Van Phat Pagoda (Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda) is located at 66/14 Nghia Thuc Street, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. This is a rare Buddhist Pagoda of Chinese Vietnamese people in HCMC. The pagoda belongs to Northern Buddhism. The pagoda has thousands of different Buddhas. This is one of the sites attracting domestic and foreign visitors in HCMC.
In 1959, Van Phat Pagoda was built by Buddhist Monk Thich Dieu Hoa and Buddhist Monk Tang Duc Bon (From Fujian, China). It was the place to Chinese Buddhist in Saigon and nearby provinces to come to pray. From 1998 to 2008, the pagoda was restored by Buddhist Monk Thich Truyen Cuong (from Guangdong, China).
Van Phat Pagoda belongs to Northern Buddhism. Northern Buddhism believes that in the universe, there are many different Buddhas, many Bodhisattvas, many Arhats together save sentient beings. Meanwhile, Southern Buddhism believes that has only one Buddha is Buddha Shakyamuni. Arhats are Buddhists who get enlighten.
The pagoda campus has an area of 600 m2. The pagoda is built 5 floors to have more worship space. The fourth floor is the mean worship space. The central altar, there is the statue of Buddha Bhikshu sitting on a 1,000-petal lotus. The interesting thing is that each lotus petal has a Buddha statue. Other Buddha statues on the central altar are Sakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, Buddha Medicine statue, and Bodhisattva Guanyin. On the left and on the right of the central altar, there is the Bodhisattva Manjushri and the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. On the wall, there are ten thousand small Buddha statues. Besides, on the wall of the front, there are 26 paintings: 18 Arharts, 2 Indian Zen Masters Maha Kasyapa and Ananda, 6 Chinese Zen Masters. 1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, and the rooftop also have the statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The worship way of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda clearly shows Northern Buddhism thought.
Although this is a pagoda founded by the Chinese people, because the Buddhist thought had been in the Vietnamese people for a long time, this place has become a common prayer place for both Chinese and Vietnamese. Many tourists have also come to learn more about the pagoda and local life.
Address: 66/14 Nghia Thuc Street, Ward 5, District 5, HCMC.