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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

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It’s not the oldest, biggest or most important, but Vinh Nghiem Pagoda makes up for it with elaborate, ornate interiors.

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Located next to the canal at the end of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, builders needed seven years and tons of earth to turn the swamp land into a 6,000 square metre complex that includes a school and two storey main building. It was opened in 1971, while the 35 m stone tower behind it was added in 2003. Today there’s even a vegetarian restaurant on site.

The interior is not understated. Photo taken in or around Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

The interior is not understated. Photo: Cindy Fan

Inside is a riot of red and gold decorations. The best reason to visit Vinh Nghiem is to witness one of the many celebrations the temple hosts. The area becomes packed with people on important days. The large bowls of incense grow into piles of smouldering ash, the main hall fills with people praying, there’s a queue to ring the large bell and the front gate turns into a mini market with vendors selling bushels of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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