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On the outskirts of Hue is the 7 storey Thiκn Mụ pagoda.
Built in 1601 on the order of the first Nguyễn lords, Nguyễn Hoΰng, who at that time was the governor of Thuận Hσa (now known as Huế). The Nguyen Lords were in name, officials of the ruling Lκ Dynasty in Hanoi, but was the de facto independent ruler of central Vietnam. According to the royal annals, Hoang while touring the vicinity, was told of the local legend in which an old lady, known as Thiκn Mụ (literally "celestial lady"), dressed in red and blue sat at the site, rubbing her cheeks. She foretold that a lord would come and erect a pagoda on the hill to pray for the country's prosperity. She then vanished after making her prophecy. Upon hearing this, Hoang ordered the construction of a temple at the site, thus the beginning of Thiκn Mụ Tự (thanks Wikipedia).
In the WS are 2 more photos of the pagoda and
surrounding gardens.

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