The Hạ Pagoda at Chùa Am Các

The Ha Pagoda. The Chùa Hạ (Hạ Pagoda) is the principle among the group of pagodas that form the Chùa Am Các on a hilltop in Tĩnh Gia District Map of pagodas. In front of the Chùa Hạ is this map of the site, rather necessary as the roads between the pagodas are, in places, bare hardly identifiable tracks. The Hạ pagoda is dead centre of the map On the top of a hill near the town of Tĩnh Gia are a number of buildings known collectively as Chùa Am Các - this is probably best translated as the Pagodas of the Hermits. The hill is a couple of thousand feet above the surrounding country with splendid views across to the sea. The two mile ascent from the new large reservoir below is taxing, in the heat, for both humans and vehicles. This is the first of two pages on these buildings. The central building is the Chùa Hạ (Hạ Pagoda) and is the subject of this page. The next page has pictures of the other three pagodas on the site. While the site is very ancient, the actual buildings and artefacts within them are modern. Flowers by roadside. Wayside flowers on the road up to the pagodas Reservoir below the hill with the pagodas. The little knoll on the centre of the skyline is the area of the pagodas, and from where the next shot was taken The reservoir and bridge from the hill. And that last picture was taken from the bridge you can see in the view above View from near the hilltop of the country stretching down to the sea and the town of Tinh Gia. A view from near the pagodas with Tĩnh Gia town to the right, and beyond it the hotels on the beach.
The sea is about 10 kilometres away. This was taken two years before the other picture
and before the bridge was finished. (The well positioned motorbike with its
be-hatted woman was a happy accident only noticed on reviewing the image)
Road passing between two boulders. Rocks, either natural and adorned, or assembles, play an important... Three standing stones. ...part in the landscaping of areas around Buddhist centres... Paired stacked boulders as gate marker. ...these examples are on the road leading up to the pagodas Area in front of Ha pagoda. The area in front of the main Hạ Pagoda provides an open space with the opportunity for the sale of... Altar at the entrance to the pagoda. and incense which is then placed by visitors on this altar at the entrance to the pagoda Main altar. This is the main altar in the centre of the building with its two Buddhas on raised plinths surrounded by offerings of flowers and fruit Looking through doorway into pagoda. Looking in through the right-hand door, the main altar is just to the left of the vertical Chinese banner; the right side altar is ahead Left corner guardian. The left corner's guardian and altar Main altar detail. The Buddhas on the central altar Right corner guardian. The right corner's guardian Looking to the right inside the main room. Looking from the left-hand end towards the right - the main altar is at the left where the blue and then the red carpets point Looking to the left inside the main room. Looking from the right-hand end towards the left - the main altar is at the right where the blue carpet points Right end-wall altar. Three side altars. Right end wall Right side altar. On the right side Left end-wall altar. On the left end wall Large bronze bell. A large bronze bell hangs from a tree 50 metres from the pagoda Altar at the front of the building. The outside altar Excavations beside the pagoda. An excavation of older buildings is in progress Front view of the pagoda. The Chùa Họ Trailers... Buddha at the khu Tu Phu. The next page of the Picture Posting Section:- A second page on the Am Các Pagoda complex near the town of Tĩnh Gia. Mile post saying '0' kilometres. The next page in the Mosaic Section is entitled:- 'Signposts'.
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Saturday 2nd February 2019 Murphy on duty

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