Visiting the Lady Buddha on the Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, Vietnam is pretty awesome. This music video will give you a great view of what you’ll see while you’re there, including arhat, monkeys, the chubby Buddha and, of course, the big Lady Buddha herself.
Until you can visit, enjoy this musical video journey to the Lady Buddha.
More facts about visiting Lady Buddha and visitor information:
The Linh Ung Pagoda near Da Nang, Vietnam is home to the world’s largest statue of a female Buddha – the Bodhisattva of Mercy – also known locally as Lady Buddha.
Lady Buddha stands 220 feet (67 meters) tall in her place on the Son Tra Peninsula. There are 17 floors within the Lady Buddha, each dedicated to a different Buddha. These are not open to the public.
Construction of the pagoda began in 2004 and finished in 2010. The location of Linh Ung Pagoda was chosen because people recalled that in the time of Minh Mang King (Nguyen Dynasty, XIX century), a Buddha statue drifted ashore there, as if appearing out of nowhere. This was seen as a sign of good luck.
In a courtyard on the way on the way to the Lady Buddha, there are sculptures of 18 arhat (enlightened persons) with interesting and realistic expressions, riding various animals. They could be monks, but they are not Buddhas. Buddhas find enlightenment on their own, while arhat are led by a teacher.
Visitor Information for Lady Buddha in Da Nang
To get to Big Lady Buddha, you’ll need to hire a car or motorbike. When I went in March 2021, it cost 300k VND (about $13 USD) round trip. There is no public transportation option. You’ll have less walking and fewer stairs if you park in the upper parking lot. There is no entry fee at Lady Buddha, but donations are accepted.
Wear good walking shoes or sandals. You’ll have to remove your shoes to enter any of the temples at the base of Lady Buddha. Depending on the time of year, it can get hot. It was 85F/29C and 80% humidity when I made this video in March 2021. Some ice cold refreshments are available on the temple grounds, but don’t hesitate to bring an umbrella and your own water.
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