Standing on the left bank of the Perfume River is the seven-story octagonal tower of the Thien Mu Pagoda that is lovely symbol of Hue. The tower, Thap Phuoc Duyen, which translates to The Source of Happiness Tower dominates most of the area. People often mistake it to be the pagoda itself, but it is not. The Pagoda is behind it. There are two pavilions close by. One shelters a huge bell, while the other, a stele on top of a tortoise that tells of the story of buddhism in Hue. The main sanctuary houses a bronze laughing buddha and Three statues namely A Di Da, Thich Ca, and Di Lac. All three are permutations of the buddha. There’s a monk quarters and a pine tree forest at the back, as well as a shrine. The Shrine quite a beautiful spot within the site with all those leave-less frangipani and other ornamental plants.
The pagoda is one of the most well-maintained structures i’ve seen in Vietnam and is very welcoming to visitors.