Phung Son Pagoda

Interesting backstory

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This pagoda is a bit of a walk from the centre of Cholon, but worth a visit nonetheless.

It has been rebuilt a number of times, but was originally erected on what are thought to have been Funan ruins.

At one time, plans were made to move the pagoda to another site. To facilitate this move, a large white elephant was loaded up with all the valuable items and was to be led to the new site but the beast stumbled more or less where it was loaded, dropping all the valuables into the pond still there. This was taken as a clear message from the gods that the pagoda was to stay exactly where it was.

The pagoda is surrounded by a number of interesting monks' tombs.

More details
1408 3 Thang 2 Blvd, District 5
Opening Hours: Daily 05:00-19:00
Last updated: 14th February, 2012

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