The Chinese Palatial Architecture Style Featured in Minh Pagoda

Published:  04:08 Wednesday - January 04, 2012

Traveling to Bac Lieu province, tourists in Vietnam travel will take the chance to visit Minh Pagoda, featuring the Chinese palatial architecture style of the pre-Minh dynasty. The three-door temple gates are carefully carved from stones.

Minh Pagoda is located at Ward 3, Bac Lieu town, Bac Lieu province. The pagoda was established by a group of people called Minh Huong led by Tran Thiet Thuan, the headman of Vinh Huong village. The construction started from 1890 and completed in 1923.

The Chinese Palatial Architecture Style Featured in Minh Pagoda

Minh Pagoda

The pagoda features the Chinese palatial architecture style of the pre-Minh dynasty. The three-door temple gates are carefully carved from stones. The two main pillars are carved with sophisticated patterns: dragons, clouds, wine gourd following the posture of dragon shrouded by mist. At the façade of the pagoda, walls are banked with many scenes of palatial ancient daily life. You can see a precisely-carved lacquered board hang at the entrance gate; this board was donated by Phuc Kien people in 1922. Besides, there are many precious items such as the copper incense and 16 types of weapons of the tutelary gods.

The central chamber worships a huge statue, featuring a man wearing his court dress. The worshipping plaque is decorated with wonderful patterns, featuring two dragons attending to the Moon, the sophisticated patterns of apricot, orchid, daisy, ivory bamboo, pine trees. On the right hand side is the worship place for Mr. Bon (Bon Dau Cong Cong). On the left hand side is the worship place for talented people who had spent their lives reclaiming the land.

Minh pagoda has great traditional and cultural value, especially for local people. For tourists in Vietnam travel, this is a sacred place where they can feel undisturbed and relaxed.

 

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