Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho.
The really beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda is easily reached either by a pleasant bike ride or can be walked too while staying at My Tho, Vietnam.
Going to look around this Buddhist Pagoda is essential - the buildings, gardens and settings are the most beautiful we have ever seen
anywhere. If you are not staying at My Tho but are anywhere near the town then it really is worth stopping off there.
How to get there if staying in My Tho: Fom the river front turn left along Trung Trac which goes alongside the Bao Dinh Canal. Turn right across the second bridge and then continue along Nguyen Van Giac to a main road junction. Turn left into Nguyen Trung Truc and the complex is just a short way along on the right. You cannot miss the pagoda as It is fronted by gardens and a very visible and huge standing Buddha.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger photo, use the back button to return to this page ]
Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in 1849, has been restored many times and resembles an Indian Raj Palace - it's decorated with mosaics made from broken pottery. Overlooked by a tall white Buddha with another huge sitting and laughing Buddha image alongside, Vinh Trang Pagoda is set amongst lovely gardens packed with flowers and shrubs, lotus pools and tombs of the monks and has huge ornate triple arched gates.
This is an active Pagoda and there are resident monks around but you quite welcome to look around most of the buildings - the entrance is to the right hand side of the
Pagoda. The main chamber is made of dark wood pillars and has gilt woodwork - there is a tiny courtyard which is lined with the monks sleeping quarters.
Entrance to Vinh Trang Pagoda is free - there are officials on the gate and if you are cycling they will point you out where to leave your bikes (usually just inside the entrance gate) and also keep an eye on them for you.
Having had a good look around it is also nice to then go for a wander or cycle ride around the many paths in the area. These often go alongside very small canals and are lined with beautiful foliage and a variety of small houses. Just be a bit aware of any local people who tend to whiz along on their motorbikes!.
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