The Biggest Buddha You Ever Did See

The Biggest Buddha You Ever Did See

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Nha Thrang's bong bridge.

Nha Thrang was a short stopover between Da Lat and Hoi An, so we only spent a day in this beach town.  We packed it in for the short time we were in Nha Thrang and were happy with our whirlwind tour.  The beach was stunning with huge waves that were mesmerizing to watch roll in.  We took many a beach strolls hand in hand enjoying the fresh, salty air and the soothing sounds of the ocean.  Our hotel just three minutes from the beach proved to be in a great location.  To maximize our sight seeing potential we rented a motorcycle once again and enjoyed driving along the ocean.

The postcard picture of choice in Nha Thrang is the huge Buddha found at the Long So’n Pagoda.  The pagoda is dedicated to the Buddhists who gave their lives protesting the American supported Diem regime.  Inside you will find two huge Buddhas, one laying down that spans an impressive 24 meters and another that sits at the top of the hill at 9 meters tall.  From the second Buddha you have a commanding view of the city and access to the cemetery holding the tombs of the Buddhists that gave their lives in protest.

The enormous feet of the lounging Buddha at Long So'n Pagoda

The biggest Buddha we have seen on this trip.

After our Buddha adventure we hopped back on the motorcycle and drove across the Xom Bong Bridge to the Po Nagar Cham Towers or Thap Ba.  This temple complex and former meditation hall are built to honor the Hindu goddess Po-negar by Mahayana Buddhists.  From the main entrance a few stairs take you up to the former mandapa (meditation hall) to the towers.  Each building holds a small altar and many people come to pray and Buddhists place offerings before Po-negar’s image and the linga (meaning “mark” or “sign” is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples) in the smaller towers.

One of the towers in the Thap Ba complex.

On our ride back into the heart of Nha Thrang we passed the Pasteur Institute that houses the Yersin Museum.  Alexandre Yersin is a French doctor that discovered the black plague bacillus.  We didn’t stop, but may be worth a stop if you aren’t on the whirlwind tour.  We also passed the Nha Thrang cathedral, which may be of interest for some as it is a brilliant French Gothic church.  Once we returned our motorcycle we went down to the ocean for dinner before catching our bus out of town.  We found a woman cooking up lobster right on the beach.  We couldn’t resist the array of fresh seafood she had and bargained the price down to just $5 for shrimp, snails, lobster and more.  It was the perfect way to end our Nha Thrang tour.

thinkCHUA enjoying fresh seafood beach side.

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» Andrew Johnson :
Jan 18, 2011

Beautiful pictures!

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