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Vien Giac Pagoda

Vien Giac Pagoda

Vien Giac Pagoda


The Vien Giac Pagoda in HCM City�s Tan Binh District was built in 1955 by Monk Thich Hong Tinh. At first, it was a small cottage with the original name of Doc Giac Tu. Because of the religious demands of people, the pagoda was rebuilt larger and renamed Vien Giac, which means full enlightenment.


In 2001, The Venerable Thich Le Trang, the present chief monk, decided to restore the entire pagoda under the design of Architect Huynh Tan Phat. Construction was completed in 2003. The combination of oriental architecture and modern techniques creates an ancient and solemn look for the pagoda.


Inside the three-door gate sits the statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, with a happy smile. Next are the lim wood doors carved with the images of the 12 Jayas representing 12 animal designations. A 2.-5-meter-high statue of the Gautama Buddha sits at the center of the sanctuary, on either side are the statues of the 18 Arhats. Next to the sanctuary is the altar of Adida Buddha and the hall for releasing Buddha�s scriptures. All altars, pictures and horizontal lacquered boards were made of perfumed wood with sophisticated carving techniques.


On the right-side of the pagoda�s yard is a 25-meter high tower and a carved bronze censer weighing 90 kilograms.


Every year the pagoda receives a lot of buddhists and visitors, both from Vietnam and abroad.


Address: 193 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Tan Binh District

Tel: (08) 842 1300

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