Linh Phuoc Pagoda in Da Lat, Vietnam also known as Dalat

Linh Phuoc Pagoda – Monks, Artists & 12,000 Bottles of Beer!

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is one of the most unique temples in Vietnam. It’s a wonderful and wacky place that you’ll brag about visiting for years.

Why Visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda?

Linh Phuoc Pagoda in Da Lat, Vietnam

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located near Dalat city in central Vietnam. Unlike many great Vietnamese attractions, there is no entrance fee and no charge for any activity here. You should visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda because it blends wonderful and wacky elements into a truly Vietnamese, cultural experience.

Some parts will amaze and inspire. Others will make you cringe or chuckle. Together, they’ll give you an experience of the “real Vietnam,” with its trademark contradictions.

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Massive Mosaics Cover the Temples and Towers at the Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Massive Mosaics Cover the Temples and Towers

On the wonderful side, Linh Phuoc Pagoda is a gorgeous temple complex with several large altars, a huge tower, and many other record-setting features. Linh Phuoc hosts some truly amazing and inspirational works of Buddhist art.

Almost the entire complex is covered in the most intricate and beautiful mosaics in all of Vietnam.

Haunted House, Wax Museum, and Wacky Art at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Dalat, Vietnam

Haunted House, Wax Museum, and Wacky Art

On the wacky side, the temple complex has an over-the-top style that can be grandiose, gaudy, and garish. The monks that run Linh Phuoc are obsessed with having the “biggest” or “best” this or that.

There’s also a creepy wax museum commemorating dead monks and a cheesy haunted house, right inside the temple where people worship. Odd, right?

Wacky and Wonderful

We think of Linh Phuoc Pagoda as a nice microcosm of Vietnamese culture and its many interesting contradictions. Like Vietnam in general, Linh Phuoc’s “wonderful side” and the “wacky side” are actually one inseparable whole. The blend is pleasantly surreal.

Also like Vietnam in general, Linh Phuoc Pagoda can be inspirationally beautiful AND unabashedly kitschy. It can be seriously spiritual AND frivolously silly. It can amaze you with its genius and puzzle you with its inanity.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is a great place to experience this microcosm of Vietnamese culture because the wonderful parts are spectacular and the wacky parts are all in good fun.

Highlights of Linh Phuoc Temple Complex

Massive Dragon Sculpture

Glass Dragon Made of 12,000 Beer Bottles at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Da Lat, Vietnam

Glass Dragon Made of 12,000 Beer Bottles

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is commonly called the Dragon Pagoda because it has a huge, 161 ft. (49m) long dragon sculpture that winds around the temple complex and gardens. Buddhists revere dragons. They symbolize power, prosperity, and life force.

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Linh Phuoc’s dragon is a wonderful and impressive sculpture, but they couldn’t help adding a touch of wacky. A vast mosaic of broken glass covers the dragon. Of all possible materials, what do you think the monks chose to decorate the dragon? Beer bottles!

Over 12,000 beer bottles adorn the symbolic dragon. Wonder how they emptied all those bottles?

Mosaics Everywhere

Linh Phuoc’s Amazing Mosaics are Everywhere at the Linh Phuoc’s Amazing Mosaics are Everywhere in Da Lat, Vietnam

Linh Phuoc’s Amazing Mosaics are Everywhere

Linh Phuoc Pagoda has some awesome mosaic work that blew us away. The scale of the mosaics was immense, covering huge areas inside and outside the different structures. The beauty was clear from afar, but when we saw the painstaking detail up close, we were doubly astonished.

The dedication, skill and artistic vision required were staggering to imagine. The monks had to break old glasses and dishes into a billion pieces, make them relatively uniform, and then form intricate designs covering big 3D spaces.

Quan Am Hall

Quan Am, Bodhisattva of Compassion at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA

Quan Am, Bodhisattva of Compassion

The largest temple and altar are devoted to Quan Am, the. This is one of the tallest indoor statues we’ve seen in Vietnam. It towers above at nearly 40 ft. (12m). The elaborate mosaic decorations are overwhelming. They cover ceilings, pillars, rails, and just about everywhere else.

Hundreds of Golden Quan Ams and 7 Jade Buddhas at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Dalat, Vietnam

Hundreds of Golden Quan Ams and 7 Jade Buddhas

Notice the hundreds of golden Quan Am statues that fill the 4 levels of the temple. They’re smaller that main statue, but each of these is 7 ft. (2.2) tall. The 7 Jade Buddhas in front of Quan Am were also delicate and lovely.

Da Bao Tower

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The Da Bao Tower stands 36 meters tall and houses the largest bell in Vietnam. Unlike many pagoda towers, you can climb the 7 stories of this tower.

Mosaics Lined Tower Stairway at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Da Lat, Vietnam

Mosaics Lined Tower Stairway

On the way up, we were treated to more stunning mosaics.

Ring the Biggest Bell in Vietnam at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Da Lat, Vietnam

Ring the Biggest Bell in Vietnam

Da Bao tower also offers the unique experience of actually ringing the massive bell. The bell is 14 ft (4.3m) tall and weighs 18,800 lbs (8500kg)! It was crafted by 3 generations of carvers and forgers. It’s one of the most prized possessions of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, but they share the bell with all.

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The bell is so big, we had had to swing a log to ring it, but the resonant sound was thrilling. We could feel the waves vibrate through our bodies. A simple pleasure, but very fun.

Sakyamuni Buddha Temple

Sakyamuni Buddha Temple at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Dalat, Vietnam

Sakyamuni Buddha Temple

This temple is considered the main hall, although the Quan Am hall is larger and more impressive. Another wacky quirk, we guess.

Flower Buddha

Lady Buddha Made of 650,000 Flowers at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Dalat, Vietnam

Lady Buddha Made of 650,000 Flowers

Dalat is known as the garden of Vietnam and is famous for it beautiful flowers. This Lady Buddha is made from approximately 650,000 of those flowers. She’s an amazing 66 ft (20m) tall.

Wax Museum and Haunted House

Lifelike Wax Monks at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Da Lat, Vietnam

Lifelike Wax Monks

These monks were so lifelike it was creepy.

Cheesy Haunted House at the LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Dalat, Vietnam

Cheesy Haunted House

The haunted house depicts 18 levels of hell. It supposedly serves a spiritual teaching purpose, but it really seems like a joke. The rest of Linh Phuoc Pagoda shows so much artistic sophistication and skill. The haunted house was cheesy and downright amateurish – more wackiness.

How Much Time at Linh Phuoc Pagoda?

We recommend at least a 1-hour visit. We spent about 3 hours exploring Linh Phuoc Pagoda. There are so many little side rooms and levels. We were captivated by all the intricate details of the mosaics. We took our time enjoying the view from the bell tower. And took countless photos.

How to Get to Linh Phuoc Pagoda?

It’s only 4.5 miles (7.5 km) from Dalat city center. The short taxi ride should only cost about 100,000 – 120,000 VND ($4-6USD).

LINH PHUOC PAGODA in Da Lat, Vietnam

Another option is taking the quaint train from the “Old Railway Station” in Dalat. A one-way ticket for the vintage train is 106,000 VND ($4.75 USD). This vintage train runs from Dalat center to the Trai Mat neighborhood where Linh Phuoc is located. This old train station in Dalat is a main attraction that you’re likely to visit anyway.

Why not combine attractions by seeing the Dalat station, taking the train to Trai Mat, visiting Linh Phuoc Pagoda, and then take a taxi back to town?

Make sure to check out our Dalat Travel Guide.

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66 Comments
  • Chris
    Posted at 00:20h, 02 February

    LOL, it was so many years ago that we visited, I had completely forgotten about this place!

    I recall I was particularly excited when I found colourful statues of all the key figures from Monkey Magic!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:22h, 02 February

    Hi Chris. It does have lots of whimsical statues and decorations. It’s a trippy place.

  • robin masshole mommy
    Posted at 05:33h, 02 February

    That is one of the coolest things I have seen in a really long time. What a gorgeous pagoda.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:44h, 02 February

    Hey Robin. It is a unique place, not your typical temple, but it is gorgeous for sure.

  • Maggie Reimherr
    Posted at 07:14h, 02 February

    Thank you so much for this guide! Looks like an amazing place to visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:22h, 02 February

    Hi Maggie. You’re welcome. Glad you liked it.

  • Sara
    Posted at 07:28h, 02 February

    Amazing pics! You gave me some good ideas to plan my next trip! thank you so much 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:33h, 02 February

    Hello Sara. Thanks for your nice words. Glad to know it was helpful.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 07:52h, 02 February

    This is very different than any other temple I’ve seen. Even in Vietnam. Its so colorful and fun looking.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:03h, 02 February

    Hi Stacey. You’re right. We found it to be very unique too.

  • Marcella
    Posted at 08:08h, 02 February

    I liked this post very much, the place looks so cool and colorful that cheers you up immediately. The prices of hotels are very affordable, great post.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 02 February

    Hey Marcella. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is very colorful and fun. And the hotel prices in Vietnam are famously affordable.

  • Natasha Short
    Posted at 08:25h, 02 February

    Absolutely breathtaking! The art is so amazing and detailed! Vietnam is a place I can not wait to visit! I love that you included the price search! So affordable!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:26h, 02 February

    Hey Natasha. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is amazing, especially the mosaics.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 08:29h, 02 February

    This definitely looks like an interesting place to explore. I especially like that there seems to be something for everyone, and that there’s such a variation of things to see.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:34h, 02 February

    Hi Brandi. You’re right. Dalat does appeal to almost everyone.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 08:39h, 02 February

    Everything is just so neat to look at. I love all the different buildings.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 02 February

    Hi Amber. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is very neat with lots of cool buildings.

  • Larry Shaw
    Posted at 09:46h, 02 February

    I’ve never been here, or even heard of it, but wow, what great architecture and history!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:00h, 02 February

    Hi Larry. If you’re in Dalat, it’s a top place to see in our opinion. Taking the train there or back makes it extra special.

  • Stephanie | thefantasia.com
    Posted at 10:06h, 02 February

    What a stunning structure, history and ambiance!! There is so much I want to see more of in Asia and am looking forward to getting to know in the next few years!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:11h, 02 February

    Hi Stephenie. Great to hear. Enjoy your journey through Asia.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:10h, 02 February

    The Temple pics always gets me. always.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 02 February

    Hey Ashley. We love temples too.

  • stacey
    Posted at 14:09h, 02 February

    Gorgeous shots you have. Seeing them in your blog feels like I am there too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:15h, 02 February

    Hi Stacey. Thanks. Glad to know you enjoyed the post.

  • Krysten
    Posted at 14:38h, 02 February

    I have never been to Vietnam, I don’t think it was ever on my list. But now it is. I love historical temples and towers like these, so I would love to visit them. Especially the first one because it looks so interesting and somewhat cartoon-y in sections. Your photos are wonderful!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:44h, 02 February

    Hi Krysten. Good to know. There are lots of even better sites in Vietnam like Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, the Mekong Delta, and more. But this is one of them out unique temples we’ve seen in more than 1 year traveling in Vietnam.

  • Emma
    Posted at 16:07h, 02 February

    LINH PHUOC PAGODA is definitely wacky – that’s the perfect word for it. A cow with horns and a six pack and a devils pitchfork? Whats that all about. On the other hand the mosaics are beautiful and it looks like a really interesting place to visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:11h, 02 February

    Hi Emma. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is mix of the serious and the frivolous, the artistic and the cheesy. I don’t know what it all means except that it’s very human and as wacky as any of us as individuals.

  • Brittany
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 February

    Oh my goodness this is awesome! I’ve never heard of this place and it looks incredibly overwhelming but also spectacular! Great post! I have to go there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:11h, 02 February

    Hi Brittany. Thanks so much. It’s is a great place to visit. One of the unique places that make travel so fun.

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
    Posted at 20:08h, 02 February

    Wow I can’t believe the glass dragon is made of glass bottles! I wish I could see a photo of it close up to see what it looks like. I love the look of the pagodas too – the intricate designs and carvings are absolutely gorgeous.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:20h, 02 February

    Hi Diana. The glass dragon is really big and hard to get in one photo because it also winds around the courtyard. Even with a drone its hard to get in one photo. You have to see it in person for sure.

  • Ance
    Posted at 21:08h, 02 February

    These are amazing pictures, breathtaking! Very Interesting place to visit I like the architecture and colors!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 02 February

    Hi Ance. Thanks for the compliment. Glad you liked the post.

  • ADAM DOOLITTLE
    Posted at 21:27h, 02 February

    All of these spots look stunning. The colours are so vibrant and the attention to detail is wonderful. Linh Phuoc Pagoda looks especially remarkable with the strange mixture of art.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:33h, 02 February

    Hey Adam. We agree. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is vibrant art and a strange mix of odd elements too.

  • Gemma
    Posted at 22:48h, 02 February

    I hope I have all the means to visit places.. all over the world!!!! I’d love to be a travel blogger too! Love the photos what more the real thing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:30h, 03 February

    Hi Gemma. Thanks. Traveling can be a lot cheaper than many people think. If its a passion, don’t let anything stop you.

  • JenThereDoneThat
    Posted at 08:24h, 03 February

    Wacky is an accurate description! Those carvings and mosaics are wonderful, and wacky. Such a distinctive style design.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:33h, 03 February

    Hi Jen. They were some of the best mosaic work we’ve seen. They cover walls hunters of feet tall inside and out and everywhere. They’re really amazing…and wacky for sure.

  • Perla
    Posted at 10:25h, 03 February

    I learned so many new things about Vietnam culture and architecture, thank you for sharing. And the photos are just breathtaking!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 03 February

    Hey Perla. Oh thats so good to hear. Thanks.

  • Raymond Carroll
    Posted at 15:14h, 03 February

    I love Buddhist temples and most things Buddhist related. My wife is Buddhist (Theravada – Thai) and we intend visiting Vietnam on our next visit to Thailand. I have read a bit about Linh Phuoc Pagoda on another post and would love to visit it. Your pics really bring the place to life. Thanks for sharing…

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:18h, 03 February

    Hey Raymond. We love Buddhist temples too and love visiting them. Enjoy your visit to Vietnam. Let us know what you think of seeing Linh Phuoc Pagoda in person.

  • Jackie Taylor
    Posted at 16:16h, 03 February

    Such beautiful Temples! They all look so colourful and I’m sure it must have been amazing to visit in person. I’ll definitely have to visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda one day!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:22h, 03 February

    Hello Jackie. We did really enjoy Linh Phuoc Pagoda. We’ve seen hundreds of temples. This one is so unique.

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 19:20h, 03 February

    Those pagodas look unbelievably stunning. The intricacy of the details just leaves me in awe. I could only imagine how much more awe-inspiring it must have been to see it in person!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:22h, 03 February

    Hello Abigail. You’re so right. In person the temples were stunning, especially the mosaics. And the wacky stuff had us cracking up with the contrast between the awesome and the bizarre.

  • Glenda
    Posted at 20:02h, 03 February

    Wow, this looks like an amazing place to visit. I really like all the colors architectural details.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:11h, 03 February

    Hey Glenda. It’s a very cool place to visit indeed.

  • Kassie
    Posted at 20:29h, 03 February

    “Inspirationally beautiful AND unabashedly kitschy” is probably the best and most accurate description of Vietnam I’ve ever seen. Dalat was one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia because it was just so darn kitschy. Everywhere I turned there was something weird or strange but still awesome. I’m not surprised that a temple like this is nearby. Definitely cool and would love to see the beer bottle dragon in person!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:33h, 03 February

    Hello Kassie. Thanks so much for the kind words of encouragement. We agree totally about the weird and wonderful mix that is Vietnam.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 22:52h, 03 February

    The “12,000 beer bottles” completely blew me off. Such a strange thing! But I have to say, Vietnam is the master of beautiful mosaics! All credit goes to you guys, for bring alive the vibrancy of Vietnam in your post.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:00h, 03 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. You’re too kind. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is one those little gems that showcase different currents of a culture in one place. It’s fun and cool to see.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 17:03h, 04 February

    Everything here is gorgeous. I’m normally not a fan of wax museums but even that was cool!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:11h, 04 February

    hi Jessica. Yes the wax museum was cool , but creepy too and kinda out of place. The mosaics were so gorgeous and skillful though.

  • Lisa Rios
    Posted at 09:11h, 05 February

    Such a gorgeous temple and the architecture all around is quiet stunning & amazing for sure. The Cheesy Haunted House sounds scary & almost every picture is so interesting with a story to tell on their own!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:12h, 05 February

    Hi Rios. Thanks. This is such a unique temple.

  • Tracie Howe
    Posted at 16:20h, 05 February

    I didn’t know about Linh Phuoc Pagoda. What a funny and impressive place! I’d love to see it for myself!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:22h, 05 February

    Hi Tracie. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is worth a visit for sure. Hope you make it.

  • Ami
    Posted at 06:17h, 08 February

    This is such a beautiful pagoda. I am in awe of the colors here. The tower too is fascinating. And beer bottles for that dragon. The monks are really creative. 🙂 Loved this post of yours Vanessa.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:19h, 08 February

    Hi Ami. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 The Pagoda was amazing!

  • neha
    Posted at 00:31h, 09 February

    I had heard of Linh Phuoc Pagoda but for the first time read a comprehensive post on it. The pagoda is so beautiful. I love the vibrant colors and intricate work that goes into these architectures. Will definitely visit it when in the area

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:24h, 16 March

    Hi Neha. Linh Phouc pagoda is quite a sight. Hope you see it one day.

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