Ancient red pine trails on Yen Tu mountain
The red pine trees, about 700 years old, have always been a part of Yen Tu, a complex of temples, small pagodas, towers, ancient forests and beautiful landscapes, which are considered the cradle of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Most pine trees are located on the way from Giai Oan Pagoda to Hoa Yen, a route of pilgrimage. ccording to the management board of Yen Tu National Forest and Relic Site, 230 pine trees standing on its both sides are under careful protection. Their roots have the average diameter of 0.3-1.1 meters and the height of 4.9-24 meters, forming the most ancient tree trails in Vietnam.
Legend has it that King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong together with his disciples and other generations of Zen practitioners of Truc Lam sect planted those trees here and in many places on Yen Tu mountain. This kind of tree symbolizes the intense vitality and the righteous temperament of gentlemen.
The path of ancient red pine trees has become a treasure of Yen Tu Relic for ages. Walking between two rows of trees, visitors are able to enjoy the fresh, cool and sacred atmosphere.
The Yen Tu Spring Festival opened on January 31, or the 10th day of the Lunar New Year after enduring three years of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yen Tu Spring Festival will last for three months through the spring, until March 10th on the lunar calendar, hoping to welcome about millions of visitors.