The Southern One Pillar pagoda was modeled on Hanoi’s one –pillar pagoda, this structure is similar but not identical and built in 1958 by the monk Thich Tri Dung.
Visiting the temple to admire its beauty and let your soul relax with the wooden bell ringing, feeling the solemn architecture seems like immersing in water and blue sky hidden in green color of trees leaves.
In 1958, the monk Thich Tri Dung and his students built an One-Pillar Pagoda in the South called Nam Thien Nhat Tru. The pagoda aims to be both a historical relic and a land mark so that southern Buddhists come to worship Buddha, recall their ancestors, and pray for a peaceful and prosperous country.
The Southern One Pillar pagoda was also modeled on ancient temples in the North, from rafters, truss , roofs to pattern layout. The Southern One Pillar pagoda was casted in reinforced concrete, tile roofs were shaped as the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi, but lower and smaller. Looking from the main gate, Nam Thien Nhat Tru was built in the middle of the Dragon Eye Lake with lotus blossom, the lake’s area of more than 600 square meters. The temple is located on a 12- meter pole. On the lake, the temple rose to the lofty idea, creating a restful and pure space. Behind Nam Thien Nhat Tru is a main hall, Tu An house, and memorial halls. Besides , the temple also has statues of Duc Dia Tang casted in precious metals weighing 61 kg, massive Buddha Amitabha, Shakyamuni Buddha sitting in meditation under the pagoda tree.
With that compelling beauty, every year, Nam Thien Nhat Tru has welcomed hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists who come to visit, admire and explore the unique cultural and spiritual life of the Sai Gon – Gia Dinh.
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