Quiet and peaceful Pho Quang Pag
Quiet and peaceful Pho Quang
Situated at 64/3
Pho Quang Street, Precinct 2, Tan Binh District, near the end of a path, Pho
Quang Pagoda is associated with the rise and fall of the national history; and
attracts lots of tourists with beautiful and peaceful landscapes.
Out of the crowded
and noisy daily life of the city, Pho Quang Pagoda looks like a heaven filled
with mystery, bringing about a soft and gentle feeling in anyone on their
first step into it.
Pho Quang Pagoda
was started by the superior Buddhist monk Nguyen Viet Tao (religious name Thanh
Canh) in 1952 with simple and rudimentary architecture. It was rebuilt in 1960
with many modern features designed by architect Nguyen Ngoc Ban, according to
the superior Buddhist monk Thich Nhu Niem, the pagoda�s present head.
Since 1999, Pho Quang Pagoda has come under the management of the Buddhism
Association of Ho Chi Minh City headed by the superior Buddhist monk Thich Nhu
Niem. Through rise and fall, Pho Quang Pagoda still remains with its primitive
picturesque beauty from a little curved roof shining with sunlight in the
afternoon and a rising wind that makes the scene pleasant and incredible. The
pagoda�s campus is now more than 6,000m2, shaded with rows of trees in its front
yard and main palace.
In front, situated
within the three-door temple gate decorated in the style of a bee-tower and
tile-roof is the 1.2 ton Great Bell, which was cast in 1962. Stepping over the
gate, two East and West rows of houses, which have been lying peacefully since
the time immemorial, appear to the eyes. The path leading into the main palace
is shaded by trees. The main palace is seriously and solemnly arranged with a
big and majestic statue of Buddha Amitabha nearly 7m high and over 5m wide
engraved by Phuc Dien. In the middleare ten great 0.6 meter halls made of wood
in 1950. Its inner walls are decorated with large-frame-pictures describing
legends concerning the tenets of the Buddhist faith. The main palace is very
wide and pleasant and majestic. The architecture is quite unique with
characteristics of the old Northern pagodas.
One of the
features that makes Pho Quang Pagoda attractive to tourists is the peace and
calm uncommon in the city center crowded with people and vehicles. The pagoda�s
old gate is standing here as it used to be, together with curved roofs amid
green trees. Standing here at any time, you can free your soul and enjoy birds
singing, and thus leave all daily worries and troubles behind. The beauty of Pho
Quang Pagoda is in harmony with the surrounding landscape. That is why Pho Quang
greets a large number of tourists coming here to worship, visit and release
themselves among the airy and cool spaces.