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Xa Loi Pagoda

Xa Loi Pagoda

Xa Loi Pagoda

 

The Xa Loi Pagoda is located on a quiet area in HCM City�s District 3. Its main gate faces Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street and the auxiliary gate is on Su Thien Chieu Street. The pagoda was built in August 1956 from contributions of people around 21 southern provinces. Its design was made by architects Tran Van Duong and Do Ba Vinh. The pagoda was opened in May 1958.

 

The Vietnamese Society of Buddhism organized the pagoda�s construction for  the purpose of worshiping the remains of Buddha. The monastic community and buddhists got accustomed to calling it Xa Loi Pagoda, so the pagoda was inaugurated as such, being a familiar name to everybody.

 

The pagoda includes the sanctuary, halls, a library, office, living rooms and other areas. The 31-meter by 15-meter sanctuary on the first floor is decorated simply and solemnly, for worshipping the statue of Buddha which was made in 1958 by the Bien Hoa Fine Arts School. On the walls are paintings introducing the life of Buddha. The paintings were drawn in 1959-1960 by Nguyen Van Long. On the left side of the pagoda is a seven-story tower, built from December 1960 to December 1961.

 

The pagoda used to be the headquarters of the Vietnamese Society of Buddhism, which was set up in 1951 in Saigon (now HCM City). From 1981 to May 1993, the pagoda became the southern office of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha. The office was then moved to Quang Duc Zen Monastery at 294 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3.

 

Thanks to its historical value and contributions to Buddhism, Xa Loi Pagoda receives a lot of international guests, buddhists and domestic visitors.


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