Vinh Trang Pagoda – The 150-year-old pagoda in Tien Giang

Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in the middle of the 19th century, with a combination of French, Roman, Khmer, Chinese, Vietnamese styles …

Vinh Trang Pagoda (My Tho City, Tien Giang) was formed in the early 19th century. In 1849, the pagoda was rebuilt and named Vinh Truong. People in the area are still familiar with this name.

Vinh Trang pagoda gate (Tien Giang, Vietnam)
Vinh Trang pagoda gate

The pagoda has an area of about 20,000 m2 with Buddha statues, bell towers, the main hall, the ancestral house …, which is a tourist attraction that attracts many tourists when coming to Tien Giang.

In front of the pagoda, a gate built in the form of an old house, made by Hue artisans. The middle gate is made of iron in the French style. On the original floor, there are statues of monks with meritorious services to the pagoda, later replaced with Buddha statues.

On the roof floor, the three-door gate is finely decorated with statues of the dragon, unicorn, mandarin, phoenix…Decorative materials made of porcelain from Vietnam and China with blue glaze creates iridescent colors.

The unique architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda
The unique architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda

Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in the form of the script, roofed with red tiles, with construction materials of cement and precious wood. The work has an area of 1,400 m2, including four consecutive rooms, the front hall, the main hall, the ancestral house, and the back house.

The main facade of the pagoda is built of concrete, the overall look like an old French house. Part of the roof of the pagoda is influenced by Khmer culture, decorative ceramic tiles originating from Japan.

Columns in the front and along the hallway of the pagoda are slender, with curved arches. On the dome, it is decorated with a Roman architectural pattern mixed with Western Renaissance style. The gates and windows are made of iron like a French villa.

Giant statues of Buddhas in Vinh Trang pagoda
Giant statues of Buddhas in Vinh Trang pagoda

On the campus, there are new constructions such as the 20 m high Buddha, 250 tons in weight. Construction inaugurated in 2010.

Behind the main hall is the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in the posture of nirvana with a length of 32 m. This was inaugurated in 2013. The large statues in the temple are exquisitely carved, exuding the serenity and freedom of Buddha.

Spacious and serene pagoda space with many trees, bonsai, flowers, lotus pond … creates a pleasant feeling for visitors after the Buddha worship.

Vietnam Record Book Center has established: Vinh Trang Pagoda – is the first Vietnamese pagoda to combine architectural styles between the East and the West in 2007.

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