Cu Lao Cham is one of the famous tourist destinations of Quang Nam, but when you arrive on this island, you must definitely visit Hai Tang Pagoda , an ancient temple very sacred, a religious place. spirit of the islanders come to worship, Buddha’s wishes for peace and prosperity.
To get to Hai Tang pagoda in Cu Lao Cham , you have to take the train from Cua Dai pier, located about 15km from Cua Dai beach, so if you run the train, it will take about 1 and a half hours to come and canoe, you just need to go About half an hour arrived. The boat will dock at Bai Lang, you just need to go along the small but slightly winding road to reach Com village, about 300 meters from the pier, the pagoda appears with a taciturn feature in the beautiful island.
The pagoda was built in 1758 in the 19th Canh Hung year, located in the North of Cu Lao Island but then in 1848, it had to be relocated to a place 200m away due to the devastating floods that year. masonry. This relocation site is said to be a suitable place for feng shui, which is ideal for the Buddha to dwell as well as more convenient for people in the region to burn incense, worship, holy ceremony, and Buddhist vows. The history of Hai Tibet pagoda is also told that, in the 17th century, there was a boat carrying wooden pillars made from the North moved into the South to consume, when going to Cu Lao Cham, it was dark so they stopped. back to the island to rest. When it was morning, the group of people continued their journey, the sea naturally got big and big waves, if they kept going it would be very dangerous so they had to stay on the island.
Seeing that the sea was constantly raging, some people in the group climbed up to a temple to pray, pray for the calm sea to continue the trip, then the local deities said that if they wanted to be calm, they needed to Use these wooden pillars to build the pagoda right here, so we hope to leave the island. The pagoda was erected from there and took the name Hai Hai, the sea is the sea, the Tripitaka is the classic Tripitaka, the name with the meaning of the pagoda is the place where the Tripitaka converges immense and rich as the sea.
If you visit the tour type, you will surely hear about the legend as well as the explanation of Hai Tibet pagoda in the most detailed and complete way. Right outside is a three-door pagoda tinged with moss over time, built in the old architectural style with four 5m high pillars, a gate length of 6m, on the top of the pillar is a lotus-shaped block with a width. 1.5m. As a three-gate gate, there will certainly be three entrances with two small gates on the sides and the entrance in the middle gate is large in the form of a dome, with a yin-yang tile roof on the top, the ridge of the roof is covered with lines. The winding is very flexible and soft. Opposite the three-door gate you will see a 3-meter-high statue of the Bodhisattva appearing right in front of your eyes on a lotus in the middle of a lotus lake. The statue faces the sea as if it meant to protect the people living here a peaceful, warm and happy life. If you look from the sea, you will see the white statues that stand out from the mountains, fields, clouds of blue sky, leaning against the cliffs, facing the sea as if you understand the hardship and hardship of the residents. in a remote island.
Going inside you will observe the main house fold built with a system of “fake husband’s stack” with 3 compartments. Inside the main hall, in the nave are three statues of the Three Buddhas, Tam Thanh Quan Cong, Chau Xuong and Luu Binh worshiped on the right side (overlooking the pagoda) and on the left, worshiping Jizō Ksitigarbha. . On both sides of the sanctuary are worshiping the dharmapala, the dragon god and the inscription with Chinese characters. If you go around the back of the temple, you will also find the altar of Dat Dat’s Grand Master with a letter and a half-sitting posture. The majestic and red couplets designed inside bring an extra solemnity to the temple. All the statues inside the main hall are made of wood material, not made of bronze and gold like today, painted in gold gilded, dating back to the time when the temple was built up to 260 years ago. . A time so long that until now Hai Tibet Cu Lao Cham pagoda still exists with time, witnessing all the changes of land and sky. Especially, we have to mention the great common persimmon fruit with the sculpture of “Song long duong duong”, carved with the dragon on the bell, but the dragon’s foot has only 4 fingers, has scales, curved shape, flexible dragon head and beard The long, detailed depictions of the bells can show the style of the early Le dynasty, ie the bells existed before the pagoda was built.
When visiting the temple, you will not see any abbot but only a couple of the same age daily to look after, incense for the temple. The temple retains almost completely architectural, artistic structure despite having spent more than 2 centuries, is the main spiritual focus of the island people, this place has become a symbol of Cu Lao island, enters the subconscious of the people here a place to pray for peace, pray for good rain and wind to do business smoothly.
If you have the opportunity to visit Cu Lao Cham to visit, please remember to visit Hai Tang Pagoda which is both to learn more about history, to worship Buddha and to visit the beautiful pagoda in the pristine mountains and nature to be somewhat peaceful. Please!