Tags: Attractions, Culture, Photos, Temples
2 personal observations on the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho before I pass you a few quick facts follow by a photo slideshow.
Observation #1: Vinh Trang Pagoda is one of the few pagodas that I find the exterior to be more attractive than the interior.
Observation #2: You can’t find too many information on Vinh Trang Pagoda on the internet. This is because it is located in My Tho which is not the more popular destination for the Mekong Delta. It’s a pity because I think Vinh Trang Pogoda is attractive and certainly worth a visit. Side note: I’m falling in love with My Tho. You should watch this space for more on what My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta, has to offer.
Now the facts…
Fact #1: Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in 1849. This makes it 161 years old by now.
Fact #2: It features a mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Angkor (Cambodian), French and Japanese architectural styles.
Fact #3: The pagoda consists of five buildings, two ornamental yards and 178 pillars.
Fact #4: The graves at the side are of the Buddhist priests who used to take care of the pagoda.
Fact #5: There are five domes jutting out from the top of Vinh Trang Pagoda’s roof to symbolize the five basic elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, according to Eastern philosophy.