Da Lat Vietnam - places to visit.
There are a couple of Pagodas and a Temple to visit while at Dalat - one involves a short train ride.
Trip on a train from Dalat to Trai Mat to see Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Vietnam. A big tourist attraction at Dalat is it's railway station which is called Ga Da Lat. This was built in 1938 by the French and is the start of a short railway line on which a train runs several times a day taking you to the small town of Trai Mat and it's pagoda.
Originally the railway line went as far as Thap Cham on the coast but was ceased in the 1960s when the attacks from the Viet Cong became too dangerous.
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Although the timetable indicates quite a few trips in fact although the early train and the 2 P.M. trains do seem to always run the mid morning and mid afternoon trips may or
may not go depending on how many people wish to travel - i.e. they only go if there are at least five passengers.
When we last went on this train trip the fare was only 100,000 Dong return for each adult and the round trip takes about 90 minutes. The railway line mostly goes through farmland however the views are not particularly great as most of the area is beside fields which are well covered with poly-tunnels.
At Trai Mat the train waits for 30 minutes giving just enough time to wander down the road and visit the extremely colourful
Linh Phuoc Pagoda at Dalat. (pictures above). Fronted by a beautiful gateway and guarded by several fierce looking dragons with protruding eyes the pagoda is usually very busy as it's an active Temple.
Various Pagodas to visit in Dalat. Just outside the town is the Linh Phong Pagoda and the Thien Vuong Pagoda - we hired a taxi to take us to both with on the basis of the driver
waiting for us whilst we looked round the first one and then taking us too and leaving us at the Thien Vuong Pagoda - the price agreed for this was USD5. From there the plan was to walk back into town which is around 4kms and makes for a quite pleasant walk (mostly uphill though).
Thien Vuong Pagoda at Dalat in Vietnam. Built in 1958 and reconstructed in 1989 The
Agalloch Buddha Pagoda which is also known as The Chinese Pagoda is in fact officially called The Ancient Pagoda of Heavenly Gods.
There are three low wooden buildings which contain numerous statues and the whole area is contained within beautiful gardens and lots of pine trees.
The first building you come too contains excellent statues of warriors, minstrels, dragons and small Buddha's.
Once inside the main temple there are three statues of West Buddha's which are made of sandalwood and were imported from China. These statues are 4 metres high, weigh 1500kg and possibly date back to the 16th century.
They are of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattiva (The Goddess of Great Strength), The Amitabha Buddha (The Buddha of Infinite Light) and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (The Goddess of Infinite Mercy
and Compassion). Behind the Pagoda buildings in pine woods and on the top of a small hill a huge Buddha can be found sitting on a lotus flower.
Tinh Xa Ngoc Duc Pagoda at Dalat in Vietnam.Whilst walking back to Dalat following our trip to the above mentioned pagodas we spotted a small temple on a side road just off of Pham Hong
Thai road. This pagoda was locked when we arrived but to the left of the building you can usually find the caretaker who will happily unlock it all and let you take a
wander round. Tinh Xa Ngoc Duc is a very small but colourful pagoda set in beautiful gardens and inside there are numerous statues to admire.
Although not asked for, a small donation is a good idea and
is much appreciated - once you have finished looking round.
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