Ong Temple

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Tran Bao An
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam70 contributions
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Ong pagoda was in institution by efforts of a segment of Hoa people in two chief towns Quang Chau and Trieu Khanh of Quang Dong, China in 1894 - 1896 for worshipping Quan Cong. This 532 sq.m pagoda stays in Hai Ba Trung road (Tan An precinct belonging to Ninh Kieu wharf area) in east - west direction.
In respect of architecture, it deeply carries out Chinese architecture since almost elements consisting of stone pillars, underpinning, purling, etc., were brought from Wangdoung. It’s shaped as "Quoc" character (old Han script) where including closed ranges of apartments locating quadrate one another and a space in the centre called Thien Tinh (open well)
The pagoda's most important apartment leaves in sanctum where main duty staying in worshipping Quan Cong in the main altar (in the midst), respecting Tho Dia (God of the soil) and Thien Hau Thanh Mau on the right, as well as Dong Vinh first doctorate candidate and Tai Bach Tinh Quan on right hand additionally. In front of sanctuary are six incense-tables including three grind-stone tables built in 1974 carrying bronze urns dated 1896 and three relief characters "Hiep thien cung" written in Han script; the rear row lays three wood-framed and glass-surfaced tables kept gold-plated relievo. The rest rows perform adoring Goddess of Mercy and receiving guesses of the pagoda's administrative section.
Despite the unique and gaudy appearance, the Ong pagoda is deep in ancient property. Factually, sophisticated carving items place the pagoda to be both solemn and bright. Moreover, the relic is put in celebrated quality through its great arts and religious value through calligraphy in model of "Trien" and "Thao" engraved in horizontal lacquered boards, pots, urns, bronze bells, etc.

In respect of faith and religion, the faith stands out for the more frequency than the religion. Personalities given adoration becomes various as if "mishmash-like modern popular religion reality" in the book "Hoa people in South Vietnam" by Tsai-Maw-Kuey. The Ong pagoda brings not only religious services but also cultural and educational doings of the Hoa for sustaining traditional cultural values like wood sculpture and calligraphy.

With regards to historical meanings, in the war against the American troops, it is in the pagoda the Hoa gave cover to revolutionary soldiers whose secret deeds done inner the city. Obviously, that precious assistance has helped tighten the Hoa - Viet friendship in the struggle against the national liberation and building.
As a place carrying historical and architectural values, the Ong pagoda was recognised cultural historical relic by Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) on June 21st 1993.

Festivals in Ong pagoda

Of all festivals occurring all year round, Tet Nguyen Dan is the biggest-organised one. Besides, some other festivals are also held in Ong pagoda, as follows:
- Birthday of main deity Phuc Duc (sir Bon) occurring on 2nd of the second month every lunar year
- Birthday of Thien Hau Thanh Mau on 23rd of the third month every lunar year
- Birthday of Quan Cong on 24th of the sixth every lunar year
- Birthday of Tai Bach Tinh Quan (Deity Tai) on 22nd of the seventh month every lunar year
Written March 30, 2015
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124kater
Bristol, UK73 contributions
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This is a small temple but beautiful. Lady Buddha of mercy is worshiped here as well as Chinese statue representing prosperity . Worth a stop off here - less than 10 mins before walking down to get the boat to the floating market.
Written August 9, 2019
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David D
Devon, UK16,635 contributions
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Thursday morning 10th January and we visited this ChineseTemple, which is situated across the road from the imposing statue of Ho Chi Minh and riverside park.

From the moment we passed through the colourful entrance to this Temple our eyes were constantly attracted to the myriad of features within it.

At the rear of the Temple is the amazing Shrine with it's very ornate adornments and pillars. There were striking red coloured ribbons, hanging from the ceiling, with their Chinese writing on them.

There were a number of large conical shaped insence burners hanging from the ceiling. Inside the cones written messages were attached, our Guide explained that as the cones burn so do the messages and they travel up to the Gods.

Just inside the entrance there was a carved and painted door, this is the access door for the Gods into the Temple.

The entire experience was enhanced by smell of so many incense sticks burning.
Written January 29, 2019
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JohnDuran52
Bangkok, Thailand83 contributions
Couples
Alive, authentic, and ready to photograph. This working temple is on the waterfront and easy to visit. Drop in and just step back and watch the devoted go about business. Feel the essence of prayer and stare upwards at the mesmerizing coils of incense.
Written June 25, 2018
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Visited this temple at night while strolling on the Hai Ba Trung Street. It’s just across the Ho Chi Minh memorial. It is a nice small temple.
Written August 31, 2020
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MariaCarmen66
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It's one of ancient pagoda in Can Tho. You can pay a visit to experience the locals & their religions. Cheers!
Written August 26, 2018
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Miguel S
London, UK90 contributions
Solo
Very unusual place to visit but interesting from a westerner point of view. Plenty of coil candles burning and people praying.
Written July 28, 2018
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John R
Pinellas Park, Florida, USA318 contributions
Couples
What an amazing place! We've visited many temples/pagodas, and have always found them to be places to be respected and honored. This one was unique with the incense cones - incense that wound from a large base to the top of a cone. They were lit and the smell of incense filled the small room. We walked quietly around and avoided disturbing those who were there to pay their respects or pray for/to the dead.
It's history was something to behold on one of the main streets of the city. The bike parking, if you're not familiar with Vietnam, is a treat to behold - something you'll never see in America. The spirit of cooperation in the country is inspiring, as was this temple.
Written July 23, 2018
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Kurt N
Trinidad, CO110 contributions
Solo
This temple is well worth a visit. Very picturesque with amazing coils of incense burning hanging from the ceiliing.
Written January 4, 2018
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Pitchulina
Prague, Czech Republic579 contributions
Family
After three weeks in Vietnam this was just another temple we have seen, but besides the floating market - which is perhaps the main reason why you would visit Can Tho, there is not too much to do, so drop by there, it is very small and it relatively nice, we have seen nicer ones as well as much less pretty ones, so go - you will pass it anyway during your walk along the river or boarding the boat
Written October 30, 2016
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