Tay Phuong monastery, (in) Yen, Bac Ninh, VN

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"Tay Phuong Pagoda is located on Tay Phuong mountain in Yen village, Thach That district, Ha Noi. It is 37 km from Hanoi, along the Hanoi - Son Tay route, and 6 km from the Tay Pagoda. The pagoda was built during the 6th and 7th centuries and has been restored several times since. In 1632, the pagoda was rebuilt according to the Sino-Vietnamese character Tam (three), featuring three sections: the upper sanctuary, back palace, and lobby rooms. Later on, in 1794, the pagoda was completely rebuilt.
Tay Phuong Pagoda is also an exposition gallery for many national engraving and sculpture masterpieces.
The pagoda has approximately 80 statues of all sizes representing former monks who stayed at the pagoda. The pagoda also possesses a bell molded in 1796 and many valuable altars of emperors of the Canh Thinh dynasty. Tay Phuong Pagoda is not only an historical site with valuable architecture, but also a scenic spot in Ha Tay province. After climbing 239 stone steps […] one reaches a gate. The gate carries the name of the structure : Tay Phuong Co Tu (Ancient Pagoda of the West) According to the inscri tion on a 17th-century stone stele it also has two other names: Sung Phuc Tu and Hoang Son Thieu Lam Tu.
The pagoda [i.e. the monastery - tmciolek] was built in the 3rd century and was undergone several restorations. In 1794 under the Tay Son regime, it was completely renewed, hence its present design. It comprises three successive constructions : the Hall of Prostration, the Main Shrine, and the Sanctuary, all with doubletiered roofs. It seems that this architectural arrangement is inspired by Buddhist and Confucianist thought: the three constructions symbolize the three forces governing the world."

"[…] The pagoda nests on Cau Lau, also known as Trau (buffalo) Mountain in Yen Village, Thach Xa Commune, Thach That District. […]
From Hanoi, drive along the Lang-Hoa Lac Highway for some 30 kilometers, then turn onto Provincial Road 80B. Tay Phuong Pagoda is about five kilometers from there. […] The Saigon Times Daily - No. 2543 - October 11, 2005"

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 03 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Tay Phuong monastery, VN.

General location of the Tay Phuong monastery, VN.
lat=20.976 long=105.473
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tay Phuong monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Vietnam: Bac Ninh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Tay Phuong Pagoda

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Tay Phuong monastery in Yen village - Approx. coords., Lat 20.976 Long 105.473 - estimated from maps.google.com, tmciolek, 14 Mar 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Yen village - Approx. coords., Lat 20.976 Long 105.473 - estimated from maps.google.com, tmciolek, 14 Mar 2010.

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

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9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p - tmciolek 3 Apr 2013
  • 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 3 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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