Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat

The "junk" pagoda, a cute nickname for the Linh Phuoc Pagoda, lies in Trai Mat, Da Lat city, Lam Dong province. Thanks to its unique and strange architectural design, the pagoda attracts a large number of visitors.
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Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located on Highway 20, near Trai Mat, about 8km from Dalat city. The pagoda is known by many visitors due to its unique architecture. Linh Phuoc also holds the most records among pagodas in Vietnam. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
The pagoda was built in 1949, completed in 1952. So far, it has had five abbots: Thich Minh The (1951 - 1954), Thich An Hoa (1954 - 1956), Thich Quang Phat (1956 - 1959), Thich Minh Duc (1959 - 1985). The last one, Thich Tam Vi has been the pagoda's abbot since 1985. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
In 1990, a major reconstruction was undertaken. At that time, the spacious main hall of 33m long and 22m wide was built. Inside the hall lies a big statue of Buddha Shakyamuni meditating on a lotus. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
On either side of the Buddha statue are Bodhisattva Manjushri and Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Above the two rows of columns decorated with dragons are 12 reliefs introducing Shakyamuni Buddha. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
The pagoda is called "junk pagoda" because it is decorated with thousands of broken crockery, porcelain, ceramic pieces. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
According to the local people, the pagoda was built out of efforts from Buddhists, monks, Hue artisans in 20 years. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
"In order to have enough porcelain pieces to build the pagoda, the monks have to ask for bottles, bowls, dishes from breweries, and from many people living near the pagoda. After collecting them, the monks meticulously cut them into pieces to fit the mosaic, which requires a lot of effort" - a Buddhist recounted. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
In front of the main hall is the 27m high Da Bao tower. On two sides of the tower are floors to place the pagoda's bell and drum. The tower displays different reliefs telling Buddha's tales. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
Underneath the inner hall is a unique architectural work recreating the story of Maudgalyayana who saved his mother from suffering in hell. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
Linh Thap tower was recorded as the tallest bell tower in Vietnam in 2008 by the Vietnam Record Book Center. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
The 36-meter tower consists of 7 floors. Linh Thap was sophisticatedly designed.(Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
The tower has unique and colorful reliefs. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
The famous statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara made of 650,000 strawflowers. The statue is 17m high, weighs 3 tons, made by 30 artisans and 600 Buddhists in 36 days. The statue was certified as a world record by the World Record Union in 2017. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
Besides spiritual reasons, the pagoda attracts visitors for sightseeing and taking photos. (Photo: VOV)
Unique pagoda built from ceramic pieces in Da Lat
In the afternoon, visitors love to come here to enjoy a peaceful Da Lat in a majestic architecture complex. The afternoon sun rays stretch on the roof of the pagoda, touching pieces of porcelain to create a unique scene. (Photo: VOV)
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