Perched on Ham Long Hill, Hue. Founded in 1670 by Giac Phong, a Buddhist monk from China. The monk Phap Lu succeeded him as abbot.|
The original name of the temple was Ham Long Thien Tho. In 1747, Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat gave to the temple a guilded board with five Chinese characters 'Sac tu Bao Quoc tu', meaning 'Given by royal decress to Bac Quoc Temple'.
When the Tay Son troops occupied Thuan Hoa in 1786, the temple was damaged and transformed into a warehouse for storing salt petre for making gunpowder. In 1808 Queen Hieu Khuong collected money to rebuild the temple and renamed it Thien Tho Temple. However in 1824 Emperor Minh Mang restored the old name Bac Quoc. In 1858 it was restored again with a grant from Emperor Tu Duc. The three door gate you see here was built in 1808 and repaired in 1873.
In 1957 the Buddhist Sangha in Thua Thien Province helped the management rebuild the temple.
To the left of the main hall of the temple are 19 stupas of patriachs who practiced at the temple, most noteworthy are:Giac Phong (died 1714)
Vien Giac (died 1753) and Han Chat (died 1788).
North of the temple there is a well called Ham Long Well which is described in an old Hui folksong;
Ham Long well water is clear and delcious
My love towards you my darling
is witnessed by Buddha