(No.10, Vol.2, Oct 2012 Vietnam Heritage Magazine, Advertorial)
Photo: Nathalie Sokolovskaya
Anger conquer by amity,
evil conquer with good,
by giving conquer miserly,
with truth the speaker of falsity
This poem is written on a stone plate at the feet of a 14-meter high Dame Avalokitesvara statue in Truc Lam Pagoda built on the top of a hill and rising high above luxurious island resort Vinpearl Nha Trang. Looking down from the hill over a panorama as picturesque as a silk painting, with endlessly sparkling bay waters, sandy beach with green hills on both sides, the azure lake of the huge swimming pool and deluxe resort building in the shadow of palm trees, the statue reminds one both of the Snow Queen of Andersen and Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janero. It was strange and beautiful to find a Buddhist pagoda within the 5-star resort premises-one with an amusement park, golf fields, gastronomic village and shopping arcade. Reading the Buddhist verses in the rosy rays of a tropical sunset tete-a-tete with the goddess Guanyin felt like stumbling upon a treasury of truth and peace. My journey to the Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang started much earlier, from the impressive mainland reception area, all done in wood, with sparrows flitting about under the high ceilings. Here the check-in is completed, welcome-drink served, luggage taken by porters and electronic universal key to the resort room, restaurants and all resort-island attractions given. The straight passage through the spacious reception lobby leads to the pier where speedboats are ready to take guests to the island. During the seven-minute voyage by sea, one can contemplate the cable road on nine massive pillars, which when lit at night looks like an immense, bright rainbow if viewed from the Alpine Coaster or from Water Park side, and it leaves a...