Pagoda crowns Saigon apartment building


By Quynh Tran  &nbspOctober 1, 2020 | 05:22 pm GMT+7

A 50-year-old pagoda built atop a residential building in Saigon’s District 5 attracts a daily stream of visitors.

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Tu Duc Pagoda (painted yellow) is located on the fourth floor of Hung Vuong apartment building. The pagoda was built in 1970, around the same time the building was established.

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In front of Tu Duc Pagoda stands a large censer and altar facing the buildings opposite.

Monk Thich Chan Khai, in charge of the pagoda said: “My master originally planned to build a pagoda in Phu Lam area (District 6). But the owner of this complex, a follower of Buddhism, gifted us this entire fourth floor instead.”

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The pagoda’s interior equals the size of 10 apartments, covering an area of ​​about 700 square meters. All pillars, ceilings and floors have been kept intact as per initial design.

Unlike other pagodas, there are no ancestral house, monk’s house, or bell tower.

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There are about 10 Buddha statues placed in the great hall. Behind the altar lies a small room where the abbot can rest. Apart from the abbot and manager, Tu Duc Pagoda does not have any other monks.

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A lord in the pagoda, believed to protect Buddhism and Buddhism followers.


 
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The pagoda bell is located in the center of the great hall.

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The remaining space is taken up by a statue of Cundi, a goddess with 18 arms placed on a lotus flower. Next to the statue is an office and behind a space dedicated to worshipping monks that have made a great contribution to Tu Duc Pagoda.

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Because of the limited space, the pagoda does not feature many detailed designs, with only a few lotus shapes on the gate.

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Right next to the great hall is a kitchen and storeroom for jars of ash.

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The pagoda holds about 2,000 jars of ash, carefully arranged on the four meter high shelves and cleaned daily.

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The pagoda garden includes many types of ornamental plants. Besides, there is a statue of Guanyin, a Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion and a small tower containing the remains of the monk who founded the pagoda.

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An arial view of the apartment building.

Worshippers visit the pagoda on most days, especially during full moon and big Buddhist celebrations.

e.VnExpress

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