Famed as the repository of a sacred relic of the Buddha, Xa Loi Pagoda (89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan St) was built in 1956.In August 1963 truckloads of armed men under the command of President Ngo Dinh Diem’s brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, attacked Xa Loi Pagoda, which had become a center of opposition to the Diem government.
The pagoda was ransacked and 400 monks and nuns, including the country’s 80-year-old Buddhist patriarch, were arrested. This raid and others elsewhere helped solidify opposition among Buddhists to the Diem regime, a crucial factor in the US decision to support the coup against Diem. This pagoda was also the site of several self-immolations by monks protesting against the Diem regime with paintings depicting the Buddha’s life.
Xa Loi Pagoda is in District 3 at, near Dien Bien Phu St. A monk preaches every Sunday from 8am to 10am. On days of the full-moon and new-moon, special prayers are held from 7am to 9am, and 7pm to 8pm.
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A colourful seven tiered pagoda
Xa Loi Pagoda is a colourful seven tiered pagoda which is revered as it houses a sacred Buddha relic. Xa Loi Pagoda is located at 89 Ba Huyen Thanh, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is also of historical…
More thing about Xa Loi pagoda
The Xa Loi Pagoda is located on a quiet area in HCM City’s District 3. Its main gate faces Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street and the auxiliary gate is on Su Thien Chieu Street. The pagoda was built in August 1956…
Very impressive, worth a visit
This pagoda is several stories and very cool, so well worth a visit. There are lovely views out across the river. Quite a unique pagoda which makes it worth a visit.
So far, the pagodas that I have seen in Vietnam have all been different and this one is no exception. This pagoda is about seven stories tall and is very scenic. The grounds on which it is housed are very…
The highest bell tower in Vietnam.
The Xa Loi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1956 to enshrine a sample of the relics of Gautama Buddha. The pagoda was also the headquarters of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association…
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