If you want the experience of living with the local people in the Mekong Delta and enjoy learning about the Buddhism in Vietnam, you should not miss Vinh Trang Pagoda – a great, ancient pagoda in My Tho, Tien Giang Province.
Vinh Trang Pagoda is recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the government. This pagoda is in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees surrounded such as ornamental tree gardens, ancient trees and bonsai, creating a peaceful and fresh atmosphere. Besides, the architecture of the pagoda is a combination of Asian and European architecture, creating a splendid beauty, solemnity, but purity.
There are three entrances to the pagoda. The central iron gate is always closed. Meanwhile, the two side gates are opened and adorned with colorful porcelain mosaics featuring Buddhist folktales and natural scenery. The pagoda consists of five buildings, two ornamental yards and 178 pillars.
Inside the pagoda, there is a set of pictures “eight angels riding on animals” another set of statues of the Amitabha Holy Trinity carved in bronze, as big as a man, and more particularly, the set of the eighteen Arhants, wood carving work, is the only one in the west of South Vietnam, made by a number of artists in 1907. Vinh Trang Pagoda also houses 60 precious statues made from copper, wood and terracotta. The most valuable collection is the 18 arhats made from jackfruit tree wood in 1907. Additionally, the pagoda has a bell that was cast in 1854.
So far, Vinh Trang Pagoda has provided shelter for Vietnamese patriots and been known as a wonderful, peaceful and solemn place for Buddhists to respect toward their religion. It often holds Buddihism ceremonies and serves everybody vegetarian food. If you have a tour to Mekong Delta, do not forget to rest at Vinh Trang Pagoda. Take part with us and experience!