Su Muon Pagoda is a famous tourist attraction in Phu Quoc that should not be missed out on when visitors come to the pearl island. This pagoda is hidden under the canopy of old trees, with its back leaning against the mountain and its front facing the sea. Coming here, you will surely enjoy the relaxing and peaceful moments that this place will bring.
1. Where is Su Muon Pagoda in Phu Quoc?
Su Muon Pagoda (Chinese name: Hung Long Tu) is located in Duong To commune, Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province. This is the familiar venue for many cultural and religious activities of the local people.
To reach the pagoda, from the center of Duong Dong town, you should go along Duong Dong - Ham Ninh road for about 5 kilometers, then turn right. To get inside the pagoda, first you will need to climb 60 stone steps.
2. The establishment and development of Su Muon Pagoda
Su Muon Pagoda was built around the 1930s. Initially, the pagoda was relatively small, built mainly of leaves and wood. At that time, the pagoda's abbot was Gia Minh. Once a businessman, after practicing and spreading Buddhism in many islands such as Hon Thom, Tho Chu, he decided to settle in Phu Quoc island and built the pagoda here.
By 1945, with the war reaching its climax, Su Muon Pagoda was almost completely burned down. In 1955, the monk Minh Uc came here and rebuilt the pagoda. Nearly 40 years later, it underwent a major restoration which lasted more than 2 years. Now, the pagoda’s name Su Muon is still preserved to commemorate the merits of Gia Minh, the monk who founded the pagoda.
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3. TOP 3 not-to-be-missed experiences at Su Muon Pagoda Phu Quoc
3.1. Enjoy the peaceful natural space at Su Muon Pagoda
Su Muon Pagoda is located on a mountainside, surrounded by a vast green forest. Walking in the temple grounds and looking at the sea, visitors will feel the peace and tranquility here. The landscape of the pagoda has a lot of green trees, making the atmosphere even fresher.
The main hall of the pagoda has a 3-meter-high stone foundation. The interior is decorated simply and used for worshiping Buddha and bodhisattvas. In front of the main hall, there is a statue of Guanyin (or Avalokitasvara) standing on a lotus pedestal. On both sides of the statue, there are two stone figures in the shape of a dragon and a tiger.
Behind the main hall are dozens of old trees, their branches stretching wide and shading the entire temple grounds. Nearby, there is the sound of the murmuring stream, the chirping birds, and the blowing breeze that make this spiritual site even more sacred.
3.2. See the Konia tree of over 200 years old
Coming to Su Muon Pagoda, in addition to finding inner peace and making offerings, visitors can also go around to the back of the main hall and see a Konia tree of more than 200 years old, its luxuriant branches and leaves shading the entire area.
At the base of the tree is a statue of Gautama Buddha sitting quietly with a satisfied smile. Not far to the west, there is a vast myrtle forest which houses the stupa - the place to worship the ancestors of the pagoda.
3.3. Pray for luck and health at Hung Long Tu Phu Quoc
Although not as spacious as other temples on the mainland, Su Muon Pagoda is known as one of the most sacred temples in the pearl island. Many tourists visit the pagoda to make offerings and pray. Some people pray for health, others pray for career or business. The sacred atmosphere here can make anyone find their peace of mind.
4. Other spiritual destinations to visit in Phu Quoc Island
- Ho Quoc Pagoda
Ho Quoc Pagoda is likened to a heaven-like place in Phu Quoc. Having beautiful scenery, this tourist destination is chosen by many visitors coming to sightsee and worship. This is also the largest temple in Phu Quoc in particular and the Southwest region of Vietnam in general.
Coming to this pagoda, the first thing that anyone can witness is its beautiful landscape. From here, you can admire the immense sea in front and the green mountains behind. In addition, you have a chance to make offerings and pray for luck, which will be a not-to-be-missed experience.
- Cau Palace
Cau Palace in Phu Quoc is a famous spiritual attraction favored by many tourists. Thanks to its prime location on a cliff facing the sea, the palace possesses majestic scenery and an extremely pleasant air for visitors to enjoy.
Cau Palace is designed to resemble a communal house in Northern Vietnam, with a curved roof of bright red tiles and two large pillars carved with an impressive dragon pattern. In addition, on the roof, there are two dragon figures and a moon figure which are made from fine porcelain.
- Nguyen Trung Truc Temple
Nguyen Trung Truc Temple was built in 1993. Coming here, visitors will have a chance to admire the architectural features, patterns, materials and colors of ancient Southern Vietnam. Not only a place for spiritual tourism, this temple is also a comprehensive medical center which houses many herbal medicines.
In addition to the above spiritual destinations, you should not miss out on some stunning beaches in Phu Quoc, such as Ong Lang Beach, Khem Beach, Long Beach, Starfish Beach, etc. Also, there are a ton of other fantastic places waiting for you to explore, such as the theme park VinWonders Phu Quoc, the safari Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, Grand World Phu Quoc, Phu Quoc Night Market, etc.
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Su Muon Pagoda can offer unique travel experiences for any visitor. This is not only a place where you can immerse yourself in nature to find peace of mind, but also a spiritual site to worship and pray for good things.