Explore Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda – One Pillar Pagoda in Saigon


Saigon is known as one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam. If you intend to go on a Saigon day tour, do not forget to take a visit to some famous pagodas in Saigon to get a closer insight into Vietnamese culture. Considered One Pillar Pagoda in Saigon, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda features extremely unique architecture and tranquil landscapes, attracting numerous locals and tourists to come. Let’s check it out!

Overview of Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda

Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is situated on Dang Van Bi Street, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. On 8 April 1958, the pagoda was started to build by Monk Thich Tri Dung with the support of Do Thi Vinh, a Buddhist. Its architecture and design were imitated One Pillar Pagoda (Dien Huu Pagoda) in Hanoi, which was constructed in the 11th century. After about 20 years of construction, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda was completed in 1977. With its unique architectural style, the pagoda has become one of the famous pagodas in Saigon, attracting both Buddhists and tourists to worship and pray for health, luck and success. Therefore, taking a visit to Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is an interesting thing to do in Saigon for many travelers.


The whole view of Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda

The architecture

The architecture of One Pillar Pagoda in Saigon is similar to One Pillar Pagoda Hanoi. However, the only different thing between two pagodas is the building materials. Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is solidly cast with reinforced concrete while the One Pillar Pagoda Hanoi is built with ironwood. In particular, its design, from the layout of worshiping, cross, truss, roof tiles to sophisticated patterns, is strongly affected by the ancient architecture of pagodas in Northern Vietnam. Thanks to its unique architectural features, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is regarded as one of the most famous historical relics and scenic spots in Saigon. Let’s go on a Saigon tour and admire the majestic beauty of this pagoda.


Its architecture is similar to One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

Getting inside

The green trees, twigs of willow silhouetting the lake, the unique architecture, impressive Buddhist statues of Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda create a perfect harmonious combination between nature and human. The pagoda is located right in the middle of Long Nhan (Dragon Eye) Lake, which covers an area of about 600 square meters. With blue water all year round, Long Nhan Lake is home to turtles and carps. There is also pink lotus buds inside the lake, making the scenery more fascinating. Placed on a pillar about 12 meters high, the pagoda features the rising lotus shape with subtle decorative motifs.


Getting inside the pagoda

Getting inside the pagoda, tourists will see a massive statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Setting foot on Nam Thien Nhat Tru pagoda, you will have a chance to admire the glorious beauty of the green tranquil landscapes, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, free your mind and forget about the busy daily life. This will surely be a great experience in your Saigon group tour!


Sanctum located behind the pagoda

Behind Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda, there is a sanctum solemnly decorated with the texture of three compartments including Shakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. In addition, there are memorial houses of Monk Thich Tri Dung and Nam Thien stupas located behind the sanctum. In particular, visiting the pagoda, you will have an opportunity to contemplate a huge statue of Buddha Amitabha, a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree, and the statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva cast from 61kg of precious metals.


The statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

Regarded as a symbol of architecture, history, and culture in Vietnam, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda deserves one of the historical sites that should not be ignored in your Saigon group tour. Therefore, the pagoda attracts a great number of both domestic and international tourists every year. So why don’t you travel to Saigon and take a visit to this unique pagoda?

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