- 1. About Su Muon Pagoda Phu Quoc
- 2. The highlights of Su Muon Pagoda in Phu Quoc
- 3. How to get to Su Muon Pagoda on your day tour?
- 4. Things to note when you visit Su Muon Pagoda
Apart from pristine beaches and wild forests, Phu Quoc Island also captures tourists’ attention with its many spiritual places. Su Muon Pagoda, with its spectacular scenery and religious value, is one of the most sacred spots on this island, which is definitely a good attraction to see during your trip.
1. About Su Muon Pagoda Phu Quoc
Despite not being too well-known with foreign tourists, Su Muon Pagoda is a famous sacred place on this island. Not only is it a spiritual attraction of the locals, this Phu Quoc pagoda is also an ideal place to enjoy the peacefulness and tranquility, which you could hardly find in bustling cities. Su Muon Pagoda is also known as Hung Long Pagoda.
- Address: Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc
- Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM every day
- Entrance fee: Free
Su Muon Pagoda Phu Quoc is situated in Suoi Da Hamlet, Duong To Commune, which is just around five kilometers to the west of Duong Dong Town. The pagoda is nestled on a mountainside and surrounded by the lush greens of forest.
Su Muon Pagoda was founded in the early 1930s. In its early days, it was just a small pagoda in Phu Quoc with a one-floor building made of leaves and wood. The first abbot and also the founder of this pagoda was monk Nguyen Kim Muon (1892-1946), whose religious name is Giai Minh. Right at the time of establishment, the monk named the pagoda “Hung Long Tu” (Hung Long Pagoda).
In times of war, the pagoda was burned by the French, forcing the abbot and other monks to take refuge in Long Van Temple. In 1955, Monk Gia Minh passed away. When the war subsided, Monk Minh Uc from the temple came back to Phu Quoc to reconstruct the pagoda.
Hung Long Pagoda underwent a major restoration in 1980, which took over two years to complete. The name Hung Long was still there, but the locals are used to calling it “Su Muon Pagoda” to commemorate the merit of the founder of the pagoda.
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2. The highlights of Su Muon Pagoda in Phu Quoc
To Phu Quoc’s people, Su Muon Pagoda is an important spiritual place to pilgrim to during the first day and full moon of every lunar month, as well as Tet Holiday and other Buddhist occasions. Furthermore, the pagoda also possesses a tranquil atmosphere and excellent architecture, thus being even more appealing to tourists.
2.1. The traditional architecture of the main hall
Su Muon Pagoda in Phu Quoc features a distinctive architectural design. The pagoda lies in the middle of a lush forest with beautiful scenery, halfway up a hill. Behind this sacred place lie large, gnarled trees. There is a Buddha statue in a sanctum, which stands on a 3-meter-thick stone platform. Visitors must ascend more than 60 stone steps to get to that sanctum.
Entering the main hall, you will see a large number of colorful relics and Buddha statues here. The main hall also has a large statue of Buddha. In front of it is another statue of Big Buddha with surrounding statues of children. Another statue of Buddha is situated in the back of the hall, near a high cliff, beneath a big tree.
Visitors will be treated to an amazing panorama of Ham Ninh Mountain and the shoreline encircling Phu Quoc island as they gaze down to the mountain slope from the balcony of Su Muon Pagoda. Relishing the mountain breeze whispering through the tall trees and the tranquil atmosphere here, you will feel like your soul has been purified.
2.2. The green and peaceful space
The surroundings of Su Muon Pagoda are another appeal of this place. Thanks to its prime location amidst the greens, this pagoda is considered one of the most tranquil places to visit in Phu Quoc.
The entire pagoda is set atop a hill, surrounded by an evergreen forest. Visitors to Su Muon on a hot day will feel much better as they take in the soothing mountain breezes here. Also, there are a lot of myrtle trees, especially at the back of the temple. Their fragrant flowers will be in full bloom in summer, creating such breathtaking scenery to admire.
2.3. The Konia tree that is over 200 years old
Visiting Su Muon Pagoda, in addition to seeking inner peace and making offerings, you can go around to the rear of the main hall and see a Konia tree that is more than 200 years old. Its luxuriant foliage shadows the entire area, creating a cool place to sit down on hot days.
There is a statue of Gautama Buddha at the base of the tree. A stupa, a place of prayer for the pagoda’s forefathers, is located not far to the west in a huge myrtle grove.
3. How to get to Su Muon Pagoda on your day tour?
Su Muon Pagoda Phu Quoc is located close to one of the main roads of the island, hence you can easily get here, no matter where you are staying on the island. Often, tourists prefer renting a motorbike to explore the island on their own, as it will help them adjust their itinerary freely. You can look up the directions from your place to Su Muon Pagoda easily on Google Maps, or you can ask the locals to show you the way, also.
You can also choose to book a taxi to get here effortlessly. It will cost you more than renting a motorbike, obviously.
Another easy way to enjoy a Phu Quoc day tour to Su Muon Pagoda is to book an all-inclusive tour. There are several Phu Quoc tour packages that include Su Muon Pagoda in their itineraries. You can search for these tours online or ask the receptionist at your hotel for more information. Sometimes, when you wander around the night market or other Phu Quoc tourist attractions, there will be advertisement leaflets about these tours, also.
4. Things to note when you visit Su Muon Pagoda
To make sure you have a smooth trip to the pagoda, bear in mind the following tips:
- Dress appropriately. Visiting any spiritual or cultural attractions in Vietnam, you should wear modest, non-revealing clothes.
- Do not make too much noise. It is not appropriate to talk too loud or laugh at a religious site.
- Do not climb on the statues. Kids are playful and might feel like climbing the statues. Make sure that you have reminded your kids carefully so that they will not show any disrespect to this sacred place.
- Make offerings and prayers. Su Muon Pagoda is a sacred place to pray for health, luck, and prosperity. It is also a common thing to burn incense (one stick only) or make donations (around 5,000 – 20,000 VND) before you make your wish.
- Mind your belongings. Keep your bag and all belongings (especially money and jewelry) close at all times.
Aside from Su Muon Pagoda, Phu Quoc Island is also home to many other sacred spiritual places, such as Dinh Cau (Cau Palace), Dinh Ba (Ba Palace), Ho Quoc Pagoda, Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, etc. if you are seeking a place to ease your soul and pray for luck, these attractions are definitely worth a visit.
Apparently, this pearl island has more to offer. Not only does it possess pristine beaches with soft white sand and transparent water, Phu Quoc is also home to lots of luxury beach resorts and amusement parks.
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Su Muon Pagoda is an appealing attraction to visit in Phu Quoc that travelers should not miss out on. Not only can you pray for good things at this sacred place, the pagoda is also an ideal spot to enjoy the breathtaking nature of Phu Quoc.
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