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The Tu Hieu Pagoda is in Duong Xuan Thuong III hamlet, in Thuy Xuan village, 5km southwest of Hue.

I was lucky to have found a great guide* who drove me there on his motorbike. I arrived on time to witness the daily ritual with the chanting of the monks. I enjoyed the ceremony and the great rythmns produced by the monks and their bells and a large drum.

At the end of the ceremony, my guide took me to the garden so I could see the novice monk who was offering tea to Buddha in a courtyard filled with beautiful flowers. It lasted a few seconds but was a most moving moment of this visit.

*Mr Hoa, the guide, can be found at Hung Vuong Inn, 20 Hung Vuong in Hue. He speaks English and French. He can help you organise your stay and visits in Hue. Hes very nice and knowledgeable.

(f14 1/80th sec zoom at 70mm natural light on a rainy day Photofiltre just a touch + slight crop)

Thank you for your recent comments on my previous uploads.

Hoping you will be interested in these images. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment as it is always appreciated.

Have a nice day,


Tags: Digitally manipulated Hue Vietnam Portraits and people Tu hieu pagoda Duong xuan thuong iii hamlet Thuy xuan

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 1:44PM
Beautiful, calm, gentle. I particularly like V1, for composition. At present the image almost merges with the background on the right, I'm not sure whether it would work better with a thin frame or not. The effect is certainly interesting.

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AlanBW 13 20 England
1 Apr 2008 1:44PM
Wonderful series Jean-Noel, V1 really stands out for me - love his devotion and concentration
Artois 13 405 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 1:45PM
fascinating set of shots, lovely colours and detail in all 3
Paul_cats 13 61 22 Scotland
1 Apr 2008 1:46PM
I agree. V1 for the composition but all 3 bring out the mood of the ceremony. Nice series.
bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 1:49PM
Super shots in a super series JeanNoel.

Bodiewil 11 46 Wales
1 Apr 2008 2:03PM
Three fantastic images Jean Noel, love No1 such peace

francisg 15 705 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 2:08PM
Lovely warm colours. of the 3 I prefer the First one. But it is a hard choice.

NevP 13 853 13 Canada
1 Apr 2008 2:31PM
I particularly like the 3rd one.
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
1 Apr 2008 2:32PM
Interesting documentary uploads

CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
1 Apr 2008 2:39PM
Mor wonderful images, Jean-Noel. This must have been a fantastic and moving experience for you. Carol
TyChee Plus
14 275 1 United States
1 Apr 2008 3:15PM
Excellent shots V1 for me.
proz 14 205 United States
1 Apr 2008 3:30PM
super image
Cormy 11 3 England
1 Apr 2008 3:50PM
These are brilliant JNC.
Sezz 14 619 15 England
1 Apr 2008 4:00PM
All wonderful images, very interesting!

Sez *
luxaeternam 12 21 1
1 Apr 2008 4:10PM
Great shots. I like #2 for the added context.
Smile Lucy
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
1 Apr 2008 4:18PM
Excellent color and comp-- a very pleasing reportage image, I like the addition of the larger vies and the monks, Jennnn
GalleryGirl 11 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 5:01PM
Lovely warm captures. Super trio
Marilyn x
yelnats 11
1 Apr 2008 6:40PM
super group, beautifully framed and lovely colours
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
1 Apr 2008 6:50PM
Great series, the monks have always fascinated me.

Best Matt
User_Removed 12 16 England
1 Apr 2008 7:18PM
Lovely travelogue shots Jean and an RC!
ColouredImages 14 47 35 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 9:42PM
Serene. Thanks for your comments. Have a "click "on me
HebLight 11 14 England
1 Apr 2008 9:43PM
Excellent candid shot
Libby_M 12 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 9:50PM
3 nice shot s
bobalot 12 10 England
1 Apr 2008 10:19PM
wonderful, all been said above.

Rgds Bob
1 Apr 2008 10:20PM
Thanks for your thoughts and opinions. JNC
User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2008 11:07PM
good sequence of shots.. great
DolphinLady 13 54 1 Wales
1 Apr 2008 11:36PM
Wonderful calming images.
I like the crop of the first one, but the flowers in the second & the colours in the third are all wonderful.
anpix 11 88 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2008 6:19AM
lovely set of photos
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
2 Apr 2008 8:37PM
A fascinating series of shots, you've captured the monks serenity perfectly
viscostatic 13 43 5 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 7:24PM
Three wonderful images.


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