Nom pagoda in Dai Dong commune, Hung Yen province, embodies the charm of Vietnamese culture. Located only thirty kilometers from Hanoi, the pagoda is a popular destination for pilgrims around Vietnam.
Nôm pagoda was once a small temple nestled in a centuries-old pine forest. It underwent a major renovation in the 17th century to acquire the majestic look we see today.
The pagoda adopted the typical architecture of ancient pagodas in the Red River Delta. It has a triple-entry door and perfectly combines art, nature, and the inspiration of man. Just behind the main gate are two facing towers that enclose a giant drum and a large bell.
An arched stone bridge leads to a pavilion dedicated to Guan Yin, the compassionate goddess, dressed all in white of Buddhist culture. The pavilion sits like a huge lotus, the sacred emblem of Guan Yin, on a pond filled with water lilies and lotus flowers. Two nine-level copper lotus towers stand a few steps from the pavilion, opposite the bridge.
The soul of the Nôm pagoda resides in its ancient secular relics. A copper bell, transverse paintings, and hundreds of earthen statues are the pride of the Nom villagers. Trần Đình Văn, a villager, said: “Our pagoda is unique. It has kept intact its collection of 128 earthen statues dating back to the 15th century. The sanctuary dedicated to the three precious entities of Buddhism has also kept its original architecture. “
Behind the houses of worship is a garden of laterite stupas preserved intact despite the passage of time. Most Venerable Thích Hồng Huệ, head of the pagoda, said: “Our priority is to preserve the architectural and cultural beauty of the pagoda. It has undergone several renovations but its original charm has been carefully preserved throughout history. “
Every year, the Nôm Pagoda welcomes thousands of pilgrims and tourists who want to explore the pagoda and nearby attractions like Nom village, Nom market, and the Tam Giang communal house.