Lady Buddha is the one tourist attraction in Da Nang that you absolutely cannot miss! The country’s tallest Buddha statue stands on the side of Monkey Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula, looking out onto the ocean.
Seen from almost anywhere in Da Nang and from as far as the beaches in Hoi An, Lady Buddha is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Although often busy, the area is a place of great tranquility, with stunning views and it’s an essential stop when exploring Son Tra. Read our full guide below.
What is Lady Buddha?
Lady Buddha is the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. At 67m tall, she stands on a lotus flower with a diameter of 35m.
Inside the Lady Buddha are seventeen floors, each with a shrine dedicated to a different Buddha. On the top floor is a flight of stairs that you can take up to her head, where you can marvel over the views of the city and the ocean as if you were the Lady Buddha herself.
Where is Lady Buddha?
Lady Buddha is inside the Linh Ung Bai Pagoda complex, which is also the largest Pagoda in Danang, not only by size (about 20 ha) but also by the amount of statues that can be found in the gardens.
The pagoda is approx 14km from the centre of Da Nang City and 9km from My Khe Beach. It is a beautiful ride up the peninsula if you hire a motorbike (or a bicycle if you are brave enough to face the steep hill and bothersome monkeys!).
When was Lady Buddha built?
The construction of Linh Ung Bai Pagoda, including Lady Buddha, started on the 19th of June 2004 and opened to the public six years later on the 30th of July 2010.
Although the pagoda and Lady Buddha look ancient, for the people of Da Nang it is actually a symbol of the city’s modernisation, with some elements from the 18th century Nguyen Dynasty (a curved roof with dragons) combined with a modern Vietnamese style.
The History of Linh Ung Pagoda
Despite Ling Ung Bai But Pagoda being quite new and modern, the choice of its location is filled with history and legends.
Da Nang locals would tell you that the site once housed a shrine built by the Son Tra inhabitants in the time of Emperor Ming Mang. The legend tells of a mysterious Buddha that would appear on a sandbank that is now the peninsula. The people of Son Tra saw this as an auspicious sign and built the shrine to pray for the safety and prosperity of the local fishermen.
Do you need to book in advance to visit?
You don’t need to book in advance to go and see the Lady Buddha. It is free and open to the public every day of the year. It is a practicing pagoda however, where monks live, pray and go to school and where Buddhists come to worship, so it might be a good idea to check with your hotel or homestay staff to see if the day you are planning on going isn’t a special day of prayer.
What is the best way to see Lady Buddha?
Rent a motorbike! It is very close to the city and the winding road along the peninsula is best traveled slowly to include time to stop and take photos of the beautiful views or cheeky monkeys who come to say hello. In Vietnam you don’t need a licence to ride a 50cc motorbike but don’t forget to wear a helmet!
What should I wear?
Vietnam isn’t too strict on clothing rules, but be mindful that this is still a place of worship and of great importance to Vietnamese people. It wouldn’t be appropriate to go in beachwear, but shorts and t-shirts are fine. Pack a light scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders when entering the pagoda. Remember to always take your shoes off before going inside any of the buildings.
How much time will I spend there?
It’s worth setting aside two hours to spend with Lady Buddha. This will give you plenty of time to wander around, climb the statue, take in the views and explore the various buildings. There are quite a few day tours of Da Nang City that include Lady Buddha, Marble Mountain and the Dragon Bridge all in one day. These trips are a great idea if you aren’t planning to spend a lot of time in Da Nang but don’t want to miss out on anything.