Dieu De National Pagoda
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Hue has many pagodaâ€™s and we were actually looking for the pagoda where the monk who set himself on fire once lived. We read in Lonely Planet that Dieu de Pagoda was a stronghold of Buddhist and student opposition through the mid-1960s. It was even stormed by the police in 1966, they confiscated radio equipment and arrested many monks, laypeople and students. It seemed this had to be the pagoda we were looking for.
The pagoda was hard to find, itâ€™s almost hidden at the Dong Ba Canal. Even cyclist didn't understand where we wanted to go, they only cycle tourist around who want to see the beaten path and the Dieu De Pagoda obviously isn't a part of this path. It was a very atmospheric place though. Especially since there are no tourists here and there are still monks living here, this was quite worth our while.
We watched a monk sing his prayers and our spirits were lifted by the beauty and tranquility of his song. We walked around a bit and enjoyed the quietness. We did expect to see some sort of monument reminding of the monk who set himself on fire, but this was nowhere to be found.
It wasnâ€™t until the next day that we found out that the pagoda we were looking for in the first place was the Thien Mu Pagoda. Weâ€™ve seen this pagoda as well, but we wouldnâ€™t have missed this small and hidden Dieu De Pagoda for the worldâ€¦