Buddha statue at Long Son Pagoda – Image courtesy of Treti Budha/Wikimedia Commons
Introducing Long Son Pagoda
Founded in the late 19th century, Long Son Pagoda has been rebuilt several times over the years. The entrance and roofs are decorated with dragon mosaics constructed of glass and ceramic tile.
Inside, the main ceremonial hall is adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. Don’t miss the ferocious nose hairs of the dragons that encircle the pillars on either side of the main altar.
For many visitors the main attraction of Long Son Pagoda is the huge white 24m-high Buddha, which sits on the hilltop site of the original temple that was built in 1886, but then destroyed by a cyclone in 1900.
Around the statue’s base are carved relief portraits (framed in flames) of Thich Quang Duc and six other Buddhist monks who died in self-immolations in 1963 to protest against the corrupt Diem regime of (the former) South Vietnam.
The Buddha can be seen from all over Nha Trang and is easily reached after climbing 152 stone steps from the pagoda to the top of the hill; the effort is rewarded by the panoramic views over Nha Trang.
Note: Watch out and ignore the scammers demanding money to show you around.
Location: About 400m west of the railway station, Nha Trang
Admission: Free, although a donation to the pagoda is always welcome