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Complex of the Celestial Lady, Thien Mu Pagoda

Hue Thien Mu Pagoda

  • The complex of the Celestial Lady (Thien Mu Pagoda) is part of the Hue historical complex designated a World Heritage Site and is located overlooking the River.
  • The Hue historical complex of the Nguyen Emperors is an important location in Vietnam. The complex includes the Citadel (by citadel we mean a fortress protecting a town), a walled city within which is the Royal Court and its administration buildings, the Imperial City within it and within it the Forbidden City, the various royal burial complexes situated in the surrounding foothills. The complex is regarded as an outstanding architectural example of east Asia feudal power and capital. More importantly it is an important monument in Vietnamese history and culture. Its location and setting on a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Trurong Son mountain range to the south and west. There are two groups of historical sites, those including the walled citadel and the buildings within it and the burial complexes of the Nguyen Kings and others concerning the spiritual life of the times.
  • This holy complex is one of the most venerated sites in the city of HuĂ©. This complex was built on the exact spot where, according to tradition, a "celestial lady" dressed in red appeared and asked the local lord to build a pagoda in order to control the subterranean forces and dominate the region. The first true pagoda was built between 1553 and 1613. Between 1844 and 1846, the seven level tower (Phuoc Duyen), 21.24 meters high, was built on the orders of King Thieu Tri.
  • In Vietnam pagodas are tiered tower constructions designed on Buddhist principles, originally from India and Nepal but varied with Chinese style modifications to the basic design. The original purpose of Pagodas was to store relics of religious significance. Thailand and Laos followed the Stupa design from India whilst in Vietnam Chinese influence in design and style was introduced.
  • The purpose of the building is the same throughout Southeast Asia but the architecture and art work various based upon ethnic influences. Common misuse of language by Europeans has also confused their meaning of pagoda to include other buildings for religious observance.