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on the Perfume River is the controversial Thien Mu Pagoda. This pagoda is the place where many anti-communist demonstrations are and are being held. Thien Mu is also known as the Linh Mu, which means 'Pagoda of the Celestial White Lady'.

There are many legends around this temple. One is about a governor from Hanoi who left for the southern areas in 1601. When this Nguyen Hoang arrived at the Perfume River, he met an old woman. She instructed him to walk east along the river with a lit incense stick in his hand. Where the incense extinguished, he had to found a city.
Hoang believed that this woman should be an emissary of the gods. He showed his gratitude for this encounter by building the 'Pagoda of the Celestial White Lady' where he met her.

Another legend goes that the white-haired lady appeared on a hill in the shape of a dragon's head. She was dressed in a red tunic and green pants and predicted that a powerful gentleman would build a pagoda in this place. This would bring everlasting prosperity to the country.

What can be said with certainty is that the Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1601 and is therefore the oldest temple of Hué

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