We like the ruins here
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th September, 2018
Set to the south of town, near the bus station, Chua Phuong sits in a large stand of forest to the south of downtown Tra Vinh.
This site is worth visiting not so much for the new pagoda (though it does have lollipop-styled columns within), but for the ruined old pagoda which sits in the eastern part of the forest enclosure.
It’s little more than an overgrown pile of rubble, but it tickled our fancy. The roof has all collapsed, but parts of the walls remain as does sections of the balustrades and staircases. As with all the Khmer temples we’ve listed, Chua Phuong is in a forest grove and you’ll be surprised just how quickly the drone of the traffic drops away.
The temple is on Nguyen Dang towards the southern reaches of Tra Vinh, but the primary entrance is on Son Thong, a road which is a southbound continuation of Kien Thi Nhan and runs to the south midway along Nguyen Dang. This is a walkable distance from the central market, which is about 1.5km away.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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