Visiting pagodas, temples, and taking part in festivals at the beginning of a year is a common practice of many Vietnamese people. Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninhprovince is one of the famous spring festivals for pilgrims and visitors to choose.
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Yen Tu Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Dong Trieu range in the north-eastern area of Vietnam, which located in Uong Bi Town, Quang Ninh Province. Yen Tu is famous for not only the natural landscape but numerous historical relics as well. It is known as “The cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam”. Yen Tu is an ideal place for travelers to stay away from the mundane, find peace in mind and go on a religion pilgrimage in the midst of the mighty nature.
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Yearly, Yen Tu Festival, which is held here from the tenth day of the first lunar month to the end of the third lunar month, attracts hundreds of pilgrims and visitors from all over Vietnam and the world. During the festival, a lot of visitors come to Yen Tu to show their belief and aspiration or to get rid of all sorrows and sadness. Others go here to do sightseeing and enjoy the pure atmosphere of a mountain region or to witness a mysterious beauty of the Buddhist land in the north-eastern area of Vietnam. Yen Tu is also considered the home of a rare ecosystem in Vietnam, where many cultural and historical values are carefully preserved. It is believed that if people can climb to the top of Yen Tu Mountain, where Dong Pagoda is located, they will receive more good things in that year.
There are 11 pagodas and hundreds of shrines and towers. It is great to climb the peak where Dong Pagoda was built (1,068m above the sea). On the way, you’ll see pagodas, a tower, a stream and a forest. At the top, you seem to be lost in nature somewhere between the sky and the earth.
Yen Tu Festival is one of the most crowded religious events in Quang Ninh Province and the North of Vietnam as well. There is a wide range of fascinating services and activities to entertain tourists and pilgrims like the incense and praying ceremony, along with a variety of folk games. Especially, this year’s festival had some new fantastic activities such as riding hot-air balloons over Yen Tu and watching the largest Buddhist flag in Vietnam.
Along with Yen Tu Festival, the spring flower festival is also opened on the same day with different types of flowers displayed at 18 pavilions, which add a unique atmosphere to Yen Tu Festival.
Yen Tu was officially listed as a special national relic site in September 2012 and has been declared one of the 10 most attractive spiritual destinations in Vietnam by the Vietnam Records Organization.
Yen Tu Festival is one of Vietnam’s most famous spring festivals, which attracts hundreds of visitors from different regions of Vietnam to come, worship and express their respect to Buddha as well as admire the magnificent landscape around this mountain.
Thanks to the new cable system for the road to Yen Tu, the number of visitors to this place has increased rapidly each year.