Phap Lam Pagoda, also known as Tinh Hoi Pagoda, is at 500, Ong Ich Khiem Street, Nam Duong Ward, Hai Chau District. Built in 1934 based on Asian style, this pagoda has a 1.1-metre-high seated Buddha statue and two brass statues of the Goddess of Mercy (Avalokitecvara) and Dai The Chi Bodhisattva in the courtyard. The building was formerly used as the headquarters of the An Nam Buddhist Association – Da Nang branch. The pagoda was renamed Phap Lam in 1970.
Despite its location within the bustling Da Nang city centre, the atmosphere here is very serene and peaceful. You can see locals praying in the morning or getting their fortunes told while the resident monks go about their daily lives. As with any Buddhist temple in Vietnam, Phap Lam Pagoda gets packed with devotees during annual festivities such as Tet and Lunar New Year.
The top floor of the pagoda is a presbytery that features intricately carved pillars, handwritten Buddhist Pali incantation, and a golden statue of Buddha while the ground floor hosts an amphitheatre that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. The courtyard of the pagoda houses a 1.1-metre-high seated Buddha statue as well as brass statues of the Goddess of Mercy (Avalokitecvara) and Dai The Chi Bodhisattva. Entrance to Phap Lam Pagoda is free of charge, but donations are welcomed.
Aside from offering a quiet retreat from the bustling city, Phap Lam Pagoda is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine as the temple is surrounded by local restaurants and food carts that cater to its resident monks and devotees.