Photo: Coils and coils.

Ong Pagoda

Our rating:

Ong Pagoda (Chua Ong) is a brief diversion that is well worth popping into for eye popping photos.

Squeezed in on the river road (Hai Ba Trung St) along the tourist strip in downtown Can Tho, Ong Pagoda was built at the end of the 19th century by Chinese descendants, part of the Kuang-Tsao Assembly Hall. Chinese Assembly Halls were important for the Chinese as they became community centres and centres of worship and governance.

Did we mention the coils? Photo taken in or around Ong Pagoda, Can Tho, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Did we mention the coils? Photo: Cindy Fan

Information at the entrance explains that much of the materials, from pillars to the rafters, came from Kuang Tong, China and the copper incense burners embossed with Chinese characters date back to 1896. The temple honours Kuan-Kung, a deity that symbolises cleverness, loyalty, reason, justice, intelligence and honour, but like all temples, there are shrines for many other deities including the Goddess of Fortune on the right and the General Ma Tien on the left.

Upon entering visitors will be overwhelmed by the smokey sight and smell of burning incense, while near innumerable conical coils smoulder above in a stunning, and very photogenic, fashion.

More coils. Photo taken in or around Ong Pagoda, Can Tho, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

More coils. Photo: Cindy Fan

There’s no admission to Ong Pagoda, only a fee for motorbike parking. You can find the Pagoda at 32 Hai Ba Trung St, across the river, park and boat piers, south of Thu Khoa Huan St.

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Ong Pagoda
Hai Ba Trung St
Admission: Free

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