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Pilgrims flock to Ba Den Mountain at Tet

By Dat Thanh

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HCMC – Pilgrims are coming to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province in droves to seek blessings during the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet.

Known for the ancient temples called Ba, which are over 300 years old, the mountain has long been a popular destination for spiritual tourism, especially during the Lunar New Year season.

To reach Ba Den Mountain peak, travelers can take a cable car ride or walk on a snaking path to the Ba temple area.

This year’s Spring Festival offers pilgrims and tourists the opportunity to pay homage to the 36-meter-high statue of Maitreya Buddha, assembled from 6,688 pieces of natural sandstone.

At Sun World Ba Den Mountain, visitors can enjoy year-round blooms of flowers and wander through gardens full of varying colors, providing an ideal setting for photography.

The festival’s opening ceremony, themed “Tay Ninh’s Essence 2024,” takes place tonight, February 13, at the square opposite the cable car station within the Sun World Ba Den Mountain tourist area. The festivities will continue until March 9.

During the 10-day Lunar New Year period in 2023, Tay Ninh attracted over one million visitors who used the cable car service to move up to Ba Den Mountain, showcasing the enduring appeal of the site.

Visitors throng the entrance of Ba Den Mountain
The parking lot at Ba Den Mountain is packed with cars, indicating an influx of visitors to the area
Cable cars ferry visitors to the peak of Ba Den Mountain
Inside the passage leading to the top of the Maitreya Buddha statue
Seated serenely on a Ba Den Mountain waterfall, Maitreya Buddha’s joyful smile embodies hope and happiness
Tourists take photographs and pay homage to the statue of Maitreya Buddha  
Tourists queue to enter the Buddhist art gallery, where state-of-the-art 3D mapping video projection technology offers a unique exploration of the universe from a Buddhist viewpoint
Inside the Buddhist art gallery
Visitors admire the vibrant blooms at Ba Den Mountain
A couple pose for a photo at the garden
At 986 meters high, Ba Den Mountain stands as the tallest peak in southern Vietnam. From its summit, visitors can behold the vistas stretching across the landscape

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