The garden was planted in 2010 by Pham Van Dung, a resident in Dai Son Ward, Phan Rang – Thap Cham City in Ninh Thuan Province.

Dung bought 200 Sala trees, which have the scientific name of Couroupita Guianensis, from Cambodia. He presented 100 of these trees to Buddhist temples in Phan Rang – Thap Cham City while the remainder were planted in his garden.

The garden has now developed to contain more than 500 trees of different shapes and sizes.

In addition to trees with shapes featuring the Buddha’s philosophy, Dung’s garden also includes trees with shapes conveying love for the motherland and the call for protecting our green planet.

Pham Van Dung standing and posing next to a Sala tree in his garden.

It required a lot of time and effort to shape the trees. Dung had to begin trimming to create the shapes of the trees from when they were still young with the use of iron frames that he made by himself.

Visitors took a photo next to a Sala tree which is shaped into Bodhisattva’s heart.

Dung said he hopes that everyone who comes to his garden will feel relieved and relaxed with open hearts and rediscover the taste of benevolence to live a better life.