The pagoda’s Kim Cuong Dai Bi tower has 158 statues of Buddha and Vietnamese generals and heroes throughout the history of the country from the time of the Hung Kings to that of Ho Chi Minh. Thanh Quang pagoda originally had Tuong Quoc (national general) temple which was dedicated to the Hung Kings and generals with meritorious services to the nation. This temple was destroyed by the French in 1947 and was rebuilt by Man Xa villagers in 2000. The temple has five parts entirely made of wood, with a roof curved in four corners in the shape of a knife.
Kim Cuong Dai Bi tower inThanh Quang pagoda. Photo: Khanh Long
In 2012, Thanh Quang pagoda was upgraded jointly by local authorities and the Hanaka group, including the building of the 15-story Dai Bi Kim Cuong tower.
The tower not only promotes the values of Buddhism but also honors the merits of the ancestors in the building and defense of the country.
|Dai Bi Kim Cuong tower has set a world record for the largest gold gilded bronze bells with the first-ever auto-strike system. Tuong Quoc temple has received seven national records, including being the temple worshipping the largest number of national heroes and generals.