Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda- A Very Special Temple In Saigon

Besides two Buddhism prayer books with over 21,000 words inlaid with gold, Vĩnh Nghiêm Temple in Binh Tan district, Saigon has many other special things.

The temple holds two Vietnamese records: The largest ironwood doors carved with 20 Buddhism characters and the largest Amida Buddha statue (8m tall, 16 tons in weight) that is created from perfumed tree.

Vĩnh Nghiêm is also the place where has the fist missionary institute of the over-2,000 year history of Vietnamese Buddhism.

This is the first place for research and train monks who are specialized in keeping the commandments in Vietnam.

Vĩnh Nghiêm temple was set up by venerable monk Thich Thien Hoa in 1962. The monk died in 1978.

 

The missionary institute is an architectural complex. This is a three-door gate of the institute.

The missionary institute is an architectural complex. This is a three-door gate of the institute.



 

The institute.

The institute.

A Buddha statue at the center of the institute. The statue is 2.3m high, 1.8 tons in weight, standing on a 200-petal lotus. Each petal is carved with Sakyamuni Buddha.

A Buddha statue at the center of the institute. The statue is 2.3m high, 1.8 tons in weight, standing on a 200-petal lotus. Each petal is carved with Sakyamuni Buddha.

5,400 words from a prayer book are carved and inlaid with gold on the dome above the Buddha statue.

5,400 words from a prayer book are carved and inlaid with gold on the dome above the Buddha statue.

72 colossal statues are carved on the stone three-step staircases.

72 colossal statues are carved on the stone three-step staircases.

Over 16,000 gold-inlaid words from a prayer book are carved on the wall of the institute.

Over 16,000 gold-inlaid words from a prayer book are carved on the wall of the institute.

Four statues that guard four directions of the Institute. Each statue is 4m tall, 5 tons in weight, made from bronze.

Four statues that guard four directions of the Institute. Each statue is 4m tall, 5 tons in weight, made from bronze.

The main doors of the temple, made by ironwood, carved with 12 Buddhism characters. This is also a Vietnamese record.

The main doors of the temple, made by ironwood, carved with 12 Buddhism characters. This is also a Vietnamese record.

Buddhism characters carved on the doors.

Buddhism characters carved on the doors.

The main temple worship three Buddhas.

The Maitreya Buddha.

The Maitreya Buddha.

The two colossal statues. These statues are made from rare wood.

The two colossal statues. These statues are made from rare wood.

This tower keeps over 2,000 ash vases.

This tower keeps over 2,000 ash vases.

The bell tower.

The bell tower.

A Sakyamini statue.

A Sakyamini statue.

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