Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Province

Vietnam is that Asian country where you can often see Buddhist temples. But just as in our country different temples - different historical value. One of the important and especially valuable sights - vinh trang pagoda. The pagoda is close to Mekong Delta, My Tho province. The place is visited and unique, called “Heart and soul of Vietnam“. The pagoda is a whole complex in which there is something to see and explore. Name in Vietnamese Vinh Trang Pagoda, in English - Vinh Trang Pagoda. In this article I will share my impressions of the visit and give some recommendations.

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Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in the 19th century. The total temple area of ​​the complex is about two square kilometers. The statues of the three Buddhas deserve special attention.

In front of the entrance to the pagoda is located standing buddha statuesurrounded by park and flowers. Surprisingly, it is here that there are the least number of tourists and visitors, since in fact the place is located outside the walls of the temple.

The height of the monument is about 23-25 ​​meters. The statue of the teacher froze in a pose with gestures Mudra Varada - for Buddhists, this is a sign of greeting and mercy.

To the left of the entrance to the pagoda is a statue seated buddhaHe is the laughing Buddha. On the territory of the temple, this monument appeared only in 2010.

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Buddha Bo Dai or Hotei (or even a fat Buddha) - the most popular part of the pagoda and evokes the most cheerful emotions among visitors.

The reclining Buddha statue is located at the end of the entire park. In size, this statue is not inferior to the standing Buddha, it symbolizes the transition from worldly life to peace.

Also, a multi-tiered (as many as seven tiers) Chinese-style tower deserves special attention.

As you know, China has had a huge impact on many aspects of life. Vietnam. Including architecture. Curved vaults are made in this way with a specific purpose - to drive away evil spirits. And the tiers are a symbol of the ascent and enlightenment of the Buddha. There are 7 of them, exactly as many Buddhas lived in different periods of time.

The Vinh Trang pagoda itself welcomes you with dozens of halls and hundreds of little things. There is an atmosphere of serenity in the air.

Altars are located almost along the entire perimeter, each dedicated to its own deity.

One of the main altars of the pagoda is dedicated to Buddha Amitabha. Occupies a central place, also has the name “Buddha of Wisdom".

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Useful information and ways to get to Vinh Trang Pagoda

  • Opening hours: 09:00-11:30 and 13:30-17:00
  • Entrance is free for everyone
  • Address: ấp Mỹ An, Phường 8, Thành phố Mỹ Tho, Tiền Giang, Vietnam
  • Phone: (+ 84) 273 3873 427

Most often, the pagoda is visited during an excursion to the Mekong Delta. You can drive on your own from Ho Chi Minh City by public transport (ticket about $3).

The temple has a number of general rules:

  • Don't forget to cover your shoulders and knees. Despite the heat, avoid wearing dresses and shorts when entering the pagoda. Yes, many tourists do not pay attention to this rule, but this is not respectful, do not do this. Take off your hats.
  • During the rainy season, take off your raincoat and leave your umbrella before visiting the pagoda.
  • Want to see local monks? Then it is better to visit the pagoda before 10 am.
  • It is convenient to visit the pagoda before closing, there are much fewer tourists
  • Avoid screams and noise inside the temple
  • Near each Buddha statue, you can light an incense stick for free, asking for blessings or fulfillment of a wish.

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