An aerial view of the Truc lam Phuong Hoang Zen Monastery. (Source: VNA)

Bac Giang (VNA) – An inauguration ceremony for the main hall of the Truc Lam-Phuong Hoang Zen Monastery in Nham Son commune, Yen Dung district, the northern province of Bac Giang, was held on August 29, with thousands of Buddhist followers in attendance.

The Buddhist Vu Lan festival for children to express their gratitude towards their parents also took place at the monastery on the occasion.

The main hall is part of the Truc Lam-Phuong Hoang Zen Monastery project’s first phase, which has been carried out with funds of 105 billion VND (over 4.5 million USD).

Speaking at the ceremony, Venerable Thich Kien Nguyet, head of the monastery, called for efforts from authorities, people and Buddhist followers for the second phase of the project, thus soon turning the monastery into a spiritual tourism destination of Bac Giang.

Construction of the monastery began on November 26, 2011.

Since then, the monastery welcomed thousands of visitors, especially during Vesak and Vu Lan festivals, and other holidays. 

Together with other cultural, sport and spiritual tourism sites in Yen Dung district, the Truc Lam-Phuong Hoang Zen Monastery is expected to significantly contribute to preserving and promoting traditional values and driving the economic, cultural and social development of the district.-VNA