To Buddhists, the Buddha’s Birthday (on April 15th on lunar calendar every year) is a big festival. It is also the occasion for members of the family to go to the pagoda for peaceful and happy worshipping. To celebrate this day, almost pagodas are decorated carefully. The 8 following pagodas are the places you can visit in the Buddha’s Birthday celebration this year.
Vinh Nghiem pagoda
Located in Nam Ky Khoi Nghia road, Vinh Nghiem pagoda has many Budhists and visitors coming for worship. It was built in 1964 and is one of the most spacious pagodas in Saigon.
The pagoda has a unique architecture with the curved roof in the style of Northern pagodas. At the top of the roof are The Falun Dafa wheel and Phoenix pattern. Especially, the pagoda also has the carvings of many famous pagodas in Vietnam and in some countries in Asia.
Pho Quang pagoda
Pho Quang Pagoda is located at 64/3 Huynh Lan Khanh, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, belonging to the Northern Sect. Located near the end of a small road, the scenery is beautiful and peaceful. In particular, here at any time of the day you can hear birds chirping. This is a place that attracts many visitors to visit on the full moon or other major holidays such as Buddha’s birthday.
Phap Hoa pagoda
Located at 870 Truong Sa, Ward 14, District 3, Phap Hoa pagoda is also one of the beautifully decorated pagodas to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. The entire campus of the pagoda is covered with the colorful lantern. The main hall is also decorated with large altars and statues and paintings depicting the scene of Buddha’s birth creating a serious atmosphere. In particular, passing through this area at night, you will see the pagoda became sparkling thanks to the lanterns in it.
Ngoc Hoang Pagoda
Ngoc Hoang Pagoda or Phuoc Hai Pagoda, located on Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, is one of the sacred pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City. Built between 1892 and 1900, Ngoc Hoang Pagoda is situated on an area of over 2,000 m². It is formerly known as the pagoda for wishing doing business, peace, blessings and especially the wish to have a baby. In particular, this is where former US President Barack Obama visited in May 2016.
Hoang Phap Pagoda
Hoang Phap Pagoda is a pagoda in Hoc Mon, was founded in 1957. The pagoda has the ancient look of the northern pagoda with a curved corner, two tiled roofs. The whole foundation, momentum, columns, ceiling, roof are solid concrete castings, brick wall, ceramic tile exterior surface, painted inside, Granite floor tiles imported from Spain and the whole door, the lam in precious wood, carved very sophisticated. Currently, Hoang Phap Pagoda is famous for attracting Buddhist followers in Saigon and surrounding areas to visit and take part in Buddhist retreats.
Thien Hau pagoda
Also called Ba Cho Lon Pagoda was built in 1760, located at 710 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11, District 5. This is considered one of the oldest pagodas of Chinese in Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda features bold Chinese architecture with 4 houses linked together. Currently, Thien Hau Pagoda is one of the spiritual cultural activities for many Chinese people in Saigon and surrounding areas. Not only that, the pagoda is considered as a high-value architectural works in terms of technique, art, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit.
Buu Long Pagoda
Located on a hill on the west bank of the Dong Nai River, Buu Long Pagoda is located at 81 Nguyen Xien, Long Binh Ward, District 9, about 20 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. From a distance, visitors can identify the temple through the image of the brilliant yellow stupendous prominent on the skyline. Not only standing out by the golden stupa, the pagoda is also impressed by its exquisite carvings.
Vietnam Quoc Tu (The Vietnam national pagoda)
In a pure space, with old trees shading all year round, Vietnam Quoc Tu (3/2 street) is a beautiful and historic architectural work. Inside the pagoda there is a 7-storeyed tower and Buddhist scenes for nuns and pilgrims to worship. Up to now, the Vietnam National Pagoda is still a popular destination for Buddhist followers.
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