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7 famous spiritual tourist destinations in An Giang

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The land of Seven Mountains has many famous spiritual tourism works attracting tourists from all over the world such as Ba Chua Tu temple, Hang pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau mausoleum.

An Giang is not only famous for its bold tourist destinations or folk dishes but also a mysterious land, where many different ethnic groups and beliefs meet. Throughout An Giang land are spiritual works of temples, pagodas, temples associated with culture, history and anecdotes from the time of land opening. Visitors who love spiritual tourism can visit many places with their own characteristics, concentrated in the area of Mount Sam, Chau Doc.

Shrine of the Lady of the Land

The shrine is located in the area of Mount Sam. The 284-meter-high mountain, belonging to the That Son range is the most attractive tourist attraction in An Giang. According to legend, about 200 years ago, when discovering and seeing the sacredness of the statue of Ba (located on the top of Mount Sam), local people invited the statue to the foot of the mountain to facilitate worship.

But when she took her to her present place of establishment, The heavy statue could not move on. People here believe that she chose this position to settle down. Since then, visitors from all over the world have come to visit her more and more.

The Lady of Mount Sam Temple is famous for its sacredness and impressive architecture. In the past, this place was built quite simply with bamboo leaves. From 1972 to 1976, architects Huynh Kim Array and Nguyen Ba Lang renovated to have the appearance they have today.

The entire structure is built in the shape of the letter "nation", the towers have the shape of a lotus blossom. Outside is a carved gate with many golden diaphragms. Despite repeated repairs, the wall behind the statue of the Lady and the four ancient pillars in front of the main hall have retained their original appearance. The three-storey roof has a curved corner, roofed with jade green pipe tiles.

The shrine can be reached in several ways. Currently, many visitors choose to travel by cable car at Nui Sam Cable Car Resort. The cable car has a length of 900 m, with 37 cabins, each accommodating 8 passengers. Currently, the two-way cable car ticket price for adults is 150,000 VND.

Traveling by cable car to the top of the mountain, visitors can admire the statue of the world-peaceful twin Emerald Buddha. The statue is made from jade, originating from Vancouver, Canada, which is meant to bring peace and peace to mankind.

The Emerald Buddha statue on the top of Mount Sam next to the cable car station was crafted by skilled artisans on the Thai-Myanmar border. The statue is also modeled after the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha inside the Great Stupa of Enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, India. This image symbolizes "enlightenment, fulfillment, luck and peace".

Cave Pagoda

Located on the slopes of Mount Sam, the Cave Pagoda is also a famous spiritual building. Visitors can observe the temple from the Mount Sam cable car. The temple is surrounded by majestic mountains and many flowers bloom all year round. The campus is built with many attractions such as the main hall, cave road, sea festival lake, fairy courtyard. The pagoda is harmoniously designed with the main red tone, roofed with pipe tiles, intricately carved columns and roofs, the walkway is paved with stones according to stairs that are convenient to move.

The temple was built between 1840 and 1850. Originally, the temple was just a small simple bamboo painting house. In 1937, Venerable Thich Hue Thien carried out restoration and upgrading.

Huynh Dao Pagoda

Located in the complex of spiritual works of Mount Sam, Huynh Dao Pagoda impresses visitors with its unique architecture and space of up to 12 hectares. This is one of the temples with the most dragon statues in An Giang. The most impressive is the statue of 9 dragons winding on the water.

Huynh Dao Pagoda was built in 1928. In 1996, the pagoda was relocated and newly built on an area of 12 hectares. In 2018, the pagoda was completed as it is today.

The building is built in the style of Chinese architecture with two main shrines and a large grounds, outside dedicated to the gods of the four directions. Not only a spiritual destination, this place attracts young people because it owns many impressive check-in corners.

Mausoleum of Mr. Thoai Ngoc Hou

Thoai Ngoc Hou Mausoleum is an ancient architectural work, typical of the feudal period and was classified as a national historical monument of Vietnam in 1997. The monument is to commemorate Mr. Thoai Ngoc Hou - who publicly urges and guards the land of An Giang.

The mausoleum has a large grounds, surrounded by city walls, the entrance gate is molded into a semicircle, creating a solid and solid position. In addition to visiting the tomb, guests also have the opportunity to visit the house displaying rare ancient artifacts, bringing high value of cultural history. Mausoleum architecture is a harmony between traditional art and local culture.

Xi'an Temple

The pagoda is located at the foot of Mount Sam, near the shrine of Lady Lord of the Land. According to records, Xi'an has a history dating back to 1847. The governors of An-He region (An Giang and He Tien) were glad to have achieved a great attack against the enemy, so they built the Xi'an Pagoda with the meaningful name of calming the western realm . The pagoda has the appearance it has today after a major restoration in 1958, mixed with Indian and Vietnamese architecture.

The impressive feature is the main hall with a round onion-shaped roof, like temples in India. In the main hall, there are about 150 large and small statues, elaborately carved and fine art, representing Vietnamese sculpture in the 19th century.

The temple gate is divided into three gates. The middle door is a place to worship the statue of Kannon Thi Kinh holding in the arms of Thi Mau's son, while the two sides place signs with the ancient name of Xi'an. Right behind the gate is a 16m high flagpole. Next to it are statues of two elephants, a 6-tusked white elephant and a 2-tusked black elephant. According to the Buddhist concept, the white elephant is a good omen, giving birth to the crown prince Si Data (who was later Shakyamuni Buddha). The black elephant is a dwelling elephant, named Oolong, who helped the court defeat foreign invaders.

Yongji Divine Palace

Vinh Te Dinh is located on a high platform, with its back against the cliff, in Vinh Tay 1 cluster, Nui Sam ward. Located on a land area of 3,700 m2, the area of the suspension house occupies 745 m2, so the campus around the pavilion is very large. The yard is lined with ship tiles, planted with airy and beautiful ornamental flowers. The pavilion has two grandchildren, the main hall is tetra-pillared, on the roof of which is a statue of a painting dragon. In the middle of the thunderstorm, the mortar (warehouse) and the inn (kitchen) on either side took off the thunderstorm. In the courtyard there are five small temples: White Horse Eunuch, Shanjun, Five Elements, Shen Nong, Later Earth. Each shrine has a pair of kanji counterparts.

Vinh Te pavilion was originally built with trees, columns are carpentry. In 1839 it was restored to build brick walls, fish scale tile roofs, ribs and columns remained the same.

Shakyamuni Buddha carved into Mount Sam

The statue of the meditating Buddha, 81 meters high, carved into the cliff of Mount Sam is one of the most massive spiritual works in An Giang and Vietnam. Started 10 years ago, this statue is centrally located in a large area of up to 5,500 m2. Funding for the construction of the project comes from the fund of the Temple of Lady of Mount Sam and contributions from domestic and foreign philanthropists, organizations and individuals.

This cliff area used to be a quarry before being chosen as a place for artifacts for the Buddha statue. As expected, the statue is completed in 2025, located in the complex of spiritual tourism works in Mount Sam. When completed, this place is expected to become a place to visit and admire millions of visitors each year.

In addition to spiritual and religious tourism, An Giang land also has many cultural elements and unique festivals to attract tourists. The Southwest locality is home to many ethnic groups. As a result, the culture and festivals also have their own colors.

For Khmer people, they have a Dolta ceremony and the Seven Mountains bull racing festival held periodically at the end of the 8th and early 9th month of the lunar calendar. This is a festival for Khmer people to commemorate the merits of their ancestors, bless the souls of departed relatives. Kinh people have Chau Phu pavilion festival, Ba Chua Tu temple festival,... Every five years, the festivals welcome thousands of visitors.

According to VnE

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