From the center of Da Lat city, the temple is located at a turnoff on the road towards Tuyen Lam Lake, on Phoenix Hill. It is the only temple in this huge area. This place offers you the peaceful atmosphere of a traditional Zen Buddhism temple. Let’s take a look at this special place of Da Lat city.
Truc Lam temple was built in 1993, and completed in 1994. It was designed by 3 most famous architects of Vie Nam: Vu Xuan Hung, Tran Duc Loc and Ngo Viet Thu. The temple is divided into five different areas: public area, Buddhist monastery, abbot’s place, and two domestic quarters, for monks and nuns separately. There are about 50 monks and 50 nuns living in these quarters. The abbot of Truc Lam Temple is Thích Thanh Từ, a famous monk of Viet Nam.
The spacious public area of Truc Lam Temple is estimated to be 1300m above sea level. From here, you can have a full overlook of Tuyen Lam Lake. The public area consists of a ceremonial hall on the right and guest facilities on the left. In the front of guest facilities, there is a big rose garden which makes Truc Lam more beautiful.
The big statue inside the ceremonial hall of Truc Lam temple is a Gautama Buddha seated on a huge lotus with the height of 2 meters. On the left of Gautama Buddha is Văn Thù Sư Lợi and on the right is Phổ Hiền Bodhisattva. They are famous for their wisdom and dedication. This hall is usually used in the 14th and 29th every lunar month, which is the eve of the full moon and new moon. Buddhists from all over the country always want to visit this place. It is estimated that there are nearly 2000 Buddhists and thousands of tourists gather together here every full moon and new moon. Obviously Truc Lam Temple is very famous and attractive.
Truc Lam Temple’s main spirit is Zen Buddhism, which was started by Emperor Tran Nhan Tong. The spirit is to create inner peace and happiness inside you by learning to calm yourself and empty your mind, which will keep you away from negative thoughts and evil purposes. The guest facilities of Truc Lam Temple welcome thousands of people who come to learn about inner peace and Zen Buddhism.
If you really want a true place for peace in Da Lat, you should come to Truc Lam Temple. We hope you have a great time here with your family and your friends.