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Thanh Minh Pagoda – Artistic Architectural Heritage - (27/02/2017)

(Muinetourism.vn).- Thanh Minh pagoda and Ngu Hanh temple have been recognized as provincial artistic architectural heritages of Binh Thuan province. These cultural heriatges are situated in sea urban area, Phu Thuy ward, Phan Thiet city.
 

(Photo: Nguyen Vu)
 
Thanh Minh pagoda was first built by members of Thanh Minh group in 1876, under the reign of King Tu Duc. It has been damaged by calamities and wars before being reconstructed at the current location.
 

(Photo: Nguyen Vu)

In the beginning, the pagoda was built to worship “Tieu Dien Dai Si” who, according to folk legend, is an incarnation of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Besides, spirits of ancestors who helped people in the area to live and work in peace and contentment are also worshipped in the pagoda.
In the pagoda’s yard, Ngu Hanh (Five Elements) temple was built to worship five sacred mothers of Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth.
 
The main entrance of Thanh Minh pagoda; Photo: Nguyen Vu)
 
(The ancient well; Photo: Nguyen Vu)
 
 

(The pagoda’s nice scenery attracts visitors; Photo: Nguyen Vu)

Located in the middle of the sea urban area in Phan Thiet city center, Thanh Minh pagoda and Ngu Hanh temple attracts a great number of locals and tourists right after they are opened to visitors.
 
Nguyen Vu
Translated by Hong Anh

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