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Exploring largest pagoda in Ben Tre

Text & photos by The Ky

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Van Phuoc Pagoda, nestled in the heart of the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre Province, has become a symbol of spiritual sanctity since its inception in 2000. Situated in Binh Chien Ward, Binh Dai District, this majestic pagoda has flourished over two decades.

Located approximately 47 kilometers from Ben Tre city center, a journey to Van Phuoc Pagoda by automobile or motorbike typically takes over an hour.

The pagoda’s dignified name board
The pagoda features the classic Vietnamese Buddhist architecture
The pagoda features the classic Vietnamese Buddhist architecture
Dominating the skyline is the towering statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, standing at an impressive height of 54 meters
A lying Buddha statue captivates visitors
Step inside the pagoda to discover a world of intricate woodwork and gilded accents, enveloping visitors in an ambiance of tranquility and reverence
Step inside the pagoda to discover a world of intricate woodwork and gilded accents, enveloping visitors in an ambiance of tranquility and reverence
Step inside the pagoda to discover a world of intricate woodwork and gilded accents, enveloping visitors in an ambiance of tranquility and reverence
The bell-ringer’s face reflects the golden hues of the pagoda’s ornate interior
Devotees receive blessings and lucky money from Buddhist monks
Traditional Vietnamese conical hats, known as nón lá, are adorned with well wishes
Stepping through the pagoda’s back door, visitors are greeted by the serene vista of a tranquil river
Lotus and blue lotus ponds surrounding the pagoda add to its enchanting allure

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