Go On A Journey To Discover The Magnificent Pagodas Of Ca Mau

The peaceful province of Ca Mau in Southern Vietnam is a well-known destination for stunning landscapes and hospitable people. In addition, it is home to numerous ancient pagodas, offering a spiritual ambiance for visitors.

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Coming to Ca Mau, tourists will be amazed at the wonderful, lavish scenery, and have a chance to enjoy the delicious traditional food. They can also discover the most famous historical relics, and pagodas with remarkable architectural structures that stand the test of time.

Monivongsa Bopharam Pagoda

Photo: gadaubac
Photo: gadaubac

Monivongsa Bophagram, a Khmer pagoda with a significant architecture of Theravada Buddhism, is the most beautiful and largest pagoda in Ca Mau. The pagoda was built in 1964, by Venerable Thach Ken calling for contributions from the Buddhist followers. The pagoda has an area of about 230 square meters, including the main hall, the sala, the houses of the monks, the shrine, and the lotus ponds.

The two main colors of the pagoda are red and golden yellow, which symbolize prosperity, peace, and luck. Each column of the Monivongsa Bophagram has an image of a fairy standing in the dome. The embossed figures appear alternately and throughout each architectural part of the place.

Photo: Du Lich Mien Tay
Photo: Du Lich Mien Tay

The main gate of the pagoda faces the East side. Above it is the picture of 3 towers representing the Three Realms or the Three Jewels, decorated with many sophisticated patterns. Just about 100 meters from the gate, tourists can see the large pagoda grounds that are surrounded by tall trees. A Khmer pagoda usually has a main gate and other side gates to welcome tourists and Buddhists coming here to worship and admire the majestic beauty of the place. This is also a common feature of the Khmer Nam Bo pagodas.

The most impressive part of Monivongsa Bopharam is the giant Buddha statue placed right in the middle of the courtyard, capturing the hearts of travelers and embracing the sacred atmosphere of the pagoda.

Thien Lam Pagoda

Photo: VinWonders
Photo: VinWonders

Thien Lam Pagoda, which is located in Tan Thanh Ward, and was built around 1810, has been undergoing restoration and embellishment in order to preserve its unique and sacred beauty.

The most outstanding architectural feature of Thien Lam Pagoda is the magnificent golden stupa with its pinnacle tens of meters high, engraved with delicate reliefs, and majestically soaring up in the sky. The stupa is iconic and representative of the unique characteristics of Theravada Buddhism at this 60-year-old pagoda.

Surrounding the spacious space with the stupa are green trees, statues, and landscapes in miniature having been brilliantly created and adorned. With sincere appreciation and a hand phone with a normal camera, you will get satisfying photos right after a few magic clicks. Therefore, many visitors to Thien Lam Pagoda feel as though they were lost in the “Land of Golden Pagoda” in Hue with stupas, colors, and architecture.

Meanwhile, many young travelers choose Thien Lam Pagoda as the place to preserve their youth. With sophistication and investment, they decide to put on the traditional Chakkri (Thai traditional costume) to check in at the “Land of Golden Pagoda”.

Another feature of Thien Lam Pagoda is its delicate beauty regardless of the weather. On sunny days, the landscape of the Pagoda brightens with vitality; and this is a very suitable time for a sightseeing stroll. What is more particular is that the continual rain embellishes the unique beauty of the pagoda.

Ngoc Minh Vihara

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Photo: phatgiao.org

Ngoc Minh Vihara is located at 45/3A, Phan Ngoc Hien Street, Ward 5, established in 1964 by nun Ngoc Lien abbot. Currently, Ngoc Minh Vihara is run by Nun Nhat Minh and more than 30 nuns study and practice Buddhism.

The two sides of the vihara are a Buddhist area depicting the life of Shakyamuni Buddha from his birth, practice, and conversion of the Dharma wheel to Nivarna. To the left of the main hall, there are 5 rockeries, which are the residence of Lord Avalokiteshvara, and on the top of the mountain are three majestic statues of Buddha for worshippers to admire.

Rach Giong Pagoda

Photo: Du Lich Mien Tay
Photo: Du Lich Mien Tay

Rach Giong Pagoda is one of the Khmer temples built quite early in Ca Mau province. The pagoda is the center of spiritual culture, and religious beliefs of the Khmer – Kinh – Hoa communities. At the same time, the pagoda is also a school, a place to play, entertain, enjoy, and create cultural values of the Khmer ethnic people.

Every year, there are many periodic festivals taking place in the temple areas, such as the ceremony of offering the kashāya (Offering to Y Ka Thina), which is held from September 16 to October 15 of the lunar calendar; The ceremony is to order squeezed rice (Phua Chum Bon), which takes place within half a month at the end of August, or the Buddha’s Birthday (Bon Visaka Bochesa), is held on the full moon of the 4th lunar month. This is a big ceremony in Buddhism and has become a custom, deeply ingrained in the minds of every Khmer here.

Charlotte Pho