Being a vast complex of Buddhist shrines and pagodas built into the Karst cliffs of Huong Tich Mountain located in Huong Son Commune, Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda is one of the most striking relics in the North of Vietnam. According to some legends, the site was constructed under Le Dynasties in the 15th century.
Today, it is home to a religious festival annually held in the three first months of Lunar Calendar, which draws a lot of pilgrims from across Vietnam.
The complex includes four main highlights: Trinh Shrine built to worship a general of Hung King, Thien Tru Pagoda (also known as Outer Pagoda) which has a giant Buddhist statue of Quan Am Nam Hai, Giai Oan Pagoda with the famous Long Tuyen well which can “erase” human sorrow, and Huong Tich Cave in the center of Perfume Pagoda, which has the Inner Pagoda and many naturally carved limestone formations.
The most popular way to explore the site is taking a scenic river trip to the foot of the mountains for about an hour and a half, and then you can choose different options to get to the main pagoda area: either walking up 4km from the boat station to enjoy the scenic route or catch a cable car to the top to save time.