HOA YÊN PAGODA - VIỆT NAM
Hoa Yên pagoda (Hoa Yên Tự) whose base is higher than that of the former by 7 or 8 metres. It lies among big old fir trees and the fragrance of forests. It was built during the Lư Dynasty and its Chief Monk was later appointed as Teacher of a Crown Prince. Its old name was Vân Yên, while the new name, Hoa Yên, was given it during the Lê Dynasty. It was initially a very big pagoda, comprising several main buildings, provided with bell and drum towers, living quarters for monks and for guests, a "predestination" shrine (Am Thiền Định) and more. Later, it fell in ruins. The present Hoa Yên Pagoda is built on the old foundations but it is much smaller, comprising an antechamber and a back chamber, and dedicated to the three founders of the Trúc Lâm sect (Trần Nhân Tông, Pháp Loa and Huyền Quang).