Which Pagodas in Saigon to visit at Tet?
Going go to pagodas at the Tet festival is a beautiful Vietnamese tradition. On the first three days of Tet, Vietnamese people usually go to visit pagodas and pray for luckiness, prosperity, wealth, marriage and childbirth in the new year. It’s a great idea for expats and foreign tourists to visit pagodas at Tet like locals. Coming to peaceful pagodas, visitors have a big chance to see statues of Buddhas sitting on a lotus base with gentle faces and hearing the sound of sacred bells. At the pagodas, visitors feel calm and forget all the troubles in their daily life. Besides, Vietnamese beautiful ancient architectures and learning more about the Vietnamese rich culture are worth doing. Ho Chi Minh City has not less than one hundred pagodas, many of locals and foreigners wonder Which Pagodas in Saigon to visit at Tet? The followings are some famous pagodas in Saigon (former name of HCMC) to visit at Tet.
1. Ngoc Hoang – The ancient pagoda built after Chinese pagoda’s style
Ngoc Hoang Pagoda is located at 73, Mai Thi Luu, District 1. It was built by a monk named Luu Minh. He is from Quang Dong, China and came here in the early century 20. It is an ancient temple built after Chinese pagoda’s style. The main shrine worships Ngoc Hoang (the Creator) and other gods. Coming Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, we will know little about Chinese architecture and understand the credence of people coming here. This is the only pagoda visited by President Barack Obama while he was staying in Vietnam. Read more…
2. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda – Place having the highest tower built from stone in Viet Nam
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is located at 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7, District 3. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a big one in Saigon. Besides, it has the highest tower built from stone in Vietnam. It has seven floors with total height of l14m. The pagoda was built from 1964 to 1971. Its name and model are the same as a pagoda in Bac Giang province, north Vietnam built in the eleventh century, in Ly dynasty. Read more…
3. Xa Loi – The pagoda having the highest bell tower in Vietnam
Xa Loi Pagoda is located at 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Ward 7, District 3 and was open in 1961. Xa Loi Pagoda is famous for beautiful architecture and landscape. Its bell tower is the highest in Vietnam. It is 32 m high and has 7 floors. The bell is 2 tons of weight and hung on the highest floor. Its sound propagates very far. The pagoda is for worshiping xa loi of the Buddha, so it is named Xa Loi pagoda. It is the first pagoda to build with modern architecture. The front is for worship, and the back is for teaching the reason of Buddha. Read more…
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