Crowds of tourists flock to Huong Pagoda on the first day of the festival. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 3-month Huong Pagoda Festival, the largest in Vietnam, officially opened in Hanoi’s My Duc district on February 13 or the sixth day of the lunar New Year, with the attendance of about 50,000 pilgrims.

Going to Huong Pagoda is a spiritual journey to the Buddhist Land – where the Goddess of Mercy leads a religious life.

Sightseeing trips to pagodas, temples and caves are the main attractions at the Huong pagoda festival, in addition to ceremonies to ask favours from Lord Buddha.

Built in the late 17th century, Huong Pagoda has a large number of pagodas, temples and caverns filled with marvelous stalactites and stalagmites, about 60km from downtown Hanoi.

The Huong Tich cavern has the autograph of Lord Trinh Sam in 1770, describing the cavern as the most beautiful cave in the country.

The organising board estimated that about 200,000 tourists have flocked to Huong Pagoda over the past four days.-VNA