Centenarian solemn Khmer pagodas in Western Vietnam
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Xiem Can Pagoda (Bac Lieu)
Xiem Can Pagoda in Bac Lieu
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Xiem Can Pagoda is one of the most beautiful and largest Khmer pagodas in Western Vietnam. Located in Bac Lieu City, Xiem Can Pagoda is a unique architecture as well as the cultural center of the Khmer. It was built in 1887 and has existed for more than 130 years.
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The pagoda is designed according to the Angkor architecture style of Cambodia. Its uniqueness lies in domes, walls, and stairs. Xiem Can Pagoda is surrounded by solid fences and adorned by many impressive patterns. The pagoda’s gate is embossed with Khmer architecture, according to Zing News.
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Doi Pagoda (Bat Pagoda), Soc Trang
Doi Pagoda (Bat Pagoda) in Soc Trang
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Doi Pagoda is also known as Wathserâytêchô - Mahatup or Ma Toc. The pagoda is home to a big colony of bats, so it’s called Doi Pagoda. It covers an area of 4-hectare including main halls, tombs, tombs, etc, and enveloped by ancient trees.
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Coming here, tourists will have the opportunity to admire rare and precious treasures of the Khmer such as Buddha statues, ancient oil lamps, or sutras written on palmyra leaves.
Vam Ray Pagoda (Tra Vinh)
Vam Ray Pagoda in Tra Vinh
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Vam Ray Pagoda, situated in Tra Cu District, Tra Vinh Province, has long well-known for its solemn and splendid beauty. In particular, inside the main hall of the pagoda is the largest Buddha statue in Vietnam with a length of 54 m.
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The doors are elaborately carved from the large and thick wooden blocks which are imported from abroad. It took workmen many years to carve patterns on these woods for the exquisite works.
Ta Pa Pagoda (An Giang)
Ta Pa Pagoda in An Giang
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Ta Pa Pagoda - An Giang is located on a high hill, near numerous famous tourist destinations. The pagoda is decorated based on Nam Tong Buddhism. The huge and imposing architectures are exquisitely carved with Bird God Garuda, Snake God Naga depicting sophisticated artistic features, reported Zing News.
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Chen Kieu Pagoda (Soc Trang)
Chen Kieu Pagoda (Soc Trang)
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Also boasting impressive Khmer architecture, Chen Kieu Pagoda has attracted tourists by its one-of-a-kind beauty. Visitors once coming here will be strongly impressed by the multi-pattern walls covered with small and elaborate ceramic plates.
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There is also a wide range of statues with various sizes in the garden of Chen Kieu, each represents different teachings of Buddhism. The reclining Buddha represents the peacefulness of entering Nirvana and of gaining enlightenment.
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