Perfume Pagoda

The Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) is a complex of 16 halls, temples, and grottoes amid a craggy karst landscape southwest of Hanoi. No other landscape in Vietnam so closely mirrors the world of a Chinese ink painting. Nor is any pagoda as popular. International travelers flock to the site, while domestic pilgrims swarm the pathways and halls during a festival held from the 6th to 15th day of the first lunar month (Jan. or Feb.).

The Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) is a complex of 16 halls, temples, and grottoes amid a craggy karst landscape southwest of Hanoi. No other landscape in Vietnam so closely mirrors the world of a Chinese ink painting. Nor is any pagoda as popular. International travelers flock to the site, while domestic pilgrims swarm the pathways and halls during a festival held from the 6th to 15th day of the first lunar month (Jan. or Feb.).

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