The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked the Prime Minister for permission to compile dossiers of Yen Tu Buddhism complex with a view to seeking World Heritage status for this national special relic.
The Prime Miniter has before approved a plan to make Yen Tu in the northern province of Quang Ninh a national centre of culture, history and tourism.
The Buddhism complex on the 1,068m Yen Tu Mountain is considered the capital of Vietnamese Buddhism, where in the 13th century King-turned-monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) founded the first Vietnamese School of Buddhism called “Thien Tong” or Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen.
The 20,000 ha relic site includes two parts: Yen Tu Historical Heritage and Beauty Site, and Historical Site of Tran dynasty in Dong Trieu district.
Besides numerous temples, the relic also preserves many old religious and cultural documents such as precious prayer-books and monks’ writings.
Yen Tu Mountain also named White Cloud Mountain (“Bach Van Son”) is covered by cloud. From the peak, visitors can enjoy the view of Ha Long Bay’s islands and Bach Dang River or visit Dong Temple here.
Visitors can choose to either take the cable car to the peak or climb up the 6km stone-paved path surrounded by thick pine forests.
Every year, thousands of pilgrims converge on the Yen Tu Festival which lasts from the first to the third lunar month.
With significant historical, cultural and natural values, Yen Tu was recognised as a Special National Relic in September 2012. Last November, it was selected as one of the 10 most popular spiritual destinations in Vietnam by the Vietnam Records Organisation.