Vinh Trang Temple

Attraction Chùa Vĩnh Tràng Nguyễn Trung Trực tp. Mỹ Tho Tiền Giang, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Vinh Trang Temple is the most famous Buddhist architectural temple in the southern Vietnam. The peaceful temple is like a palace with flower gardens and fruit trees.

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Why Vinh Trang Temple is special ?

Vinh Trang Temple is a Buddhist temple near My Tho in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. It is the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province, in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees. Vinh Trang Temple was built in 1849 in My Phong village, My Tho City, in the shape of “Nation” letter of Chinese characters. The pagoda includes four large departments connected with each other: the front department, the main department, the worship department and the back department, bearing a combination of European-Asian architecture and creating a splendid beauty, solemnity, but purity. The architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda is a harmonious combination of Asian and European types of architecture, creating the splendid, but simple features of this Buddhist pagoda.


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What to explore at Vinh Trang Temple?

The pagoda consists of five buildings, two ornamental yards and 178 pillars. The extremely beautiful structures in the pagoda are two triumphal arches bearing an art of inserting bottle and porcelain fragments which create harmonious pictures illustrating the Buddha’s legendary. Inside the pagoda, there is a set of pictures “eight angels riding on animals” another set of statues of the Amitabha Holy Trinity carved in bronze, as big as a man, and more particularly, the set of the eighteen Arhants, wood carving work, is the only one, not two, in the west of South Vietnam, made by a number of artists in 1907. Graves of Buddhist priests who took care of the pagoda are scattered around. These graves are decorated with carefully engraved flagstones.

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How to get to Vinh Trang Temple?

The really beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda is easily reached either by a pleasant bike ride or can be walked too while staying at My Tho, Vietnam.

How to get there if staying in My Tho: Fom the river front turn left along Trung Trac which goes alongside the Bao Dinh Canal. Turn right across the second bridge and then continue along Nguyen Van Giac to a main road junction. Turn left into Nguyen Trung Truc and the complex is just a short way along on the right. You cannot miss the pagoda as It is fronted by gardens and a very visible and huge standing Buddha.

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Selling points

  • Culturally deep and a serene atmosphere
  • Amazing pagoda with huge Buddha images
  • Beautiful flowers and garden
  • Like a palace
  • Cultural and historical site
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Estimated
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Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • There are some craft/souvenir shops within the grounds, you can also buy a drink and a snack such as crisps.
    Food
  • The well maintained gardens have ponds with beautiful lotus plants which are easy to photograph as you can get really close.
    Photography
  • There is a monk tolling a bell if/when you put some money for the temple into an urn.
    Things to do
  • You are also allowed to go inside the Temple (shoes and hats off) and there are beautiful wood carvings inside.
    Things to do
  • There are officials at the gate and if you are cycling they will point you out where to leave your bikes and also keep an eye on them for you.
    Service
  • There are three entrances to the pagoda. The central iron gate is always closed, while the two side gates, which are designed in the co lau style are open.
    What to know

Reviews

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We visited Vinh Trang Temple as part of our Mekong Delta day tour with TNK travel (My Tho to Ben Tre). We had about 30 minutes to explore and took quite a few photos around the grounds. There are huge statues, lovely gardens, pagodas and lotus flowers. The temple itself is rather impressive with its unique architecture, gold and silver plated designs, polished interior and interesting detail. The whole place has an air of tranquility about it.I found it a little disappointing that even in just thirty minutes of looking around, I saw tourists who paid no attention whatsoever to the politely stated rules of the temple (like discreet dress, no loud talking, no shorts inside the temple etc) and it seems a pity that tourists who come to admire the local way of life (as is their privilege, not their right) would ruin it with their complete disregard for the culture and disrespect to its people. In my opinion, tourism is not about imposing ourselves on to others, it's about learning, respecting and experiencing the local culture in order to enhance our own understanding and appreciation of life. Something to think about.

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There's plenty to see at this temple, which is set within 2 hectares and was restored mainly in the first half of the 20th century. You'll see ornate buildings, massive Buddha statues and well tended gardens. I visited this as a stop on an organized tour and so felt a little hurried - it would have been nice to have had more time to soak up the atmosphere of this place.

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We stopped to visit Vinh Trang temple on our way to the Mekong Delta. It is a pleasure to visit, the buildings are beautiful, the statues are enormous and there is an air of tranquility and good humour in the temple despite the visitors (all of whom seemed respectful from what I could see). There is a shop and we were willing to spend a small amount of money on trinkets there. It was good to have a guide who was able to give us further insight into some elements of what we were seeing.

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We visited Vinh Trang Temple as part of our Mekong Delta day tour with TNK travel (My Tho to Ben Tre). We had about 30 minutes to explore and took quite a few photos around the grounds. There are huge statues, lovely gardens, pagodas and lotus flowers. The temple itself is rather impressive with its unique architecture, gold and silver plated designs, polished interior and interesting detail. The whole place has an air of tranquility about it. I found it a little disappointing that even in just thirty minutes of looking around, I saw tourists who paid no attention whatsoever to the politely stated rules of the temple (like discreet dress, no loud talking, no shorts inside the temple etc) and it seems a pity that tourists who come to admire the local way of life (as is their privilege, not their right) would ruin it with their complete disregard for the culture and disrespect to its people. In my opinion, tourism is not about imposing ourselves on to others, it's about learning, respecting and experiencing the local culture in order to enhance our own understanding and appreciation of life. Something to think about.

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