Exploring the Enchanting Yen Tu

Exploring the Enchanting Yen Tu

Yen Tu Mountain, also known as Tượng Đầu Mountain, lies on the border between Bac Giang and Quang Ninh provinces, forming part of the Dong Trieu mountain range in the Northeast of Vietnam. With an elevation of 1068m above sea level, this mountain boasts a diverse and rich ecological system, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Yen Tu Tourist Area serves as a repository for historical and cultural relics linked to the formation and development of the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen Buddhism sect. Combined with its stunning mountainous scenery, cool climate, and pristine nature, this destination has become a hotspot for both local and international spiritual travelers.

Best Time to Visit Yen Tu

Quang Ninh experiences distinct seasons throughout the year typical of the Northern region, making the best time to visit Yen Tu during spring, roughly from January to March in the lunar calendar. This period offers pleasant and cool weather, ideal for exploration. Additionally, numerous festivals take place during this time, attracting visitors from all corners who come to participate in Buddhist celebrations.


  • For a more serene experience, consider visiting Yen Tu after the grand festival on the 1st of October (lunar calendar). However, be aware that the area may be crowded during this time, so plan accordingly, especially if traveling with elderly or young companions.
  • From March onwards, the number of pilgrims decreases, providing a more peaceful atmosphere. The weather remains cool, making it suitable for those who prefer a less crowded environment.

Main Temples in Yen Tu

Yen Tu is home to a multitude of temples, each with its own unique charm. Here are some must-visit temples in Yen Tu:

Trinh Temple

 The first stop for visitors, Trinh Temple is nestled beside a small stream with water flowing gracefully over rocky crevices. Legend has it that when King Tran Nhan Tong visited, he bathed in the stream to cleanse himself before entering the sacred grounds.

Giai Oan Temple

This temple was built to appease the spirits of 100 court ladies who followed King Tran Nhan Tong to Yen Tu but could not dissuade him from his spiritual journey. They chose to end their lives by jumping into the stream, and the temple was erected to absolve their tragic fate.

Hoa Yen Temple

Also known as the Main Temple, Hoa Yen Temple is the largest in Yen Tu and was originally established during the Ly Dynasty. It was later renamed Hoa Yen by King Le Thanh Tong when he witnessed the lush greenery and misty atmosphere. The complex includes ancestral halls, side corridors, and temple bells and drums, all reflecting the architecture of the Tran Dynasty. Behind Hoa Yen Temple lies the remains of Pho Da Quan Am Bodhisattva Temple.

Dong Temple

Also known as Thien Truc Tu, Dong Temple, situated at an altitude of 1068m, was constructed during the Le Dynasty. Originally a small bamboo structure resembling a temple, it evolved over history into the world's largest bronze-casted temple.

Truc Lam Zen Monastery: 

Founded in 1293 by King Tran Nhan Tong, Chua Lan was transformed into a grandiose monastery. It became a place for preaching and monastic practice, playing a significant role in the Truc Lam Zen Buddhism tradition. On the 11th of November, 2002, Lan Temple was officially inaugurated as Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen Monastery, covering nearly 5 hectares.

These are the main temples and landmarks that you shouldn't miss when exploring Yen Tu. In just one day, you can visit all these places and immerse yourself in the spiritual and majestic ambiance of Yen Tu. Don't forget that BDATRIP offers optimized and professional one-day Yen Tu tours, ensuring you make the most of your visit

Best Activities

Related Stories

Copyright © 2022 BDATrip.com | All rights reserved.