Vietnam720: The information below on this Phung Son Pagoda is taken from Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet: Phung Son Pagoda is extremely rich in statuary made of bronze, wood, ceramic and beaten copper. It’s peopled with a mix of gilded and beautifully carved statues (some painted). This Vietnamese Buddhist pagoda was built between 1802 and 1820 on the site of structures from the Funan period, dating back at least to the early centuries of Christianity. Other foundations of Funanese buildings have also been discovered here.
Vietnam720: The statue below is to commemorate the story that made Phung Son Pagoda famous.
Lonely Planet: Many years ago, it was decided that the Phung Son Pagoda should be moved to a different location. All of the ritual objects were loaded on to the back of a white elephant for transportation. On the way to the new site, the elephant slipped and all of the precious objects fell into a nearby pond. This event was interpreted as a sign that the Phung Son Pagoda should remain at its original location. All of the ritual objects were retrieved, except the bell, which locals say was heard ringing whenever there was a new or full moon up until a century ago.
Vietnam720: Parting shot- check out this tree which is in the backyard.
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