The Perfume Pagoda

I had a couple days to spare before Tet while I was staying in Hanoi, Vietnam back in 2012.  After doing some research I discovered the Perfume Pagoda.  A vast series of Buddhist Temples spot the nearby limestone Huong Tich Mountains, many of which are built directly in the mountains’ caves.  I decided to make the day trip to one of the most popular temples, Chua Trong, located in Huong Tich Cave.  We had to take a 2 hour bus ride, an hour boat ride, and then hike another hour and a half in to the mountains to get to the temple.  Upon setting foot inside the cave I was blown away.  An immense entrance leads to a series of shrines and relics, stalagtites and stalagmites litter the temple’s ceiling and floors.  People come from all over Vietnam to pray here.  A truly amazing experience.  I put together this little photo essay from the trip for you to enjoy!  Thanks for reading!

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