails.com

 

Accommodation

1. Novotel Ha Long Bay
Address: 160 Ha Long road, Bai Chay ward, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh, Ha Long City, Quảng Ninh 200000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 203 3848 108

2. City Bay Palace Hotel
Address: 156 Lê Thánh Tông, Hồng Gai, Tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 203 3621 838

3. Paradise Suites Hotel
Address: Paradise Town, Tuan Chau Island, Halong Bay, Ha Long, Quảng Ninh 200000, Vietnam
Phone: +84 203 3815 088

 

13. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, North-Central Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. This is due to the fact that it has the oldest karst mountains in Asia, which is a 400 million-year-old formation. The mountains are lined with hundreds of caverns, some of which are of breathtaking scale and length with the floor laced with underground rivers. In other words, Phong Nha is another hidden treasure for adventure-seekers.

Due to tourism, the Phong Nha region is rapidly developing. The primary village in the region is Son Trach with a population of 3,000. Although small, Son Trach has working ATMs, a spectrum of accommodation and eateries not to mention transportion links with other parts of central Vietnam. It is beyond a doubt that the caves are the region’s main attraction but there are other attractions like the forest trekking, the area’s historical war sites and rural mountain biking to occupy a visitor’s interest.

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How to get there

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a protected area in north-central Vietnam bordering the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. The area is only accessible via Oxalis Adventure Tours.

Address: Phong Nha Commune, Son Trach Village, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Hours: 7:30 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 17:30 (Monday – Saturday)
Phone: +84 232 3677 678
Email: contact@oxalis.com.vn

 

Accommodation

1. Thien Thanh Hotel
Address: ĐT20, Phong NHA, Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone: +84 232 3677 069

2. Jungle Boss Homestay
Address: ĐT20, Phong NHA, Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone: +84 943 7480 41

3. Thanh Tam Restaurant and Hotel
Address: Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Sơn Trạch Town, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam
Phone: +84 973 5516 81

 

14. Tan Ky House, Hoi An

Tan Ky House

Tan Ky House

This house was built over 200 years ago by a Vietnamese family and was subsequently passed down through 7 generations. The architecture reflects Japanese and Chinese influences with the Japanese element principally seen in the ceiling beams of the living area. The ceiling progressively cascades from taller into shorter beams, one on top of another. Beneath the ceiling are carvings of a pair of crossed sabres tied with a silk ribbon representing flexibility and force.

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The darkened-wood panels of the interior are illuminated by lamps with Chinese poems carved on the pillars and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The Chinese characters on these 150-year-old darkened panels consist of birds in various positions of midflight. The courtyard in the middle of the house allow sunlight to filter in and at the same time, ventilate the house and allows some greenery such as potted plants, into the house. It is also an area for the collection and drainage of rainwater as well. The wooden balcony surrounding the courtyard is strewn with grape leaves, an European import that attest to the melting pot of cultures that Hoi An is.

The rear end of the house faces the river and it used to be rented out to foreign merchants. There are marks on the wall that register the extent of flooding, like the 1964 flood that had a water level reaching almost the entire first floor. Two pulleys can be seen on the beam in the loft. They were used to move goods into storage and to raise furniture to protect them from the flood water. Essentially, the roof consists of ceramic tiles and the ceiling is constructed of wood panels and beams. This allow the house to kept cool during summer and warm during winter.

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How to get there

It is near the famous Japanese Bridge of Hoi An, stroll down Bach Dang Street into Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

Address: 101 Nguyễn Thái Học, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 974 9989 68

 

Accommodation

1. Thanh Van 1 Hotel
Address: 78 Trần Hưng Đạo, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3916 916

Green Heaven Hoi An Resort & Spa
Address: 21 La Hối, An Hội, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3962 966

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa
Address: 111 Ngo Quyen, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3910 393

 

15. Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An

Japanese Covered Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge

This ornate little bridge has become the symbol of Hoi An. In 1590, the Japanese community built this bridge in order to link with the Chinese quarters. Over the centuries further adornment of the bridge has remained relatively faithful to the Japanese origins. The French flattened out the roadway for cars, but the original arched shape was restored in 1986. The bridge is due for a complete removal for repair purposes, so it is wise to check the status of the bridge prior to visiting.

The structure is very solidly constructed to withstand earthquakes and the entrances to the bridge are guarded by weathered statues: a pair of monkeys on one side, a pair of dogs on the other. According to one story, many of Japan’s emperors were born in the years of the Dog and Monkey. Another tale says that construction of the bridge started in the year of the Monkey and was finished in the year of the Dog. A stelae stands bearing the names of all Vietnamese and Chinese contributors to a subsequent restoration of the bridge, written in chu nho (Chinese characters) – the nom script had not yet become popular. While access to the Japanese Bridge is free, you have to surrender a ticket to see a small, unimpressive temple built into the bridge’s northern side. If you are challenged for simply crossing the bridge, politely explain that you are not there for the temple.

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How to get there

The bridge is located at the west end of Tran Phu Street in Hoi An and is easily reached from the town centre.

 

Accommodation

1. Thanh Van 1 Hotel
Address: 78 Trần Hưng Đạo, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3916 916

2. Green Heaven Hoi An Resort & Spa
Address: 21 La Hối, An Hội, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3962 966

3. Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa
Address: 111 Ngo Quyen, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3910 393

 

16. Hang Nga Crazy House, Dalat

Hang Nga Crazy House

Hang Nga Crazy House

Hang Nga Crazy House is a private residence that is architecturally designed to be surreal. It has strange rooms connected by thin bridges that overlook vegetation. The rooms itself are of strange shapes and outlandish colors with spider web-shaped windows along with many organic elements such as handrails that are similar to jungle vines.

The architecture of this Crazy House is the product of Mrs. Dang Viet Nga’s imagination and has been a work in progress since 1990. Hang Nga has a PhD in architecture from Moscow and has since designed many other buildings around the Dalat area. Her earlier masterpiece that was dubbed ‘House with 100 Roofs’ was unfortunately demolished as a fire hazard and because the architecture was deemed antisocialist.

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The Crazy House project was started by Hang Nga to bring people back to nature despite the fact that the new amendments to the house are increasingly more bizarre every year. But this time around, her illustrious father, the late Truong Chinh was the successor to Ho Chi Minh and became Vietnam’s second president from 1981 until his death in 1988. There’s a memorial shrine to her father in the lounge area of the ground floor. The strange architecture is unfortunately not child safe and parents would have to keep a vigilant eye on their children while visiting the house.

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How to get there

The Hang Nga Crazy House is in Dalat city and can be accessed via taxis and buses. The house is also a guesthouse that one can book with a variety of rooms that features its quirky architecture.

Address: 03 Huynh Thuc Khang Street,Ward 4, Dalat City 67000,Lam Dong, Trần Phú, Phường 4, Tp. Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Phone: +84 263 3822 070
Hours: 08:30 –19:00 Daily
Website: http://www.crazyhouse.vn/

 

17. My Son, Central Vietnam

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My Son is Vietnam’s most extensive remains of an ancient city that was built by the Cham people. The backdrop of My Son is set in a lush jungle valley, with Hon Quap or Cat’s Tooth Mountain overlooking it. Unfortunately, the temple ruins are in poor shape with only 20 structures still standing today. In the past there were at least 68 that stood their spot there. Nevertheless, the beautiful setting of this ancient site, surrounded by streams is still enchanting.

In ancient times, My Son was the intellectual, cultural and religious center of the Champa Kingdom and parts of it may have served as tombs of the Cham monarchs. The French rediscovered this site and restored parts of the complex in the late 19th century but American bombing during the war devastated the temples. Today, it is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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How to get there

Most travellers to My Son go on tours. The ruins are relatively small and therefore, visitors can overrun the park.

  • VM Travel

Address: 228A Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An city
Phone: +84 023 4393 1747

  • Simply Vietnam Travel

Address: 287 Nguyen Duy Hieu St Hoi An, Vietnam
Phone: +84 121 3553 385

 

Accommodation

1. Thanh Van 1 Hotel
Address: 78 Trần Hưng Đạo, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3916 916

2. Green Heaven Hoi An Resort & Spa
Address: 21 La Hối, An Hội, Cẩm Phô, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3962 966

3. Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa
Address: 111 Ngo Quyen, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 235 3910 393

 

18. Sapa, Northwestern Vietnam

Sapa

Sapa

Sapa was originally established as a hill station during the French occupation of Vietnam. However, Sapa today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northwest Vietnam.

The location where Sapa sits makes the most out of the spectacular views on a clear sunny day. The town overlooks a deep valley with mountains towering high from all sides. Stunning views like this are often masked by thick mist from the peaks. To add to its beauty, the local hill-tribe people fill the town with lots of color. Unfortunately, modern development has mushroomed all over and thus, city-like skyline now threatens to overtake the natural landscape. Nonetheless, most tourists are not here to hang out in town.

This is the main trekking base for northern Vietnam and where trekkers start their adventure before going out into the surrounding countryside. Sapa features cascading green rice terraces and quaint hill-tribe villages and its real charm lies among these lush fields.

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How to get there

Sapa is up in the mountains with no airport, which makes it accessible by road with buses and taxis. The most popular way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is via overnight train.

 

Accommodation

1. Sapa Panorama Hotel
Address: 10 Hoang Dieu street, Sapa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Phone: +84 214 3771 535

2. Sapa Eden Hotel
Address: 64 Phanxipang Road, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Sa Pả, Vietnam
Phone: +84 214 3873 663

3. Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
Address: Xuân Viên, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Phone: +84 214 3871 522

 

19. Nha Trang, Southern Vietnam

Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a high-energy beach resort with a stunning setting. This city is circled by a string of hills and a sweeping crescent-shaped beach. The turquoise bay is sprinkled with lush tropical islands.

The city’s shoreline has seen massive transformation in recent years. It is now lined with sculptured gardens and quiet parks along the impressive promenade. In contrast, along the city streets unfold a large array of boutiques and a broad range of dining options. After hours, nightlife begins in central Nha Trang where most of the clubs are. Much of the clubs cater to the many Russian and Chinese tourists. Another option is the traditional spa treatment with a visit to a mudbath.

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How to get there

Nha Trang is a high-energy beach resort with a stunning setting. There are flights to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as well. Alternatively, one can take the bus or train from Ho Chi Minh

 

Accommodation

1. Novotel Nha Trang
Address: 50 Tran Phu Street, Tp. Nha Trang, 652076, Vietnam
Phone: +84 258 6256 900

2. Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: 12 14 Trần Phú Str., City,, Tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Phone: +84 583 8209 99

3. Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
Address: 26-28 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Phone: +84 258 3880 000

 

20. Po Nagar Towers, Southern Vietnam

Po Nagar Towers

Po Nagar Towers

These four towers were built during the period between the 7th to the 12th centuries CE. Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists are still actively worshipping at these four Cham Towers. The complex originally had seven or eight towers, but only four towers still stand. The largest, a 28m-high North Tower that’s known by the name Thap Chinh, dates back to 817 CE with its magnificent terraced pyramidal roof, vaulted ceiling and vestibule. These towers stand on a granite hill 2km north of central Nha Trang on the banks of the Cai River.

Archaeologists say that this site was used for worship as early as the 2nd century CE. In 774 CE, the invading Javanese destroyed the original wooden structure. A brick and stone temple was subsequently built over the site, the first of its kind in 784 CE. The towers enshrine Yang Ino Po Nagar, the patron goddess of the Dua (Liu) clan, which ruled over the southern part of the Cham kingdom. There are numerous inscribed stone slabs scattered throughout the temple complex, which describes history, religion offering glimpses into the spiritual life and social hierarchy of the ancient Cham people.

Po Nagar Towers

Po Nagar Towers

All four of the towers face the eastern direction, as did the original entrance to the complex, which is on the right side as you ascend the hill. In ancient times, devotees would have to shuffle through the pillared meditation hall and today, the remains of 10 pillars can still be seen before ascending up the steep staircase that leads up to the towers. In 918 CE, King Indravarman III installed a gold mukha-linga image, which is a carved phallus with a painted face in the North Tower but Khmer raiders stole it. A repetition of stolen or destroyed statues followed by their replacement continued until 965 CE, when King Jaya Indravarman IV replaced the missing mukha-linga with the stone figure of the goddess Uma (Shakti, or female consort of Shiva), which remains to this day.

Above the entrance to the Northern Tower is a carving of a dancing four-armed Shiva accompanied by two celestial musicians on each side with one dancing upon the head of the bull, Nandin. The sandstone doorpost and the walls inside the vestibule are covered with inscriptions. An old gong and drum is placed under the pyramid-like ceiling of the vestibule. In the main hall of the tower enshrines a stone statue of the goddess Uma with 10 arms, two of which are hidden beneath her vest as she sits and leans against a fearsome beast.

Yang Ino Po Nagar, the patron goddess of the Dua (Liu) clan

Yang Ino Po Nagar, the patron goddess of the Dua (Liu) clan

The Central Tower or Thap Nam was constructed in the 12th century partly with bricks taken from an earlier structure dating from the 7th century. It is less refined when compared with the other towers and the structure has less decoration. Even the pyramidal roof is not terraced but the simple exterior hides an interior where the altars were once layered with silver. A linga is enshrined within the main hall.

The South Tower or Mieu Dong Nam is dedicated to Sandhaka or Shiva and it still enshrines a linga, while the richly ornamented Northwest Tower or Thap Tay Bac was originally dedicated to Ganesh. A museum with a small collection of Cham stonework is at the rear end of the temple. In order to get to Po Nagar Towers from central Nha Trang, take Ð Quang Trung (which becomes Ð 2 Thang 4) north across the Ha Ra and Xom Bong Bridges. Po Nagar Towers is also accessible via the Tran Phu Bridge along the beachfront road. The towers continue to be worshipped and so you would have to remove your shoes before entering.

 

How to get there

In order to get to the temple from central Nha Trang, take a taxi towards Ð Quang Trung road (which becomes Ð 2 Thang 4) north across the Ha Ra and Xom Bong Bridges. Po Nagar can also be reached via the Tran Phu Bridge along the beachfront road.

Address: 2 Tháng 4, Vĩnh Phước, Tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa 650000, Vietnam
Hours: 07:00 –19:00 daily
Entrance Fee: VND 12,000

 

Accommodation

1. Novotel Nha Trang
Address: 50 Tran Phu Street, Tp. Nha Trang, 652076, Vietnam
Phone: +84 258 6256 900

2. Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: 12 14 Trần Phú Str., City,, Tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
Phone: +84 583 8209 99

3. Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
Address: 26-28 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Phone: +84 258 3880 000

 

Travel Books on Vietnam

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Lonely Planet Vietnam. Click to enlarge. Lonely Planet Vietnam has the most updated and suitable travel advice on what to see along with tips to experience Vietnam off the beaten track. Immerse yourself in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, kayak your way along Halong Bay’s glistening limestone peaks or stroll down charming Hoi An with your amazing Lonely Planet companion. Vietnam awaits you!
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat. Click to enlarge. This is the Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Vietnam & Angkor Wat delivers you straight to the best place and best things to do in Vietnam and Angkor. It could exploring the famous Halong Bay, ancient cities of Hue, bustling Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam’s great islands and beaches. This accessible DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Vietnam & Angkor Wat provides the most relevant information on all the major attractions at these places to make the best of your trip.

 

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  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Vietnam had such a troubled past, being conquered and overtaken by many external forces. Yet they must be proud they have come so far and now is a developing nation with a strong vibrant economy. Vietnam forces put a stop the the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, this is something I think the Cambodians should be grateful for.

    The map Vietnam looks like a dragon or like sea horse in a way. There is a lot of more vietnamese food shops in KL than before and the food is good, in Puchong they even have vegetarian Vietnamese good, nice and not expensive.

  6. Anne Ong on Jul 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this wonderful article on Wonderful Vietnam. Didn’t know Vietnam is so beautiful. And the food looks delicious. I have eaten Bhan Mi before sometime ago bought in Ipoh from my girlfriend and her kind parents. It’s very tasty. Love the beautiful pictures and places of Vietnam. Thank you very much Rinpoche,Pastor David and blog team for all the great articles and knowledge being shared on this blog! Great job everyone!!! _/\_

  7. Lin Mun on Jul 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this informative article about Vietnam. I have been to Vietnam 3 times and it is indeed a beautiful country. Love the food there which have so much influence from both Chinese and French. Ho Chi Minh is a place full of history. Learned some during my trip there last year. The War Remmants Museum is a must visit place to learn about the history and effect of the Vietnam war. Vietnamese has definitely went through a lot during the war period.

    The pictures of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is beautiful. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to visit this park.

    • Pastor David Lai on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Ooh… you have been to Vietnam. I had never ever wanted to go to Vietnam but that’s because I never realize how beautiful Vietnam is. Since I researched and wrote this article, Vietnam has officially entered my so called bucket list of places that I would like to visit one day. Personally, I really like the historical places like Hue, Myson and the Nha Trang Po Nagar temple.

  8. CindyH on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    It says a lot about the resiliency of Vietnam when one looks at how it managed to recover from decades of war as well as its economic transition from a socialist economy to one of the fastest growing market economies in South East Asia. From the look of things, everything from its architecture to its food embodies different foreign influences yet they are all undeniably still distinctively Vietnamese in flavour, a strong testament of how Vietnam has managed to emerge from its complicated past with its own sense of identity. Thus, a visit to Vietnam is not only limited to the splendors of exploring its diverse impressive sceneries but also the pleasure of experiencing the uniqueness of Vietnamese culture and lifestyle. Thank you for such a comprehensive write-up which is very helpful for charting out one’s visit to Vietnam.

  9. Samfoonheei on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Vietnam always reminds me of the Vietnam 1954–1975 war.(Killing Fields),but i did not realised its such a beautiful country too.
    Vietnam has been scarred OF wartime experiences , exposuring to different cultures has left indelible marks on the country.There is so many place of interest to offer with a stunning and diverse landscape, mix architecture, beautiful beaches to name a few.What i like most is the beauty of Halong Bay which known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Hope i can visit this beautiful place some day and to see those ancient architecture buildings.Po Nagar Towers which built centuries ago with magnificent terraced pyramidal roof and vaulted ceiling that caught my eyes which i like to visit.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for sharing this informative ,beautiful post.

  10. Stella Cheang on Jul 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Vietnam is a wonderful country with a rich history and a post-war culture that is unique to the rest of us. The brutal war had done a lot of damage to the beautiful land. It had also empowered the people in a way. They are profit oriented and stand firm on their foot. I noticed this in almost people from all work of life across Vietnam. Except in Saigon, where people are ascustomed to retail business, hence friendlier in many ways. Having said that, Vietnam’s natural beauty is mesmirizing to say the least. I particularly like Nha Thrang, a beach haven with beautiful people and lovely food. Thank you, Pastor David, for this sharing.

  11. Datuk May on Jul 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Vietnam is one of the 3 countries that suffered a division of their countries due to wars and in particular World War II. The other 2 are Korea which division still exists today as North and South Korea. The other was Germany into East and West but thank goodness that since then are united.

    Wars divide and in the case of Vietnam, it was united in 1975 with the defeat of the mistaken American participation in their civil war of North and South.

    With such a violent history, many decades of wars both civil and with the French and Americans being part of the wars, it is inspiring to notice the resilience of the Vietnamese people today, tough and holding onto their traditions and culture.

    As mentioned in Pastor David’s article, it is great fun to visit Vietnam as the food is diverse and interesting and a lifestyle that bridges the east and west.

    The sceneries of many parts of Vietnam’s long coastline and mountain ranges are fascinating and some are very serene, like Halong bay.

    If you have not visited Vietnam, read this and you will experience Vietnam as though you have been there. And when you visit, your trip will be well guided by this article.

  12. May Ong on Jul 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    It is best to visit Hanoi and Sapa towards year end like December or January where the weather in the highlands of Sapa is foggy, cool and perhaps snow on the highest peaks. Hanoi would have similar weather and temperature like Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand. There is also a beautiful huge cave to visit if you go on a cruise on Halong Bay. Inside this cave, you may find a stone shaped tortoise and other delightful stone formations like animals and even Buddhist deity. Vietnam is an interesting country to visit. However, please be careful of the type of shops you go to for your meals as some sells dog meat. That is the downside.

  13. Joey Tan on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    A nice article. I get to know a lot of wonderful places in Vietnam. Thanks for the wonderful information which not only provide the name of places, somehow the details information of the contact number as well as the address.

  14. Fong on Jul 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Despite her violent past, Vietnamese people have managed to maintain their tradition, culture and gentleness of spirit as well as their resilience. They maintain their believes and faith in the face of adversity as they rebuild their country.

    there is still so much beauty in Vietnam. A very interesting and lovely introduction to vietnam.

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    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 12:02 AM
    Wow! Those people are really creative and such awesome ideas! The way the houses are designed is just spectacular. The immediate surroundings of your nature house are perfectly suited for a good break and it’s important that people realize that living a healthy life is essential to living a good life. One will never imagine in this remote forest there is such a comfortable, cozy lodging completes with every facilities you can think of.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and interesting sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:59 PM
    Wow amazing discovery like Indiana Jones adventure. A rare 1,000-year-old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938. It seem a meteorite that crashed into the Earth about 15,000 years and it have been carved into a Buddha statue by Tibetans as claimed. With this it has proven that the people living in that time were already practicing Buddhism.
    With this discovery scientist had classified the statue as a rare class of iron meteorite. They mentioned that the meteorite must have fell to Earth approximately 15,000 years ago.
    Interesting discovery . The priceless statue is believed to originate from the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th Century. It sounds like an artifact from an Indiana Jones film.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/1000-year-old-meteorite-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:56 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Lanse receiving such a blessed, precious, and sacred Vajrayogini image from Rinpoche. Pastor Lanse is one of the many fortunate students who did received gifts from Rinpoche. Reading those comments and from this blog, tells us more of Pastor Lanse . Pastor lanse must have worked very hard benefiting many though. May more people be inspired by her going all the way working for Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/a-precious-vajrayogini-for-someone-special.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:54 PM
    Merely by looking at the holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is a blessing. Could imagine it when those who have met H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in person…. the kind of feeling . What a blessing it is to see such a very rare and holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He was one of the great lamas of the twentieth century. He was the root lama of both tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama and the teacher of many of the other Tibetan lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 11:51 PM
    The soothing sounds of nature have helped literally hundreds of thousands of people across the world with finding an inner calmness to help them with study, getting to sleep, relaxing, meditating and chill out.

    I enjoyed all the sharing but I loved to hear the spring bird songs. To me the calming sounds of nature are a natural tonic for mind, body and wellbeing. Thank you for the interesting sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:38 PM
    Rei Kawakubo, self-taught Japanese fashion designer known for her avant-garde clothing designs and her high fashion label. She is one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century. Making a name in the western fashion world with very unique design . She has changed not the way we think of the fashion world but the way fashion and thought can coexist in culture and commerce inspiring new generation of designers. Looking at those clothing she had designed is unbelievable and truly unique indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a talented Japanese designer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/rei-kawakubo-grand-dame-of-hiroshima-chic.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:36 PM
    Reading this interesting post again of the 5th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden . The story of how Dorje Shugden become the Protector of Our Time. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. His extraordinary scholarly knowledge, spiritual practice and having a very close relationship with the 5th Dalai Lama had then causing a lot of jealousy and tension among the officers of the 5th Dalai Lama. Tulku Drakpa was often considered to be more popular then it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Many people all over Tibet, Mongolia and China would come to pay their respects to Tulku Drakpa, and request teachings from him. As Tulku Drakpa’s fame grew, it eclipsed the Dalai Lama’s. Without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge the officers who was so devoted to their master plot the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. They had different ways to kill Tulku Drakpa many times without any success. As Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen earlier promise to Nechung to arise as an Protector, finally revealed the method to his own death. Interesting story one must read to understand better. It was a sacrifice he chosen to fulfil and uphold in order to become the Protector of Our Time.
    After realized the mistakes done by his officers, the 5th Dalai Lama composed prayers, crafted a statue to recognize Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as a Dharma protector. He even built Trode Khangsar which now stand in the heart of Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/the-fifth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/must-visit-chengdu-exotic-and-exciting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

    https://bit.ly/39MFWeD
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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