Enlightenment through suffering: the way to Yen Tu

“Enlightenment through suffering” is perhaps the best description of the Yenta reserve, located in the north-east of Vietnam, in the province of Quảng Ninh.

Name in Vietnamese : Yên Tử
Where is located : Thuong Yen Commune, Uong Bi Town, Quang Ninh province.
Cost :

  • The price of a parking space for a scooter is 10 000 d,
  • a complex ticket for the cable car (consists of 4 segments) – 280 000 d,
  • ticket for 1 segment – 120 000 d,
  • on 2 segments in one direction – 200 000 d.

Average visit duration : 6-8 hours.
Website : http://banquanlyyentu.vn/

The Dongchieu mountain chain encircles the entire north-eastern part of the country, the summit of the mountain of Yenta is the highest in it. Do not be afraid of the word “suffering”: of course, we exaggerate a little. If the physical exertion and passion for the stunning scenery is about you, then the place will be to your liking. We found five reasons that will help us convince you that visiting Yenty is a duty of every person who loves Vietnam.

Reason number 1. Great story

Entrance to the Yenti Reserve
Entrance to the Yenti reserve

Studying the history and culture of the country you are traveling on is the only way to be grateful for the emotions and sensations that it gives. If your love for Vietnam is unquestioning and forgiving, then its history should become an important part of your journey. Yenti is impregnated with it. It was this place that was destined to become the cradle of Chuklam – the school of Vietnamese Buddhism. To ascend Mount Yenti and pay tribute to the Buddhist emperor Chang Nyan Tong is a difficult but welcome duty for every follower.

Pilgrims and altar of Chiang Nyan-Tong
Pilgrims and altar of Chiang Niang-Tong

Chiang Niang Tong is one of the most beloved rulers of Vietnam. During the years of his reign, he strongly influenced the fate of his country: he was a poet and encouraged the creation of works in Vietnamese. During his reign, the Vietnamese language became the second official language. Also his name is associated with a successful victory over the Mongols.

In 1293, being in the prime of life (the emperor was only 35 years old), he abdicated in favor of his son. And for 6 years he was with him to help the young emperor rule the country. In 1299, Chiang Niang Tong took tonsure and retired to the mountain of Yenty, where he founded the school of Buddhism Chuklam. He was engaged in missionary activity: in 1304, went on a trip around the country to spread the moral precepts of Buddhism. In 1308 he reached nirvana. Since then, his name is revered and loved.

Reason # 2. Beautiful architecture

The temple complex includes more than a thousand designs. The main interest for tourists is the Hoa Yen pagoda (543 meters above sea level), Van Thiu (700 meters above sea level) and Dong (at the top of the Jenta mountain, 1068 meters above sea level).

Altar of the Bronze Pagoda. All items are made of bronze
Altar of the Bronze Pagoda. All items are made of bronze

Pagoda Dong (Bronze Pagoda) – a new construction. It was built in 2007 instead of an ancient altar made of bronze. To preserve the tradition, the pagoda was also poured out of this metal. Believers throughout the country collected money for its manufacture, in addition, monks and ordinary people donated gold and silver, which was added to bronze during casting. Despite its small size, the Dong Pagoda is the largest building in the world, cast from bronze.

Ancient stone sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms
Ancient stone sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms

The best time to see the pagoda in all its glory is spring, when the festival is taking place. It starts from the 10th day of the first month of the lunar calendar (February 25, 2018) and lasts three months. Dates are better to specify in the agencies. These days it is difficult to push through the reserve, because pilgrims from all over the country rush to Yenty. Therefore, if you value solitude and personal space, choose other months. Mount Yenti is always beautiful.

  If you like small forms of architecture, then everything here is a joy for the eyes. Carved banisters in the form of dragons, refined ornaments, moss-covered stone sculptures and altars. The main thing is not to forget the camera!

Perfection of details
Perfection of details

Reason number 3. Nature

The stream in which the wife of Chiang Niang-Tong drowned
The stream in which, according to legend, Chiang Niang-Tong's wife drowned when she learned that he was leaving her for the sake of faith

For many people, the main thing in Yenta will be nature. Rising to the top, you will meet a huge number of animals, birds and insects. We managed to see the squirrel, butterflies the size of the palm, praying mantises, stick-stick, several species of spiders, various birds. So just open your eyes wide and watch. If you get tired of exotic animals, you can always find a dog. And be touched by her ability to climb or descend stairs quickly.

Rising to the altitude, you will be surprised how clean and pleasant the air: there are no fumes and smoke from the industrial zones located near the reserve. The latter, by the way, can spoil the appearance: a thick haze will hide the infinity of the panorama. Choose sunny, transparent days.

Reason number 4. Test for the spirit

Merchant hiking goods to the top of the mountain
A merchant picking up the top of the mountain

Yenti embodies the power of the spirit. Slowly climbing the stairs (steep enough), you remember only that you need to move on. Climbing resembles meditation: thoughts stop their run, problems go to the background. Remain only you and the ladder up. The Vietnamese proverb says: “Live righteous for at least a hundred years, but if you did not go up to Yenty, you can not call yourself a righteous man.”

Finger Citron or Hand of Buddha
Finger Citron or Hand of the Buddha

Reason number 5. Test for the body

Ascent to Yenta for another week will remind you of the pain in the whole body. After this glorious act, the body includes the metabolism at full capacity: you will lose calories only at the thought of re-rising. If you are not sure if this will enforce (or if you do not want to part with fat stores for anything), then since 2002 a cableway has been operating in Yenta. Until the last I wanted to hide this information, but suddenly we frightened you.

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