Perfume Pagoda (Huong Tich) Festival in Hanoi is the most popular and longest festival in this country. Located in Huong Son Commune of My One District in Ha Tay province, the Perfume Pagoda (Huong Tich) is basically a group of caves reflecting the architectural splendor and human creativity in its finest blend.
Perfume Pagoda (Huong Tich) Festival in Hanoi is celebrated from the 6th day of the first month to the end of the third month according to the lunar calendar. According to Vietnamese faith, Huong Son is believed to be a heaven where Brodhisattva Kwan Yin is worshipped and thus is considered to be the paradise of Budhha.
As you visit Hanoi in Vietnam, you will learn that this pagoda is the most prominent of pilgrimage for the Buddhists in northern part of Vietnam. You will find thousands of pilgrims enduring hardships to reach these sacred caves. They go there to invoke well-being, happiness and prosperity in the future. The devotees are required to ride on boats across Yen Stream. The boats are generally rowed by young women who offer riding services.
As you travel, you will be impressed by the green landscape with pulsating green rice fields. The landscape is also dotted with moulds of limestone till you reach the base of Huong Mountain. As you walk up to the cave across the stone steps, you will come across various traditional pagodas, monasteries and shrines.
Features of Perfume Pagoda (Huong Tich) Festival in Hanoi
- A dragon dance is performed in the yard of Trinh PagodaRoyal barge is also set sail on the 6th day of the month when the festival begins.
- The festival is observed in three places- Huong Tich, Tuyet Son and Long Van.
- Most of the crowd visits this place between the 15th and 20th day of the second month of the lunar calendar.
- You will be impressed by the landscape and lush greenery around the pagoda.
How to Reach Perfume Pagoda
- You can take the Hanoi – Ha Dong – Van Dinh – Huong Son route
- You can also go by water from Phu Ly Township along the river to Duc Port in Yen Vi. From the riverbank, you will have to tread on foot.