The Great Bell in Thien Mu pagoda
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The Great Bell in Thien Mu pagoda is an important Buddhist utensil cast in 1710 by order of Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu (1691-1725) - whose religious name was Hung Long, the 30th generation of the Ts’ao Tung sect to donate to the Buddha. The bell weighs over 2000kg, is 2.5m high, has 1.4m mouth diameter and a well-proportioned shape; The patterns and decorative motifs on the bell body are carved sophisticatedly with the symbolic images of three major thoughts of East Asia including Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, showing wishes for the advantageous weather, good harvest, peaceful and properous country and good life for everyone.

The Great Bell in Thien Mu pagoda is one of the long-standing and valuable bells in many aspects in Hue ancient capital, a typical work of fine art decoration as well as convergence of features of fine bronze casting art. It also marked the development of Buddhism in Dang Trong (Inner Region) in the late 17th - early 18th centuries.

The Great Bell in Thien Mu pagoda was recognized as the Vietnam National Treasure in 2013.

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