Huong Pagoda Festival opens
The annual Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival opened in Hanoi’s
outskirts district of My Duc on February 8 or the sixth day of the first
The festival is the biggest and longest annual festival in
Vietnam that lasts through three spring months, welcoming more than 1
million pilgrims and tourists each year.
On the first day of the festival, an art programme was held and an art exhibition opened at the pagoda’s museum.
of the festival will be a poetry night and a night of flower garlands
and coloured lanterns in the Yen stream. The poetry night will be held
on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
The festival organising board and local authorities have invested in
expanding the wharf and put a total of 4,600 boats into service during
this year’s festival.
Sightseeing trips to
pagodas, temples and caves are the main attractions at the Huong pagoda
festival, as well as ceremonies to ask favours from Lord Buddha.
Built in the late 17th century, Huong Pagoda is located in My Duc
District at a historic site that has a large number of pagodas, temples
and caverns filled with marvelous kinds of stalactiles, about 60km from
downtown Hanoi. The Huong Tich cavern has the autograph of Lord Trinh
Sam in 1770, describing the cavern as the most beautiful cave in the