The strange beauty of a snail shell pagoda in Cam Ranh

Tu Van Pagoda is made from millions of coral stones and snail shells in Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa) and is praised by tourism site Culture Trip as a "treasure for adventurous travelers".

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Tu Van Pagoda
More than 60 km south of the coastal city of Nha Trang, Tu Van Pagoda is located on April 3 street, Cam Ranh City (Khanh Hoa Province). Built in 1968, the temple is characterized by the sea features with the main materials of snail shells and corals. This is also the reason why the pagoda is called Oc Pagoda or San Ho Pagoda (meaning snail or coral pagoda).
Tu Van Pagoda
Tu Van Pagoda
According to Culture Trip, Tu Van Pagoda has a very attractive and impressive setting, the unique design here will satisfy anyone who is passionate about shell collections.
Tu Van Pagoda
Not only attracts Buddhists to the pilgrimage, but the temple is also an attractive attraction for tourists. Entering the temple, you can relax, feel the space of peace and tranquility. From the gate to the main hall, space is covered by casuarina shade, next to the aisle is a large Buddha statue. Right at the temple yard is a Bat Nha boat made of snails with 3-meter-high and a length of 10 m, carrying three Buddhist treasures (scriptures, laws, and treatises).
Tu Van Pagoda
Tu Van Pagoda
The most prominent campus of Tu Van Pagoda is the 39-meter-high Bao Tich tower. The work is recognized as the highest conservation tower in Vietnam. From a distance, the tower looks like it was built of ordinary stones, but when you look closely, you will notice the meticulous arrangement of many types of corals.
Tu Van Pagoda
In 1995, monks began to build the Bao Tich tower from coral reefs and snail shells along the coast of Cam Ranh. They built manually and it took 5 years to complete this unique masterpiece. Experiencing the rain and sunshine, the coral stones and shells tinted with time which make the tower look ancient, majestic but unique and strange.
Tu Van Pagoda
Tu Van Pagoda
The structure is sophisticated with 49 sub-towers outside. Each sub-tower has a thousand-hands thousand-eyes Buddha statue, on the top of the small stupa. The tower has 8 gates symbolizing the "Eigh faith Paths" (the path of Buddhist practice leading to liberation from samsara). Not only outside, the lines and decorative patterns in Bao Tich tower are also inlaid with seashells, elaborate and sophisticated.
Tu Van Pagoda
The article on the Culture Trip site describes the inside of the tower as a spiral, very surprising, making visitors feel like stepping into a giant seashell.
Tu Van Pagoda
In addition to the tower, Oc Pagoda also has a unique 500 m long "path to hell", depicting brutal punishments for world crimes, in order to teach people to live in a good way. Journey to "18 floors of hell" takes about 40 minutes to an hour. Culture Trip's writer also advises visitors who can't stand being stifled not to experience it because the tunnel is very dark and narrow.
Tu Van Pagoda
Tu Van Pagoda also owns many towers, caves and statues made of corals, shells like pair of dragons brought from Ngu Hanh Son, elephant statues, turtle statues ...
Tu Van Pagoda
Visitors who want to visit this unique temple can take a bus from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh or rent a motorbike, and sightseeing along the coast to Tu Van Tu.
The strange beauty of a snail shell pagoda in Cam Ranh The strange beauty of a snail shell pagoda in Cam Ranh Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on September 07, 2019 Rating: 5

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