Lady Buddha, Phap Lam Pagoda – Da Nang, Vietnam – Located in central Vietnam, Da Nang is known for their beaches and is one of the 3 largest cities. Lady Buddha (aka the Goddess of Mercy) is one of the three landmarks you must visit if you are in the area. Most hotels offer tours which would take you to numerous sites for great prices. 😉
The beautiful Phap Lam Pagoda is rated as #1 site to visit by TripAdvisor.com. The garden was beautiful, and it’s hard not to fall in love with their bonsai tree collection.
#1 site to visit by TripAdvisor.com
Before the Lady Buddha was first built. Ever year, hurricanes devasted the city of Da Nang with heavy rainfalls and winds. So much so that it created mini tsunamis and have caused heavy water damaged to the majority of the city front. After Lady Buddha was built, it was like she created a barricade along the coast. When the hurricane season was around the corner, no water damage was done to the city ever again. No wonder the locals give so much praise to this Beautiful Lady Buddha, Phap Lam Pagoda.
I’m Vietnamese-born Canadian. My family originated from South of Vietnam (Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh) and I would like to think I could understand Vietnamese quite well. Oh boy, once we were off the plane at Da Nang International Airport, I was shocked (and find it very amusing) that I couldn’t understand anything. I was only able to pick out a few words, but not a full blown conversation. I had to ask the locals to repeat themselves and let me tell you, they don’t like it. Haha. The reason why it was hard to understand, was because of the mixture of northern and southern accents. I grew up speaking Vietnamese with a southern accent, so if I were to visit Hanoi (North), I will guarantee I would have a hard time understanding everyone with their thick accent.
For those who don’t know about the Vietnamese language; The southern accent is different from Northen. For example, the difference between Canadian versus British accents. Sounds the same, but some vocabulary is used differently. I hope that makes sense.