THIÊN ẤN (Heaven Seal PAGODA)
The pagoda, is located on Thiên Ấn mountain, in Tịnh Ấn commune of Sơn Tịnh District, about 3km far from Quảng Ngãi Province, north of Trà Khúc River. Thien An Mountain formerly known as mountain Hó, about 105m high, wide flat peak of 10 ha. From the view east, the mountain looks like the seal on the river. In the mountain having many cinnabar rocks used as the seal to mark the sentence on the text book in the old time.
Thiên Ấn mountain and Trà Khúc River are the symbol of Quảng Ngãi Province, in which Thiên Ấn Pagoda is the first scenery of Quảng Ngãi.
The pagoda was founded by Zen master Pháp Hóa towards the late 20th century. The master was born 1670 at Phúc Kiến Province (China), secular name Lê Diệt, tittle Minh Hải Phật Bảo and the pagoda`s abbot for 60 years.
His successsors are Thiệt Ý Khánh Vân, Toàn Chiếu Bảo Ấn, Chương Khước Giác Tánh, Ấn Tham Hoằng Phúc, Chơn Trung Diệu Quang, Như Lợi Huyền Đạt, Hạnh Trình.
The Buddha shrine is arranged solemnly and still housing several antique statues. The pagoda`s great bell is famous for its response to the adherents` prayers. Lord Nguyễn Phúc Chu chartered the pagoda, bestowing a panel on which are written the four words “Sắc Tứ Thiên Ấn Tự” (the royal chartered Thiên Ấn Pagoda) in the year 1716.
On the southwest not far from pagoda is the Huỳnh Thúc Kháng tomb, an anti French patriot to make the site more as a historical monument.
The pagoda as seen today was built during the years 1959-1961 and renovations in 1992-1993 and 2000- 2001 recorded as the national historical and cultural vestige on 1990