Pháp Viện Minh Đăng Quang

Pháp Viện Minh Đăng Quang, Ho Chi Minh City

Pháp Viện Minh Đăng Quang

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Dotzujin
Sydney, Australia153 contributions
fun, free and fresh air
Jun 2019 • Solo
A few steps but worth the effort, not much other traditional settings within this area which is mostly shopping malls
Written June 22, 2019
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kristenmendoza
Edmonton, Canada8 contributions
Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City
Dec 2017 • Family
Beautiful Temple and Buddism Institute, free to enter. Do not forget to wear pants and or cover your arms... I wasn’t able to enter the pagoda as I was wear a dress and only brought one shawl, however we did take wonderful pictures around the grounds.
Written December 21, 2017
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WeiChun H
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First time visit to the Pagoda Minh Dang Quang.
May 2016 • Solo
The vast, very nice, clean and peaceful Pagoda. Just when I go to visit, here still in contruction working. But I'm sure in future when the perfectly of this contruction to be completed shall have a lots of visitors and buddhists come to here.
Written November 20, 2016
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Shaun M
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam343 contributions
A Large Pagoda 20 minutes taxi ride form D1
Oct 2016 • Friends
Hey this is the largest Pagoda in HCMC. Its very new and certainly has no history to it. Only has been built in the past three years. Its very popular with locals on special occasions. Its still not finished and lots of building still going on. Many monks actually live here too. remember this is at least a 20 minute taxi ride from center of HCMC.
Written October 25, 2016
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flaviot
Vigano, Italy146 contributions
Very beautiful pagoda
May 2016 • Family
I visited this Pagoda with my family. It is a very nice place, quite and calm. Many people come here to pray and to visit the big Budda's statue.
The Pagoda is composed of many beautiful buildings some still under completion by the Buddhist monks.
In The evening the Pagoda is lightened by many lamps with form of loto's flower
Written May 15, 2016
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Dalesman_Abroad
Chesterfield, UK277 contributions
A lovely oasis of calm. With an excellent cheap new vegetarian restaurant.
May 2016 • Friends
As mentioned by previous writers, this temple is still being built. It is attractive and spacious ( if you don't look at the currently half built sections at the back. The monks are friendly as I don't think they get many tourists here. There is now a new clean friendly and cheap local vegetarian restaurant here which is excellent value for money with a huge selection of tasty foods.

Trip Advisor needs to add this restaurant to their list as I am certain it will also be appreciated by many other people ( and they can do the food as take away as well).
Written May 1, 2016
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72dav72
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam302 contributions
The most impresive Pagoda at HCMC
Jan 2016 • Couples
Minh Dang Quang is the most Impressive pagoda at HCMC.
The place is "growing up" and therefor there are new additional structures still under construction. Regardless there is enough to see.

Definitely go there

- No entrance fee
- About 30-60 minutes visit
- Recommended for architecture lovers?
Written January 30, 2016
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Dunks001
NYC13 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
The_Pale_Ridha, Thank you for an informative bit of history on Phap Vien Minh Dang Quang. The temple is still under construction. I happened across the temple and your history was all I could find. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Written July 21, 2015
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
Big temple, big enlightenment.
Sep 2014 • Couples
This huge construction project on Saigon’s outskirts is no Soviet-era nuclear power plant, it is a holy Buddhist temple. Named after an influential Vietnamese monk, the Phap Vien Minh Dang Quang Pagoda will be one of the largest & flashiest around, it’s a long way from the lord Buddha’s time, he gave up riches & women to escape the daily grind just to meditate under a tree, today we identify that as having a mid-life crisis.

The Venerable Minh Dang Quang was the founder of the Mendicant Buddhist Order, one of the largest Buddhist sects today in Southern Vietnam. He was a half-cast with Vietnamese & Khmer parents & was rumoured to have Champa ancestry. He created a religious order that combined both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism (sort of like joining Catholic & Orthodox) due to his parents coming from those different Buddhist traditions. His Buddhist order is respected for taking Buddhist monastic life seriously. His crew had to be vegetarian & these monks could not prepare food themselves but seek daily alms (walking the streets begging for food) to remind them of humility & poverty. This also strictly meant no shoes, thongs or bikinis allowed anytime, even if the grass was full of bindi’s. The Venerable Minh Dang Quang disappeared one day in the 1950’s without a trace, he obviously got whacked but no-one knows what the story is, bizarrely his followers celebrate his disappearance each year, yes Vietnamese are known to be crazy, who are we to judge?

Still a year or two away from completion, the Minh Dang Quang Pagoda is pretty much in its final few phases with all of the major foundations & main structures long completed. Featuring a large central octagon-shaped temple on a raised platform, it sits at the top of a rectangular compound designed in traditional Chinese architectural style with multi-layered curved roofing with a similar colour scheme to Vietnamese royal yellow. The top of the central pagoda features a lotus flower which has cultural significance to Viets & Khmers. Loyal to the Chinese architectural style it incorporates a bilateral symmetry signifying balance in mind & body, the physical & spiritual worlds, this design element has roots in philosophy & Eastern religions. The central pagoda has no closed doorways or windows which allow energy to freely flow throughout the complex. With solid stone materials, concrete walls & raised foundations this airflow is also an effective way to keep the temperature naturally cool inside. The first & second floor halls like many Buddhist temples feature prayer halls with decorative images of the Buddha’s life up on the walls. A boy Buddha statue at the top of the stairs caught my eye, white stone in appearance, with long-ears, bald-headed & one finger pointing to the sky, it is somewhere between cute & creepy, completely out-of-place. Inside the central pagoda is a large 4 metre bronze statue of the lord Buddha in the lotus position. It is housed under a decorated palanquin with a pretty yellow dome above. Everyone is aware that lord Buddha strictly told his followers that worshipping himself & idol’s goes against everything he teaches….but people just can’t help it. Reminds me that Jesus died for my sins so it is ok to smoke crack on weekdays.

With meditation & chanting a central feature of Buddhist life, this will prove challenging for monks as the huge pagoda is located right next to a major highway. Worse still, it is shockingly close to several high-rise residential apartments which spoil the temple’s commanding height. Looking out into the horizon into a smog landscape is no better than seeing underwear drying off the balcony…bad Feng Shui? All wise cracks aside, the Minh Dang Quang Pagoda was a real nice place to visit, holy places seem to exude that calm vibe about them no matter what god or beast is being worshipped.

Located on Saigon’s outskirts in District 2. We stopped by on our way to visit the famous designer - Si Hoang’s Ao Dai Museum in District 9, the first in Vietnam. The pagoda is right on the corner of the Ha Noi Highway & is hard to miss. I would recommend hiring a taxi & should cost under $20 USD one way from District 1. The Minh Dang Quang Pagoda is located at 505 Ha Noi Highway, An Phu, District 2 Ho Chi Minh City. Free to enter.
Written October 29, 2014
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