Investing $800,000 to restore But Thap pagoda in Bac Ninh
Update: Sep 29, 2015
Bac Ninh provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism organized a ceremony to restore the But Thap pagoda on September 28.

The project aims to preserve and uphold the cultural and architectural values of the pagoda, thus contributing to boosting tourism in Bac Ninh province. The project has a total investment of VND 18 billion (US$ 800,000) sourced from the local budget.

The money will be used to restore and upgrade the pagoda’s facilities including the worshiping place, gates, house of steles and corridor in line with their original structure and architecture.

But Thap pagoda was built under the Tran dynasty (1226-1400) in Dinh To commune, Thuan Thanh district, in Bac Ninh province. In 17th century, the pagoda was reconstructed under management of a Chinese monk and Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc, a daughter of Lord Trinh Trang. Therefore, the architecture of But Thap pagoda is a combination between Vietnamese and Chinese style.

The most outstanding part of the pagoda is Bao Nghiem tower or But Thap; hence the pagoda was named after the name of this tower.It is one of a few ancient pagodas in Viet Nam with the unique architecture of the Le-Nguyen dynasties that still exist. The pagoda is balanced in the centre area but very natural in the surrounding area. The centre area includes eight houses which are set in an axis which are three gates entrance, bell tower, forecourt, upper palace, Tich Thien Am palace, middle house, worshiping palace, and back of a mansion.

The sculpture of Bodhisattva Kuan-yin of thousands of eyes and hands is a unique masterpiece in statue of Buddha and the art of sculpturing. The statue is placed in the middle room of the pagoda which is very mysterious.

But Thap is one of the little numbers of Viet Nam Popular Destinations which remains the ancient architecture.