I visited the Linh Ung-Bai But Padago while on a motorbike tour from Hoi An. Bai But was a very special place. Nestled on a hill overlooking the sea, the pagoda is home to a 67 meter tall, pure white statue of Guanyin, the Bodhisatva of Mercy. It is the tallest Buddhist statue in all of Vietnam, and one of the tallest in all of Southeast Asia. Guanyin translates to “the one who listens to the cries of the world.” The Guanyin at Bai But stands facing the sea, holding a small vessel in her left palm while gesturing in Buddhist fashion with her right hand. I was absorbed in the aesthetic beauty of this statue; it communicated an inner stillness.
Also within Bai But’s compound was a large central temple, a central plaza with statues and plants, and two gates that overlooked the sea. Behind the compound were hills covered in dense, green forest. It was a lovely. I’ve never visited a Buddhist place of worship with a more lovely setting.
For those interested in geography, Bai But is located on the Son Tra Peninsula.