Vinh Trang Pagoda
Worth a look if you have time on your hands
What we say:
Dating back to the late 19th century, this large, very peaceful pagoda and enclave is over a century old and can be found around one kilometre from the centre of My Tho on Route 828 on the way out of town.
The pagoda brings together Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer and European architectural styles and even if you are not particularly interest in pagodas, this is worth a visit for the range of styles on display. Three very large statues of buddhas in certain states of repose dominate the pagoda. A 50 foot standing praying buddha stands at the entrance and can't be missed. There is also a smiling sitting buddha and a reclining buddha on premises.
The pagoda has some very impressive woodwork within -- look for the dragon's tongues running down the wooden pillars on each side of the altar. On the side of the main pagoda is a small gift shop that sells all sorts of buddhism-related paraphernalia.
The temple does a lot of good work -- especially with homeless and other disadvantaged children and while admission is free, donations are very much appreciated.
More detailsAround 1km north of My Tho
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