Vinh Trang Pagoda - The Best Buddhist Temple in My Tho

Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho: If anyone has once visited in Tien Giang to enjoy the taste of the river and garden of Thoi Son island, see the nature reserve at Dong Tam snake farm, but have not yet admired the beauty of combining Asia and European architecture Vinh Trang pagoda, that will be the big miss out. The architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda is a harmonious combination of Asian and European types of architecture, creating the splendid, but simple features of this Buddhist pagoda.

Vinh Trang Pagoda

  • Location: Nguyen Trung Truc street, My Tho city, Tien Giang province.
  • Opening Hours: From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Everyday
  • Dress Code: Decent Cloths to cover your shoulders & knees
  • Entrance Fee: Free of Charge

History of Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho, Tien Giang:

Formerly, there was a small leaf hermitage set up in the early 19th century by District Chief Bui Cong Dat. In 1849, the Most Venerable Monk Thich Hue Dang built a big pagoda and named it Vinh Trang Pagoda. In 1890, lay-Buddhists came to the Royal-Chartered Linh Thuu Pagoda to invite the Most Venerable Thich Chanh Hau take charge of the Abbot of the Pagoda.

In 1895, Monk Thich Chanh Hau had the Pagoda reconstructed. The pagoda has many netlike panels, horizontal boards and oblong boards of the parallel sentences. These netlike panels were elaborately carved. The Most Venerable Thich Minh Dang who had the Triple Gate, the main hall and the Patria. The pagoda has many netlike panels, horizontal boards and oblong boards of the parallel sentences.

Architecture and Structure of Vinh Trang Pagoda:

Vinh Trang Pagoda is one of the greatest pagoda in Tien Giang Province, in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees. It was built in 1849 in My Phong village, My Tho City, in the shape of  “Quốc – Means Nation” letter of Chinese characters. The pagoda includes four large departments connected with each other: the front department, the main department, the worship department and the back department, bearing a combination of European-Asian architecture and creating a splendid beauty, solemnity, but purity.

Vinh Trang Pagoda Photo

The beautiful structure features a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese and Angkor (Cambodian) architectural styles. The pagoda consists of five buildings, two ornamental yards and 178 pillars. The extremely beautiful structures in the pagoda are two triumphal arches bearing an art of inserting bottle and porcelain fragments which create harmonious pictures illustrating the Buddha’s legendaries.

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, not two, in the west of South Vietnam, made by a snumber of artists in 1907. Graves of Buddhist priests who took care of the pagoda are scattered around. These graves are decorated with carefully engraved flagstones.

There are three entrances to the pagoda. The central iron gate is always closed, while the two side gates, which are designed in the co lau style are open. The side gates are adorned with colorful porcelain mosaics featuring Buddhist folktales and natural scenery. The facade of Vinh Trang Pagoda contains both Asian and European architecture including elements from the Renaissance period, Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile. From afar, the pagoda resembles the five-tower Angkor Temple.

Vinh Trang Pagoda

According to locals, a monk named Minh Dan and an architect named Huynh Tri Phu traveled to Cambodia prior to building the pagoda for inspiration and eventually combined Khmer architecture with European styles for the pagoda. Vinh Trang Pagoda 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.

The pagoda is surrounded by gardens of ornamental trees, ancient trees and bonsai, creating a peaceful atmosphere. It provided shelter for Vietnamese patriots and is recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the government.

How to Get to Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho?

From Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, you go in the direction of National Highway 1A by Car / Taxi / Motorbike to the center of My Tho city. Then follow provincial road 879 about 3km, to Vinh Trang park, then turn left about 300m to Vinh Trang pagoda.

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