Thap Thap Pagoda

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Thap Thap pagoda in Van Thuan hamlet of Nhon Thanh commune in An Nhon District is known as an ancient big pagoda. It is also a place for monks and outsiders to learn martial arts.

Thap Thap pagoda is known as the first “Shaolin temple” in Vietnam because it is one of branches of Shaolin temple firstly built in Vietnam in 1677.

It was established by a Chinese monk when he came to Binh Dinh. Together with other monks, he then built other pagodas, including Long Phuoc.

All monks in these pagodas mastered martial arts. They always built more pagodas and taught martial arts to their students, said monk Vien Kien, one of heads of Thap Thap pagoda.

When the Chinese monk came here, this was still a desolate land. He and other monks helped Nguyen Lords in civilizing local people.

To deal with wild beasts and wrongdoers, monks taught martial arts to both their students and outsiders.

Legend has it that there were many wild beasts around Thap Thap pagoda, including a fierce white tiger. Living near the pagoda for a long time made it become less fierce. After it died, monks in the pagoda buried it in the back of pagoda.

Together with the 300-year Thap Thap pagoda, “Shaolin temples” in Binh Dinh have much contributed to the development of Binh Dinh martial arts.


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