The Travel Ninjas Visiting the Happy Buddha in Dalat, Vietnam

5 Reasons to Visit the Big Happy Buddha at Linh An Pagoda

At almost 50 feet tall, the giant Happy Buddha is one of the most iconic landmarks of Dalat, Vietnam. This towering Happy Buddha is sure to lift your spirits and put a smile your face. You can find him at the Linh An Pagoda. Many fall in love with him at first sight, but if you need some prodding, here are 5 reasons to visit the Happy Buddha of Dalat.The Travel Ninjas visiting the Happy Buddah

The Happy Buddha of Dalat is impressive AND cheerful.

The Happy Buddha of Dalat is special because he is a massive monument to Joy. Think about how unique a combination that is. Can you think of any other massive religious monuments dedicated solely to happiness? Probably only a few, if any.

At 50 feet tall and 35 feet wide, this Happy Buddha is undeniably impressive, but he’s not at all imposing. Many other giant Buddha statues (like the Golden Buddha of Dalat) are impressive for their grandeur, gravitas and solemnity. But the Happy Buddha of Dalat has none of that.

His massive dimensions create an atmosphere of exuberant joy. His happiness is contagious. He makes you smile uncontrollably, and you just want to hug the big guy – and rub his belly.

How many other religious monuments can you sat that about?

The Happy Buddha of Dalat is special because he is a massive monument to Joy.Click To TweetThe Travel Ninjas visiting the Happy Buddah on our way to the Elephant Falls

The Happy Buddha of Dalat is close to Elephant Waterfall.

Elephant Waterfall is one of the 4 best waterfalls of Dalat, Vietnam. If Elephant Waterfall is not on your Dalat itinerary, it should be. Elephant Waterfall is the most powerful waterfall around Dalat. It’s a must see, and you can hike a rocky path to get right under the powerful rush.

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The Happy Buddha of Dalat is so close, any visit to Elephant Waterfall would be incomplete without a visit to the giggling giant. The Happy Buddha is only 400 yards west of the falls. You can park at either site and walk to the other.

As we’ll discuss below, there are a couple other interesting attractions nearby or en route to the Happy Buddha, but the proximity to the Elephant Waterfall is enough reason to justify a visit.

You can visit the Happy Buddha of Dalat for FREE.

Like a smile, enjoying the Happy Buddha is completely free. As a side note, this landmark is remarkable free of other tourists. With so many great things to do around Dalat, the giant Happy Buddha is not on the radar of many tourists.

The Travel Ninjas at the Linh Anh Pagoda

The Happy Buddha is part of the Linh An Pagoda.

The Happy Buddha is the star of the show, but Linh An Pagoda has many other beautiful things to see. There is the main temple, a few minor altars, and nicely landscaped grounds.

The Travel Ninjas visiting the 3 Large BuddahsThe main temple is sprawling and serene. The altar features 3 large Buddhas sitting on lotus leaves. They are accompanied by several other ornate adornments, like a jade Buddha on the offerings table.

thetravelninjas-com_happybuddah8The minor altars are much smaller in scope but have lovely and intricate pieces of Buddhist art and Vietnamese wood carvings. The grounds include other Buddhist sculptures and lots of sculpted trees and shrubs.

The Travel Ninjas enjoying the Happy Buddah

The Happy Buddha fits into a nice itinerary.

Add 2 more of our favorite things about Dalat, and you will have a great itinerary for the day. 

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The first stop is the Me Linh Coffee Garden. It is located about halfway between Dalat city and the Buddha. The café is surrounded by a vast coffee plantation and some beautiful scenery. It’s the perfect stop along the route, with delicious coffee and stunning vistas.

The other interesting stop is the Cuong Hoan Traditional Silk Factory. You can see some of Vietnam’s world-famous silk being made, from worms to finished product. The silk factory is only 450 yards to the east of Elephant waterfall.

With the Buddha, Elephant Waterfall, and Silk Factory all within a few hundred yards of each other, you can see them in any order. But the best route is to start with the Silk Factory in the east.

Next, you should head a few minutes west to the Elephant Waterfalls. Then you should go little further west and visit the Happy Buddha. This route is the most logical and the most emotionally enjoyable.

The Travel Ninjas smiling big at the sight of the Happy Buddah

The giant Buddha is a 40-minute drive from Dalat city. As much as we loved it, we admit that the Buddha is not really a destination in itself. This might be why it’s not a popular tourist stop. But when visiting the Elephant Waterfall right next door, seeing the Buddha is no brainer.

If you make a day of it and visit the coffee plantation and silk factory as well, the Happy Buddha of Dalat becomes an unmissable landmark and a memorable highlight of your trip.

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58 Comments
  • farmfitliving
    Posted at 22:34h, 30 November

    I just love happy Buddha. And that waterfall. Looks like you visited a wonderful place.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:41h, 30 November

    Hi. Yes, Happy Buddha was SO cool and we found him by accident which was a nice surprise. The waterfall was definitely amazing!

  • Amber
    Posted at 23:34h, 30 November

    How fun! I’d love to see this Buddah. That silk factory would be neat to check out too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:45h, 30 November

    Hi Amber. It was definitely a fun time. The silk factory was quite interesting! I had never seen the process and how much hard work it takes. The Happy Buddha will surely put a smile on your face. ?

  • MyMagicalTrunk
    Posted at 01:34h, 01 December

    Loved your captures. If i ever visit vietnam i am definitely visiting Happy buddha and that elephant waterfall is so serene.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:42h, 01 December

    Hi. Thanks for the compliment. 🙂 Yes, they are a must if you ever visit Vietnam (specifically Da Lat). There is SO much to see. You will love it! ?

  • Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer
    Posted at 06:47h, 01 December

    I would love to visit the Cuong Hoan Traditional Silk Factory and maybe purchase something as a souvenir. I like the fact that visiting this place is free and it looks clean.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:50h, 01 December

    Hi Iza. Oh, you would love the Cuong Hoan Traditional Silk Factory. Their silk items are gorgeous! Yes, it’s free which is awesome!

  • Ellie Chan
    Posted at 21:58h, 01 December

    I always used to enjoy seeing the Buddha statues around Asia. I love how joyful this one is! Incredible photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:00h, 01 December

    Hello Ellie. We really enjoyed him too. It’s just a statue but it was fun to see.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    Posted at 22:03h, 01 December

    Oh my gosh, my mom would love to visit here. She has little statues of Buddha all around our home. (Not as happy as this one, of course. Or as large!)

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:05h, 01 December

    Hello Divya. We’re sure your mom would love it too. We really did.

  • Jill Wiley
    Posted at 22:10h, 01 December

    Oh my gosh! I would love to see that Happy Buddha in person! It definitely makes you SMILE!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:20h, 01 December

    Hello Jill. We hope you do get a chance to see him in person.

  • Blair Villanueva
    Posted at 22:50h, 01 December

    I think anyone who is contemplating with life should visit Happy Buddha. Just looking at his cute chubby face (not to mention his proud chubby tummy) will give you instant smile and ease you heavy feelings. Happy Buddha seems giving hope not only joy to everyone.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:55h, 01 December

    Hello Blair. Good point being happy makes us feel more hopeful.

  • Lennae Stubbs
    Posted at 23:54h, 01 December

    Awwwww who wouldn’t want to visit the big happy Buddha, he’s just sooooo Happy! Oh and that waterfall looks like a lovely place to visit too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:56h, 01 December

    Hello Lennae. We think just about everyone would enjoy a visit to the Happy Buddha. And the Elephant falls close by are awesome.

  • Ana Ojha
    Posted at 01:16h, 02 December

    I’d definitely love to visit Happy Buddha and that waterfall looks breathtaking!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:24h, 02 December

    Hello Ana. We hope you get a chance to visit someday.

  • Sherri King
    Posted at 10:12h, 02 December

    I’ve heard Vietnam is great to visit. When I first saw your post and the Happy Buddha, just seeing the smile made me grin. I like your suggestion of including this into a visit to the waterfall, coffee garden, silk factory, and so much more!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:15h, 02 December

    Hello Sherri. Yes, Vietnam is awesome! This Happy Buddha will definitely put a smile on your face and then you can go enjoy the rest with a HUGE smile! 🙂

  • Sasha
    Posted at 10:16h, 02 December

    After reading this post i am wondering why Dalat never made it on my itinerary in Vietnam. I love waterfalls and a happy Buddha statue would be a fun little thing to see.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:27h, 02 December

    Hello Sasha. Dalat has so many great sights and activities that you can’t do them all in a normal visit. Maybe next time.

  • Debbie J.
    Posted at 11:53h, 02 December

    Visiting this Happy Buddha sounds like an adventure. I’ve already found myself smiling just looking at the image.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:55h, 02 December

    Hello Debbie. Yeah he had the same effect on us. The artist worked some magic to make such a large figure be so inviting.

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 13:38h, 02 December

    I would love to see happy Buddah! And that silk factory sounds interesting!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:40h, 02 December

    Hello Jasmine. The silk factory was cool. Silk starts out so ugly and ends up so beautiful.

  • Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth
    Posted at 16:40h, 02 December

    Ah! I must’ve missed Happy Buddha when i visited Dalat years ago.. I like how you’ve made a little itinerary including other sights as well so that’ll definitely make it worth the 40min drive there.

    Just looking at the photos of Happy Buddha makes me so happy hahah, nice one 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:45h, 02 December

    Hello Caroline. Glad the photos gave you a smile. Seeing him in person will make you feel even more joyful! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. We try to share the info we wish we had before visiting.

  • Katie
    Posted at 18:01h, 02 December

    This place looks fantastic! I love Vietnam but didn’t manage to get to Dalat on our last trip here! The Happy Buddha looks incredible!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:05h, 02 December

    Hello Katie. Vietnam is awesome. We love it here. Maybe you can visit Dalat next time through.

  • Vishal Vashisht
    Posted at 23:37h, 02 December

    I think Little Buddha is a spiritually blessed place. That’s another reason, I wish to visit there 1 day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:59h, 02 December

    Hello Vishal. It’s a great place to visit, very uplifting. We hope you get a chance to see the Happy Buddha some day.

  • Prerna_Malhan
    Posted at 05:29h, 03 December

    Veitnam is definitely on my visit list and after reading this blog, Buddha at pagoda has also made it to the list. LOvely blog!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:30h, 03 December

    Hi Prenrna. There is SO much to do in Vietnam. You will absolutely love it. 🙂

  • Amrita
    Posted at 08:42h, 04 December

    This sounds like the perfect plan for the day.
    Coffee plantation, silk factory ,waterfall and the happy Buddha.
    Sounds perfect.The place looks very happy

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:52h, 04 December

    Hi Amrita. Oh yes, it was the perfect day indeed. We took in quite a variety of experiences and saw lots of the beauty that nature had to offer.

  • Noemi of Pinay Flying High
    Posted at 12:44h, 04 December

    Whenever I see a buddha statue, it always makes me feel calm and peaceful. It’s all in the eyes and the serene smile. This one is definitely different, it automatically made me smile. And such a cool place to visit for free. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:56h, 04 December

    Hi Noemi. Great observation! Yes, the Happy Buddha definitely stood out and made us chuckle. He looked so full of joy and that was quite contagious. 🙂

  • Jean
    Posted at 16:15h, 04 December

    An elephant waterfall, a smiling Buddha and the potential for amazing Vietnamese food? I’m there! Added this to the list of places to see when we return to VietNam

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:36h, 04 December

    Hi Jean. Yes, Dalat is definitely the city to visit when you return to Vietnam. It is so beautiful that a large number of Vietnamese people throughout Vietnam choose to go to Dalat for their Honeymoon.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 17:52h, 04 December

    I love the Happy Buddha! What a great smile! Looks like there is lots to see in Dalat. I shall have to go!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:10h, 04 December

    Hi Doreen. Happy Buddha is so full of joy and it tends to spread to those in His presence. 🙂 There is quite a bit to do in Dalat . Hope you get to visit someday soon.

  • Chris
    Posted at 21:03h, 04 December

    I’m not even remotely religious, but when it comes to faiths, Buddhism does indeed seem a lot more enjoyable than others (who can’t help but love a jolly large man).

    I recall Vietnam revealed to us another quirky faith in the form of the Cao Dao which were another colourful and interesting bunch indeed 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:15h, 04 December

    Hi Chris. The Big Happy Buddha will put a smile on your face no matter the religion. 🙂 We really like how the Cao Dao are very tolerant and seek to promote tolerance.

  • Mar Pages
    Posted at 03:51h, 05 December

    Those pictures made my day. Instant smiles and happy thoughts. So, did you actually get to rub his tummy? Must bring a whole bunch of good luck.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:56h, 05 December

    Hi Mar. Isn’t He AWESOME! We fell in love with his smile. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to rub his tummy because it was too high. ? I guess I needed some luck in order to reach. Haha. He definitely made our day though. ?

  • Skye
    Posted at 17:18h, 05 December

    I’m sad we missed this while in Vietnam. He is such a happy chappy and I love the jade colour. Great tips on incorporating a visit to see him into an itinerary.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:33h, 05 December

    Hello Skye. Thank you. We try to share the things we wish we’d known. He is so happy and makes you feel cheerful.

  • neha
    Posted at 04:10h, 06 December

    This buddha seems to be really really happy! I would love to pay a visit to him. My daughter would love it too

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:34h, 06 December

    Hello Neha. He really brightens the whole area with cheerfulness. Hope you and your daughter get to see him.

  • Ami
    Posted at 22:03h, 08 December

    The Happy Buddha does get you to smile 🙂 Even from the pictures. I can imagine how cheerful it must be there. And yes, the waterfall is amazing too. Thanks for sharing this and making my day today.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:05h, 08 December

    Hi Ami. The Happy Buddha really filled our day with joy and was definitely a nice surprise. We’re glad it made your day! 🙂

  • Vyjay
    Posted at 00:43h, 09 December

    The happy Buddha is surely spreading the cheer. The statue is magnificent and a great tribute for the spread of happiness. Loved it and the waterfall as well. A great setting for the Happy Buddha, no wonder that he is so happy.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:45h, 09 December

    Hi Vyjay. LOL. You’ve got a great point. Who wouldn’t be happy with such beautiful surroundings? 🙂

  • Sreeram Hariharan
    Posted at 17:17h, 15 December

    I regret that I could not visit Dalat. Such an impressive place. Love the Elephant falls.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:22h, 15 December

    Hello Sreeram. Dalat is a great place to visit if you get the chance.