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Dieu De Pagoda, Hue

| 17 Nov 2011


Dieu De Pagoda, Hue
Bach Dang St Hue

Our rating
17 Nov 2011

Dieu De Pagoda is a lovely serene spot on Bach Dang St near the eastern gate of the citadel. It's a good place to incorporate into a cycle around the citadel or a walk along quaint Bach Dang St. It was a centre of Buddhist protest against the US backed regime of Ngo Dinh Diem.

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Dieu De Pagoda,Hue,Bach Dang St,Vietnam
Photo: Mark Bowyer Dieu De Pagoda
Dieu De Pagoda, one of four in the city to receive the patronage of Nguyen Dynasty emperors, is set back from the Dong Ba canal on one of Hue’s most atmospheric old streets. It was most recently renovated in 1955 though it dates back at least to the mid nineteenth century.

The Dieu De’s simple serenity makes it one of the most appealing pagodas in the city. Its role in the anti Diem Buddhist upheaval that shook Vietnam in the 1960s and presaged a deeper US involvement is more remarkable. Throughout the 1960s, the pagoda remained a centre of anti war activism.

Bach Dang St,Vietnam,Hue
Photo: Mark Bowyer Classic Hue characters on Bach Dang St nearby Dieu De Pagoda
Dieu De is the closest of the major pagodas to the walls of the Imperial Citadel.

Travel tips

Take a walk along Bach Dang street from Dong Ba market and past Dieu De. It’s one of the most interesting strips in Hue. You’ll find some interesting spots if you head down the small alleys that run off the street as well.
Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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