Vinh Nghiem Temple, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Nghiem Temple is the most spectacular of all the Buddhist temples. The temple was constructed between 1964 and 1971. Its construction was based on the design planned by the architect Nguyen Ba Lang and his associates.
Like any other Buddhist temples in the city, Vinh Nghiem Temple in Ho Chi Minh City besides being frequently visited by the local people for their weekly worship, is also a popular destination in Saigon. This active pagoda, standing in the northern part of the city on the way to the airport, is popular for its association with the attached school and also for the daily activities of the monks and nuns residing in it.
Visiting Vinh Nghiem pagoda, the visitors shall see a very distinguishing architectural feature with the huge slanting Chinese-style roofs, upturned cornices. The seven-story pagoda or the Avalokitesvara Stupa, standing at the left of the upper courtyard, is the largest of all the Buddhist structures in Vietnam. The ancient Asian architectural style of the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is worth mentioning. This pagoda was constructed between 1964 and 1973 with the funds provided by the Buddhist of the Truc Lam Zen sect who belong to Bac Giang province of Vietnam. The visitors also can see a huge bell contributed to the temple authority by Japanese Buddhist Sangha, hangs right next to the giant seven-story tower.
When you are on a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, don’t miss the majestic Vinh Nghiem Temple.
Ong Bon Pagoda Ho Chi Minh City
One of its most interesting sights in Ho Chi Minh City is the Ong Bon Pagoda located at 264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong Boulevard. This small temple was built just after World War II, dedicated to Ong Bon, the god who is believed to be a Guardian of Happiness and Virtue. Its front door is adorned with rather fierce looking armed warriors. Long coils of sweet smelling incense are always left burning in the corners of the pagoda.
Ong Bong is also the god of wealth, which is why so devotees bring fake paper currency to burn in the pagoda’s furnace as an offering to him. This ritual is believed to be very auspicious and participating in it is said to bring financial blessings to the individual and his/her family.
The central feature of the pagoda is an ornately carved wood and gold altar and a finely crafted statue of Ong Bon. Exquisitely painted murals of lions, tigers, and dragons adorn the pagoda.
Thien Hau Pagoda
Lady Thien Hau Pagoda, located in District 5, is one of the oldest pagodas of Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh City. This pagoda was built in around 1760, then restored continuously in 1800, 1842, 1882, 1890 and 1916. The pagoda now lies in the central area of the first Chinese people making Cho Lon (Big Market).
All the materials used for constructing this pagoda were brought from China. The roof was stuck with the pottery describing the old customs of China such as “fighting in an arena”, “kowtow before ancestor’s altar”, etc. that were manufactured by two famous pottery kilns Buu Nguyen and Dong Hoa in 1908. In the special chamber, there are two copper objects from King Can Long’s 60th year (1796) and Dai Quang Dynasty’s 10th year (1830). The middle sanctum has a set of urn of Quang Tu Dynasty’s 12th year (1886). In the large mirror sideboard at the major chamber is the statue of Eight Fairies and D’Arìes’s order in 1860 preventing French warriors from destroying. The festival of worshipping Thien Hau on the 23rd day of the 3rd month of Lunar year is one of the most popular annual festivities of Chinese people in Vietnam. This festival often comes with singing and dancing activities that reflect the beauty in the culture of Chinese.
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