Dalat, Vietnam’s Samten Hills cultural and spiritual tourist complex has made history with the world’s largest prayer wheel, officially recognized by the Guinness World Records. The Great Prayer Wheel, “Drigung Kagyu Rinchen Khorchen Khorwe Go Gek,” is a pure copper structure inlaid with 24K gold, standing 37.22 meters tall and 16.53 meters in diameter, weighing a staggering 200 tons. Its stunning design and unique features have captivated visitors from around the world, making it a new architectural wonder to behold.
The Great Prayer Wheel was inaugurated on March 11th, 2023, in the presence of religious leaders, dignitaries, and cultural enthusiasts. The construction of the prayer wheel was not just a matter of size but also rich in cultural and spiritual value. The art is ancient Nepalese and carries deep and mysterious meanings that make it a unique masterpiece in the world. The visitors are drawn to the intricate details of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Sanghas painted on the walls.
The Guinness World Records recognition is a testament to the uniqueness of the Great Prayer Wheel and Samten Hills Dalat’s cultural and spiritual complex. The structure also contributes to the local socio-economic development by creating jobs and increasing the residents’ income. The Samten Hills Dalat complex has become a symbol of friendship, peace, and diplomatic culture between Vietnam, India, and many other countries.
Vietnam has a long history of Buddhism, with a full convergence of schools in Buddhism, including Northern and Southern Buddhist sects, Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, and Tantric Buddhism, including Vajrayana Buddhism. Vietnam’s unique sects, such as the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen school and Mendicant Buddhist, coexist, support, and complement each other’s good values, guiding people towards truthfulness, compassion, and beauty.
Samten Hills Dalat and the Great Prayer Wheel are open to the public, welcoming visitors to experience Vietnamese culture and spirituality first-hand. The lush greenery and stunning scenery of Dalat add to the serene atmosphere of the complex, creating a perfect destination for those seeking spiritual and cultural enrichment.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)