The Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most important of Hué attractions. It is a Buddhist temple and a cultural icon . This historic temples to be found in the city of Hué and is the tallest religious building in Vietnam. It is built in the classic style having seven storeys. Thien Mu Pagoda is the subject of many folk tales rhymes about Hué, such is its importance and association with the city. It is in fact regarded as the unofficial symbol of this former imperial capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Huê is one of the most fascinating places in Vietnam. It is literally surrounded by places of significant historical interest. It is a major tourist location due to this. The Thien Mu Pagoda is merely one of dozens on interesting buildings in the region.
It stands on top of a hill called Ha Khe and is less than 2 miles from the Citadel of Ancient Monuments. It was constructed in 1601 by the Nguyen Lord called Nguyen Hoang. In 1710, the ruling Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu funded the casting of a giant bell. The bell weighs over 3180 Kg (7000lbs) and was regarded as one of the most important cultural relics of its day in Vietnam. It is said to be audible 6 miles away and is the subject of many poems and folk songs. One famous song is said to have been written by Emperor Thieu Tri of the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled in the mid 19th century.
The Thien Mu Pagoda is home to the Austin motor vehicle in which the famous monk, Thich Quang Duc was driven to his self-immolation in Saigon in 1963. He was the first of several protesting against the Diem regime. These acts brought the plight of Buddhists to the attention of the world. This is undoubtedly an important addition to Hué attractions.