Spiritual tourism is currently making a popular form of tourism in Vietnam and the world with the spiritual development needs of people today. This is a type of tourism associated with cultural values, beliefs and learning about the history of the locality as well as the country. In Vietnam, no one does not know about An Giang province – which is known as the mysterious mountain area with many sacred legends. This is also the reason that tourists often flock here to visit and make offerings at famous spiritual places, especially temples.
Ba Chua Xu Temple
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For Westerners, no one has heard of the reputation of Ba Chua Xu Temple in An Giang. This is a spiritual place that is visited and offered by a large number of people from all over the world, because it is famous for “getting whatever you want”. Ba Chua Xu Temple is located at the foot of Sam Mountain in Ho Chi Minh City. Chau Doc, An Giang. There are many mysterious legends and anecdotes that have yet to be solved. Before the temple was built, the statue of Ba Chua Xu existed and no one knew if this was a saint or a creed. People only think that “there is sacredness” so they put incense burners and especially Ba Chua Xu is very sacred. Business people often come to Ba Chua Xu Temple to pray for fortune and for a smooth business road.
Because of the sacredness of Ba Chua Xu, a large number of people from all over the country, especially Westerners, come to make offerings every year. It was so crowded that many people could not enter the shrine and had to worship from afar. In addition to being sacred, Ba Chua Xu Temple is also a temple with a long-standing artistic and religious architecture. The temple was protected and repaired by people in the area during the war.
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Hang Pagoda, also known as Phuoc Dien Pagoda, is located at Sam Mountain, City. Chau Doc, An Giang province. Visiting this temple, visitors feel like they are lost in a fairyland thanks to its unique and nostalgic architecture. At Hang Pagoda, visitors will be told many mysterious ancient stories.
Legend has it that at first, Hang Pagoda was a small monastery of Mrs. Le Thi Tho, legal name Dieu Thien. Because she wanted to find a quiet, empty place to practice, she went to the west of Sam Mountain. At first, this was just a temple roofed with bamboo and leaves, but in awe of her virtue, in 1885, Mr. Phan Thong in Chau Doc together with the people here donated money to rebuild the temple. . In 1995, Most Venerable Thich Hue Thien upgraded the temple for the second time and added many more repairs. Not only that, people here say that near Hang Pagoda there are two fierce snakes, but thanks to listening to the sutras of the nun Dieu Thien, she has been healed.
The ancient temple is located precariously on the cliff with a quiet style, making visitors feel like letting go of all their troubles. Often visitors to the temple will pray for happiness, luck and peace for the family.
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Huynh Dao Pagoda
At the foot of Sam Mountain, there is also a very sacred pagoda, which is Huynh Dao Pagoda. This temple is known as the “Dragon on the Water” Pagoda because the church located in the middle of the lake was built in the shape of a very majestic dragon. The pagoda has a very unique architecture, especially with a large and airy campus. If you go in the early morning, you will enjoy the pure and peaceful space of the temple.
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In front of the temple, there are nine dragon statues showing the sacredness of this place. The dragon is a symbol of the farmer and is the wish for good weather and good weather, for prosperity and prosperity. Visitors to the temple mainly want to pray for a smooth material life, good food and peace for their families.
In addition to the dragon architecture, the temple has more than 50 stone Buddha statues with many poses. Especially, the 30m high statue of Quan Am Buddha is the main highlight that many tourists want to visit and admire.
Phuoc Thanh Pagoda
Chim Pagoda is another name for Phuoc Thanh Pagoda, located in Cho Moi district, An Giang province. Legend has it that, after Venerable Thich Buu Duc returned to his hometown, Binh Phuoc Xuan commune to continue his practice, one day a pair of flamingos flew over. These birds are from Seven Mountains – the old monk’s place of practice, flying back to bring thousands of other birds. So in 1872 Most Venerable Thich Buu Duc chose this place to stop and build Phuoc Thanh Pagoda. The temple owns a prominent statue of Amitabha Buddha, up to 39m high. Coming here, visitors will feel peace of mind thanks to the majesty thanks to the sophisticated and ancient architecture.
Thanks to the legend of the pair of Flamingos and Venerable Thich Buu Duc, many tourists come here to pray for happiness and peace. Not only that, the flamingo is also a bird symbolizing longevity and nobility. Going to the temple, in addition to visiting the scenery, this is also a sacred place, bringing persistence and longevity in life as well as in work.
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Van Linh Pagoda
Van Linh Pagoda is called by the people with the body name of Leaf Pagoda. Because at first this temple was very simple and built of leaves. The temple is located on Cam mountain in Tinh Bien district, An Giang province. Van Linh Pagoda is the place to witness many historical events of the nation and has been damaged many times. In 1995, Van Linh Pagoda was rebuilt with a more monumental and unique appearance and many Buddha statues carved with precious stones.
The pagoda is located on the slopes of Bo Hong hill – the highest peak of Cam mountain. Facing Thuy Liem Lake, there is a solid and airy space. With its special position, the people here and neighboring places believe that the pagoda is very sacred and the number of tourists every year is very large. Surrounded by mountains and forests, the pagoda has a very “escape” appearance and is far from the hustle and bustle of life. Many tourists come here to make offerings and pray for peace for their loved ones and families, life is always smooth sailing, steady amidst difficulties.
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Bringing spiritual experiences and spiritual values to visitors, spiritual tourism is a type of tourism that should not be ignored at the present time. Traveling to places that bring peace of mind will make yourself recover after tiring working hours. This is also one of the ways to preserve the cultural values of the nation that young people need to pay attention to.