Three touristic spiritual spots in Vietnam’s Southern province

Chau Thoi, Hoi Khanh or Tay Tang Pagoda attracts visitors for theirs architectural, spiritual, and religious significance.


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Established in 1681, Chau Thoi Pagoda is located on Chau Thoi mountain, Binh An commune, Di An District. Initially, this place was just a workshop set up by a Zen master named Khanh Long. Over 300 years after, this place was built into Chau Thoi Pagoda. (Photo: Simon Kulkov/Instagram)
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The pagoda is a diverse architectural complex including the main hall, the temple of Wuxing Mothers, Thien Thu Thien Nhan, Linh Son Mother, and Jade Emperor. This place also preserves three ancient stone Buddha statues and a jackfruit wooden Guan Yin statue with the age of more than 100 years. On the first day of lunar months, full moon, Tet holiday, Chau Thoi pagoda welcomes tourists from all over to pray for family peace. (Photo: @phatminhle/Instagram)
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During the reign of King Le Hien Tong, Hoi Khanh Pagoda was built. In 1868, during the reign of King Tu Duc, the pagoda was severely destroyed due to the war, and then rebuilt thanks to the efforts of Thich Canh Dac. The pagoda has been maintained to this day at 35 Yersin, Phu Cuong ward, Thu Dau Mot city. The architecture of the pagoda is designed with 4 parts: front hall, main hall, lecture hall with 92 wooden columns and a pair of Eastern-Western halls. (Photo: Quynh Tran/VN Express)
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There is also a 22m-high Buddha statue built in front of the pagoda. This statue is recognized by the Asian Foundation as “The longest Buddha statue lying on the roof of a pagoda in Asia”. (Photo: Quynh Tran/ VN Express)
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Tay Tang pagoda is located in Thu Dau Mot city. It was built in 1928 with the first name “Buu Huong pagoda”. In 1937 the pagoda was renamed Tay Tang (Tibet) after the abbot’s trip to Tibet to study Buddhism. At the time of construction, the pagoda was just a small shrine dedicated to Buddha. After a major restoration in 1992, the pagoda resembled a tantric temple in Tibet. The main hall is surrounded by a towering garden with a square structure. Its highlight is the stupa to worship relics and the quadrilateral with a height of over 15m. On the rooftop lie five shrines to worship 5 Buddhas. Only on the full moon days or big holidays, the pagoda’s rooftop is open for visitors. (Photo: Quynh Tran/ VN Express)
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Behind the main hall is the statue of Dat Ma Su To (Bodhidharma), confirmed by the Vietnam Record book as the largest hair statue in Vietnam. The statue was made in 1982, nearly 3m high. The material for the statue is mainly hair obtained from Buddhists and an iron frame. (Photo: Quynh Tran/ VN Express)
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Initially, Ba Thien Hau pagoda was located on the Huong Chu Hieu canal. In 1923, after the temple was damaged by fire, four Chinese states in Binh Dinh joined forces to rebuild this pagoda 4 Nguyen Du Street, Thu Dau Mot City. The pagoda consists of three rows of houses, in the middle is the main hall and two rows of houses on the Eastern and Western sides. In the temple yard, in front of the main hall door, there is a large censer. (Photo: tamngu/ VN Express)
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The festival held by this pagoda is one of the biggest festivals in the province, held annually on the full moon day of January, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims. (Photo: Thanh Van/ VN Express)
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Ong Ngua pagoda (Thanh An pagoda) is located on Hung Vuong street, Phu Cuong ward, Thu Dau Mot city. The pagoda has a “Nhat” shaped architecture, including a row of houses, built in the architectural style of Hue pagodas. Most of the structure of the main hall is made of wood, later replaced by concrete when restored. (Photo: VN Express)
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On the gate of this pagoda places a horse statue that everyone stops at when passing to pray for peace. (Photo: Bui Thuy Dao Nguyen/VN Express)