In Vietnam, the mountainous region of Yen Tu in Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi District, Quang Ninh Province is famous all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, historical relics and hundreds of ancient pagodas and towers, earning its name as the Buddhism capital of Dai Viet, Vietnam’s former name.
Yen Tu Pagoda is associated with King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) who was the 3rd king of the Tran Family. After successfully driving the invaders out of the kingdom, he resigned and still helped to train his son (King Tran Anh Tong ) to rule the Kingdom.
Nowadays, visiting the pagodas and mountains of Yen Tu, we’ll hike on the stone steps, the uneven path, the vertically steep rocky path to the top of the mountain which is 1,068m in elevation and which is covered in cloud all year round. A good adventure traveller may complete the round trip up and down in 6-7 hours on a dry day. Alternatively, you can go up and down the mountain by cable car which should take 2-3 hours.
The more adventurous can go up 800 meters to visit Bao Sai Pagoda, one of the earliest pagodas here. And going even higher brings visitors to the Vong Phu stone, which resembles a mother embracing a child, standing out from the view of forests and mountains. The last stop is Dong Pagoda on the Peak of Yen Tu Mountain, 1,068 meters above sea level.