Yen Tu festival
Place: The mountainous region of Yen Tu, Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi Town
Yen tu festival (Events on Yen Tu )
Time: Yen tu festivities begin on the ninth day of the first lunar month and last until the end of the third lunar month.
Significance: Yen Tu has been a centre of Buddhism for many centuries, and is the starting point of the Buddhist sect of Truc Lam. Travellers to Yen Tu Festival stay away from the mundane and go on a religion pilgrimage in the midst of the mighty nature.
There is a popular saying about Yen Tu:”Even after 100 years of virtuous religious life, if you don’t come to Yên Tử you cannot be called a true religious person”.
In the wide ensemble of vestiges in Yen Tu, there are 11 pagodas and hundreds of shrines and towers. One form of entertainment is to climb the peak to where the Ðông Pagoda was built (1,068m above the sea).
On the way, you’ll see pagodas, a tower, a stream and a forest. At the top, after having burned joss-sticks, you swill feel lost in nature somewhere between the sky and the earth. When the sky is clear, you can almost perceive all of the northeast area from here.