HÀ PAGODA - VIỆT NAM
The official name is Thánh Đức Tự (Pagoda of Holy Virtue). The pagoda was built in the 11th century during the reign of Lư Nhân Tông King. At first, it was a small pagoda managed by Priest Từ Đạo Hạnh. The pagoda was initially built according to Sino-Vietnamese character Tam—this character is formed by 3 hyphens parallel to each other. The pagoda therefore consists of 3 sections: Hạ Pagoda, Trung Pagoda, and Thượng Pagoda. The outer part, Hạ Pagoda, is a place for offerings and ceremonies; the middle part, Trung Pagoda, is a place for worship of Buddha; and finally, the inner part is a place for worship of Priest Từ Đạo Hạnh. An automated sandalwood statue of Từ Đạo Hạnh that stands and sits is located in a red lacquered shrine trimmed with gold and covered with a curtain.