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Post: 25-05-2016 08:42:39 AM - Views: 1354
U.S. President Barack Obama visited a century-old pagoda as his first destination after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday afternoon, part of his ongoing trip to Vietnam scheduled for May 22-25.
President Obama visited the Jade Pagoda at 4:30 pm to pay tribute to and admire the cultural traditions of Vietnam.
The Jade Pagoda is fully known as Jade Emperor Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Ngọc Hoàng of Phước Hải Tự) Ngoc Hoang in Vietnamese.
Also known as Phuoc Hai Tu or Da Kao Pagoda, the temple is situated on Mai Thi Luu Street in District 1, the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.
The monument was established by a Chinese man in the early 1900s, according to local books on the history of Saigon.
In 1982, the Jade Emperor Pagoda became member of the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam, and was chaired by monk Thich Vinh Khuong.
In 1984, the pagoda was renamed Phuoc Hai Tu (Vietnamese: Chùa Phước Hải Tự), but locals still preferred the old name ‘Ngoc Hoang’ (Jade Emperor). Another name, Da Kao Pagoda, was called only during the French colonial period and is not familiar with residents.
Spanning 2,000 square meters, the Jade Emperor Pagoda reflects the Chinese culture in the early of 20th century through its architectural designs and a reddish color.
Jade Emperor Pagoda has long been listed in the city’s must-visit tourism destinations, suggested by both local and international tour providers.
The pagoda welcomes a huge number of Buddhists during several traditional holidays, including the Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the eighth lunar month), and the Buddha’s Birthday (the 15th day of the fourth lunar month). The Buddha’s Birthday this year was observed on Saturday.
And beautiful Photo of Jade Pagoda
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