Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

One of the largest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh city. Built between 1964 – 1971. It’s the first pagoda in Vietnam with traditional Vietnamese architecture but built with concrete. It is a seven-floor, 40-metre high tower with one pair of large dragons, 27 pairs of small dragons, phoenixes and countless lotuses, bodhi leaves, waves, bats and mantras are all intricately inscribed on the walls. This pagoda is partly influenced by Japanese style with a large bell inside the temple was given to the Vietnamese by Japanese Buddhists during wartime to symbolize prayers for peace. The seven-storey tower is influenced by the Japanese Kwan-Yin Tower built with the assistance of Japan – Vietnam Friendshiop Association. People come here to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha himself, and Samantabhadra, the Lord of Truth and Manjusri. This place is the home of sanctuary and tranquility as well as a great place to learn about Vietnamese culture. Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

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