The Chùa Am Các Pagoda Complex

Buddha statue and landscape. A white Buddha looks out across the district of Tĩnh Gia with its new reservoir. On the horizon the China Sea can just be seen Front of the Buddha statue. The statue at the khu Tứ Phủ is one big mass of symbols - he commented provokingly not understanding them himself This is the second of two pages on the Chùa Am Các pagoda complex near the town of Tĩnh Gia in northern Vietnam. The previous page featured the Hạ Pagoda, this page has three other pagodas: Thượng, Trình and khu Tứ Phủ. The map by Chùa Hạ shows their relative positions. Each of these has a feature of interest. For the khu Tứ Phủ it is the 10 metre Buddha that stands in front of the pagoda surveying the whole of Tĩnh Gia District all the way to the sea. For the Chùa Trình it is the multi-armed figure so familiar in Hindu temples, and for the Chùa Thượng the feature is a huge bell that hangs beside the tiny temple. Translating from Vietnamese the word pagoda is used for Buddhist institutions, while temple is reserved for secular buildings - usually dedicated to famous people. Roof top with two dragons. Dragons loup along the roof ridge of the khu Tứ Phủ View from the khu Tu Phu entrance. From the entrance porch of the khu Tứ Phủ this is the panorama, across Tĩnh Gia District, that greets the eye Looking into the pagoda from aside door. Looking into the khu Tứ Phủ Doorway view of statue. Looking out from the central door Main altar of the pagoda. Looking in at the central altar Front varanda of the khu Tu Phu. The front veranda of the khu Tứ Phủ Main area inside the khu Tu Phu. Main area inside the khu Tứ Phủ Left-hand altar. The left-hand altar Right-hand altar. The right-hand altar The khu Tu Phu Pagoda. The khu Tứ Phủ Pagoda Statue with donations safe beside it. The statue with its incense sticks, small attendants, and safe for donations Track-side flowers. The tracks between the pagodas are less grazed and flowers can florish The track to the khu Tu Phu in a bad state of repair. The track to the khu Tứ Phủ - despite the heat visitors need to walk! The bell with the tiny pagoda beyond. The Chua Thuong and the bell. The diminutive Thượng Pagoda and, on the hill above, its bell which is nearly 3 metres in height.
Below, looking into the pagoda at the altar.
Looking into the Chua Thuong. S-shaped roof beam. The somewhat playful roof beams of... The Chua Thinh.

...the Thình Pagoda, which also has...
Ventilation panel over the door. ...these ornamental ventilation panels Side view of the 24 arm Buddha. A side view of the Buddha, but its not easy to count the arms from any angle - probably 24. The main altar of the Trinh Pagoda. The main altar of the Thình Pagoda and its multi-armed sitting Buddha The many armed Buddha from the left. This style is one often seen in Hindu Temples where the arms can be an expression of motion The many armed Buddha from the right. In other statues the hands may hold items of significance, although here they are empty View inside the Chua Tring of the three altars. The three altars in the Chùa Trình The left guardian altar. The left guardian altar The right gauardian altar. The right guardian altar Front view of the pagoda. Duyên about to fly off over Tĩnh Gia. A viewpoint near the pagodas and an excuse to take you to the next page which is about birds on the cliffs of Látrabjarg in north-west Iceland Trailers... Buddha at the Cac Am Pagoda. The next page, in the Picture Posting Section, is about birds that inhabit the cliffs at Látrabjarg, in the far north-west tip of Iceland. Buffalos on bridge at sunset. The next page, in the Mosaic Section, is entitled:- 'Parting Day'.
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Saturday 16th February 2019 Murphy on duty

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