VINH TRANG PAGODA – MY THO
When mentioning to tourism in Mekong delta region in general, people normally think about cruising along Mekong river to some villages and tropical fruits gardens. However, if you are interested in religion and truly want to enjoy the unique experience, you should not miss Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient architecture in Tien Giang province.
The splendid but simple features of this Buddhist construction are a result of the harmonious fusion of Asian and European architectural styles. The pagoda has Renaissance-style patterns, Roman-style arches, and Japanese enamelled tiles. However, the pagoda’s internal architecture is also imbued Vietnamese traditional sculpture art.
The pagoda stores over 60 precious statues made of wood, bronze, terracotta, of which a collection of 18 Arhats sculpted in 1907. These works of art represent the pinnacle of sculpture in the Mekong River Delta. Besides, there are three big Buddha statues in the pagoda’s campus, including 18m-high Amida Buddha statue, 20m-high Maitreya Buddha statue, and Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The pagoda also has a 150kg-weigh bell cast in 1854, more than valuable 20 landscape paintings, horizontal lacquered boards, parallel sentences.