Long Tien Pagoda Festival


Place: Long TiA?n Pagoda at the foot of Bai Tho (Poem) Mountain, Halong City
Time: The official festive day is on the 24th of the third lunar month
Significance: Long Tien Pagoda was built quite recently, 1941, and is the largest pagoda in Halong City. The festivities of the pagoda are not reserved solely for Buddhist faithful, but hold a spiritual meaning for every local.

Long Tien Pagoda Festival
Long Tien Pagoda Festival

Some locals say that every day is a festive day at Long Tien Pagoda. Foreign and domestic tourists arrive for sightseeing, while faithful burn incense and recite prayers to Buddha. But it is on the 1st and 15th days of each lunar month that they arrive in greater numbers, and particularly over Tet.

When spring arrives, it is the festive season for the whole region. People call Long Tien Pagoda TrAi??nh (submit) Pagoda. They arrive to burn joss-sticks here first, afterwards to continue on a pilgrimage to Yen Tu Mountain and finally to participatein the festivities at Cua Ong Temple.
Locals organized a procession carrying palanquin pass by Tran Quoc Nghien Temple (A?uc Ong Temple) to An Duong Vuong Temple in Vung A?ang via Long Tong then back to the pagoda. It was told that in the carrying palanquin race of the processions many people carrying palanquins run fast seem to fly past the canal like in the tale.