Located in the town of Trai Mat -- just a few kilometers outside Dalat -- is the beautiful Linh Phuoc Pagoda. It was built between 1949 and 1952 by a group of monks, nuns and followers of the Mahayana Buddhist cult from Thua Thien – Hue. The pagoda is heavily ornamented with colorful ceramic mosaics made from debris of deliberately broken glass and pottery bowls. At the entrance, you will be greeted by sculptures of flying dragons. There is another 49-meter long winding dragon at the pond side within the premise, which has been made of 12,000 broken bottles. Inside the main hall is a 5 meter tall Buddha statue, and the atmosphere emanates a sense of tranquility.
There is an interesting ritual for those who want to make a wish. A bell in the temple shows images of four seasons as it turns. Turn it to the ongoing season’s face and write your wish on a yellow piece of paper and stick it onto the bell. Chime the bell thrice and it is believed that your wishes will reach Buddha. Even if you have come to the pagoda just to witness its aesthetic beauty, there is no harm in trying your luck.
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