Vinh Nghiem PagodaYen Dung, Bac Giang, Vietnam
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is considered a Buddhist museum in North Vietnam because it is a place where many precious documents and the cultural heritage of Buddhism are preserved.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is an old pagoda in Yen Dung district, Bac Giang Province. It was built at the beginning of the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225). The pagoda is considered a Buddhist museum in North Vietnam because it is a place where many precious documents and the cultural heritage of Buddhism are preserved. The most notable of them is a set of 3,050 woodblocks for printing Buddhist sutras in Chinese and Nom scripts.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda has the longest history of training talented Buddhist monks in Vietnamese Buddhism. It organized the carving of woodblocks for printing and storing Vietnamese bibliographies throughout the feudal dynasties. The pagoda is preserving a treasure of precious cultural heritage, including over 100 worshipping statues, eight ancient epitaphs and a system of panels, couplets and worshipping objects. It stores Buddhist sutra woodblocks and other bibliographies which have been carved in different periods by Buddhist monks of the Truc Lam Zen School.