The sacred temple used to be the largest Buddhist center in the Tran dynasty in Bac Giang

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, often called Duc La Pagoda, was built in the Tran dynasty, is a major center of Vietnamese Buddhism. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda has a large scale, located on large land with tortoise-shaped terrain.
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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda has a large scale, located on a large land with tortoise-shaped terrain, towards the confluence of Phuong Nhan River – the confluence of Thuong and Luc Nam rivers. Vinh Nghiem pagoda is considered as the place where the relics of the Tam To of Truc Lam sect.
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When King Tran Nhan Tong abandoned his throne to become a monk to Vinh Nghiem pagoda, taking the title of Huong Van Dai Dau Da, founding the Zen Tong sect, it became a Buddhist center in the Tran dynasty (13th century). . 
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The pagoda currently preserves a lot of rare and precious artifacts. This place carries bold characteristics of an ancient Vietnamese temple. The pagoda is structured on an axis, in the South-North direction, consisting of 5 blocks: Tam Quan Block, Tam Bao Block, To First Church, Bell Tower and To II Church, and some other works such as left vu corridor, Huu vu and tower garden, …
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The first block is the Tam Quan gate. Passing this Tam Quan place means that you have entered the meditation scene, entered the sacred place. The second block is the Tam Bao building with the “Cong” typeface architecture including Tien Duong, Thuong Dien and the Thieu Huong Dynasty.
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The third block also follows the Cong script but is lower and smaller. This is the First Patriarch’s house to worship the three ancestors who founded Truc Lam Zen sect. Currently, there are three statues of Truc Lam Tam To in the First Patriarch’s house: in examination is Huong Van Tran Nhan Tong statue, outside is Phap Loa statue and Huyen Quang statue. There is also a very large stone stele inscribed from the Nguyen dynasty, recording the merit of the monks who made the merits of building the pagoda and the temple renovation process.
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The fourth block is a bell tower with 2 floors and 8 roofs, hanging a large bell. The bell floor architecture is combined between wooden and brick structures, in the middle part is hung small bronze bells (wind chimes).
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The fifth block, with the “Dinh” typeface structure, is the Second’s ancestor’s house worshiping To Phap Loa. This is the Le – Nguyen dynasty, the place where the statues, tablets or pictures are worshiped to the next three ancestors of Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen sect.
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In December 2015, the Prime Minister decided to classify the pagoda as a special national monument, attracting visitors from all over the world to admire the pagoda and learn about many cultural features with valuable and historical values.

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