Perfume Pagoda

This complex of Buddhist pagodas and shrines built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich Mountain is extremely popular among Vietnamese tourists and Buddhist pilgrims. Some believe that Buddha once paused by the river to wash himself clean of the dust of humanity. Consequently, many pilgrims bathe their face and hands in Long Tuyen Well in hopes of washing away past karmas. The main pilgrimage season officially starts on February 15 of the lunar month, but the site is packed from mid January to mid March. Enjoy the scenic boat ride to the base of the mountain and then either take the long steep climb to the top or hop on the cable car.

The original pagoda has frequently been restored, most recently to replace the gate and bell-tower which were badly damaged by fighting in both the French and American wars.

The 2 hour boat trip, meandering through the intense green of rice paddies and then the looming limestone cliffs, plus the views from the pagoda, make this a worthwhile place to visit.

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