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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

Located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda with a large campus and voluminous architecture attracts thousands of tourists visiting each day.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

Vinh Nghiem - a sacred temple in Saigon

 

This ancient temple is located at 339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia (near Cong Ly bridge), ward 7, district 3. The pagoda was started in 1964 and completed in 1971. The designer for this project is architect Nguyen Ba Lang collaborated with Mr. Le Tan Chuyen and Co Van Hau.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

The temple grounds are about 6,000m2, consisting of three main areas, Tam Quan, the Central Building and a number of Chedi.

 

So what is in the temple?

 

1. Tam Quan gate

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

Tam Quan is a monumental structure of traditional style with curved red tile roof. From here, visitors can admire the scenery overlooking the campus of the temple. The temple yard is huge, opposite to the Tam quan gate is the central building and to the left of the yard is the 7-story Chedi.

 

2. Central building

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

This is a solid and majestic building consisting of 1 floor and 1 ground floor. The ground floor has 2 parts: the outer part is located below the terrace (3.20m high) and the inner part is under the Buddha temple (4.20m high). Inside is divided into the To church (with the altar of Bodhidharma), lecture halls, offices, libraries, halls, and classrooms. From the temple courtyard, the 23-step staircase leading up to the upper floor of the central building includes the terrace, the Buddha temple and Quan The Am Tower. The terrace is about 10m wide with a steeple on the right side.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

The magnificent Bai Dien is 35m long, 22m wide and 15m high.

 

In the middle of Bai Dien is the altar of Sakyamuni Buddha, on the left there is Bodhisattva Manjushri and the right is Bodhisattva Samantabhadra.

 

On the porch on either side of the entrance, each side has a quite large Kim Cang statue.

 

3. The Quan Am tower

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

Located on the left from the entrance gate, the tower has 7 floors and is nearly 40m high. This is one of the most massive towers in Vietnam.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon

4. Community Relics Tower

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in Saigon
Built in 1982, there are 4 floors of 25m high. This is the place containing the dead bodies of dead people that their family members sent and preserved in the temple.

 

5. Vinh Nghiem stone tower

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda - The mystery of the sacred temple in SaigonVisitors will see the tower on the right-hand side upon entering the temple, built in 2003 to worship the late Venerable Thich Thanh Kiem - one of the two senior monks who founded the temple. And this is the first stone tower in the South as well as ranked in the list of the largest and tallest stone towers in Vietnam.

 

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is one of the typical works for Vietnamese Buddhist architecture in the 20th century.

 

This is also the temple that attracts the top number of tourists visiting HCM City nowadays.

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