Thich Quang Duc monk has been elevated to the status of a Boddhisattva (Bo Tat) – an enlightened person who forgoes Nirvana to save others. Thich Quang Duc monk is famous for self-immolation in protest to Diem’s South Vietnamese regime and its persecution of Buddhists On 11th June 1963. The reason was that Ngo Dinh Diem had arrested many Buddhist faithful and ransack pagodas to advance agenda of country’s Catholic minority.
Thich Quang Duc was immolating himself
To inaugurate the memorial of this monk, a park and a statue of Thich Quang Duc wreathed in flames, before a bas-relief was built in 2010. The park is located at the place he self-immolated (70-72 Cach Mang Thang Tam street, District 3). It’s not far from the Reunification Palace, so that travelers can easily stop by the place for a visit. Come to the park, you can see is the Boddhisattva’s body is sitting calm in the lotus position and his face unflinching despite the fire is burning.
Thich Quang Duc Memorial in a green park
If you would like to drive around Saigon and see iconic sights of the city and listen to the history, do not hesitate to book a Ho Chi Minh motorbike tour with us. The Thich Quang Duc memorial will be one of destinations.
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