In place of high mountains, fog enveloped all the year, photographs of ancient monastery hidden in the white mist of Sapa, with crumbling woods make people easily to relate to the fairy tale immemorial. Though long abandoned, ancient lines and contemplative spaces are numerous attractions, attract tourists to visit and take pictures
A short drive enough for tourists can travel by motorcycling to admire the beauty of northwestern mountains on spring time. This ancient monastery is situated at the foot of the mountain, was built in 1942. It used to be the practice monastery of the 12 ascetic nuns of the reformed Kito missionary. Here, 12 nuns had positive contributions to research and disseminate cultivation of temperate food crops which were suitable for the climate and soil in Sapa as black rice, buckwheat, contemporary circuit, vegetables, sweet potatoes and fresh fruits like grapes, apples, peaches ... In 1945, due to the war situation, the delegation left Sapa to Hanoi, therefore monastery was abandoned until this day.
Built by laterite so the walls, pillars, columns still retains the solidly and surely until this day. The structure of the monastery consists of a horizontal house to the west side, 5 compartments and a staircase, consists of 3 floors, including a basement underground. This horizontal house is for accommodation and daily living activities of the nuns. In addition, the right of the building also has an vertical house connecting with horizontal house, this could be a place to store food, furniture, and was the monastery’s kitchen. The entire building now is no longer part of the roof, only remnants of the ancient mossy walls. In front of the building is a fairly wide, long corridor but no longer intact.
Monastery has many doors, each door has different shapes: arched, rectangle.
Time passed by, the monastery has no longer roof so you can see through the blue sky. Moss on the walls for years, sometimes the green sprouts rise when spring comes. Monastery’s Gate was built of stone with porch style of French architecture.
Coming to Ta Phin, first feel for each person is the superficial world and the unique architecture that time can not be blotted out. These ancient paths, taciturn, moss. Every wall, brick ... are imprints of time. This is the highlight attractions for tourists to stop taking pictures, learn the origin of the ancient architecture of the West was built on this highland.