Originally founded in 1454 by Minh Hai, a Chinese Buddhist Monk, this makes Chuc Thanh Pagoda Hoi An’s oldest temple. If there is one temple to visit in Hoi An, this is it. The beautiful ancient gateway is still standing, and seeing this alone is worth the journey to the outskirts of the town centre.
A large modern gate has been built in front of it and on the left you'll see three newer pagodas. There's also an extensive cemetery plot to the right that you can wander through. The temple contains antique gongs which are said to be more than 200 years old. The shady, peaceful property is pleasant to stroll around.
Chuc Thanh is easy to find. Travel west on Ly Thuong Kiet Street, which becomes Nguyen Tat Thanh Street. A block past Hai Ba Trung Street, turn right/head north on Tran Van Du Street until the end.
Chuc Thanh is 500 metres from Phuoc Lam Pagoda so it makes sense to see them together. From Chuc Thanh, simply head west on Ton Duc Thang Street, and turn right/go north on Le Hong Phong Street. You’ll see Phuoc Lam on the northwest corner, set back from the road.
By Cindy Fan.
Last updated on 19th September, 2016.
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