March 16, 2017 | 19:09 (GMT+7)
Quan The Am festival takes place in Da Nang
The Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) festival, one of the country’s largest festivals, officially opened in Quan The Am Pagoda in Ngu Hanh district, the central city of Da Nang, on March 16.
Thousands flocking to the festival
The Buddhist festival, which fell on March 14-16 (on the 17th-19th day of second lunar month), honors Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, while praying for peace and prosperity for the country.
The festival includes incense-offering ceremony, traditional boat-racing, a praying ceremony, Buddhism indoctrination, and exhibitions of paintings, photos and calligraphy.
Listed among the country’s 15 biggest festivals since 2000, the festival has become a spiritual tourism product of Da Nang, welcoming Buddhist followers from across Vietnam.
It contributes to preserving the national cultural identities and promoting Da Nang’s tourism to domestic and foreign visitors.
Quan The Am Pagoda, built in 1957, is located at the foot of the Kim Son (Metal Mountain) in the Ngu Hanh Son (Five Element Mountains), which boasts wonderful natural landscapes with several ancient pagodas, mysterious caves and picturesque scenery.