The 383-year-old Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is home of the beautiful Hang Pagoda, built by the Khmer, situated on National Highway No.54, 4 km from Chau Thanh District.

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The 383-year-oldcolourful pagoda is a must-see destinationinthe Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

It is home to Theravada monks and also a place of worship for ethnic Khmer in the Xuan Hoa residential cluster.

Its architecture is a combination of the Khmer’s decorative art and the colourful designs of the Angkor culture. From its gates and roofs to interiors, there are numerous figures of birds, nymphs and Naga, the god of snakes.

The main hall has a high ceiling. An idol of the Buddha seated on a lotus is in the middle of the hall.

 

Outside the main hall, under a canopy of palm trees is a long line of towers built by Buddhist followers. The towers are in many different sizes depending on the donation made by each family.

In Khmer tradition, local people and Buddhists come to the pagoda to help prepare for festivals and other special celebrations. — VNS