Giac Hoa Pagoda is more than 100 years old. The temple campus is built with many colorful miniatures, as beautiful as a “fairy place”, impressing visitors from all over the world.
Giac Hoa Pagoda is located in Chau Thoi commune, Vinh Loi district (the gateway district of Bac Lieu province), about 6km from the center of Bac Lieu city. The temple is surrounded by the Chau Hung river. A few hundred meters from Highway 1, visitors have to cross a bridge to reach the temple.
Giac Hoa Pagoda was donated money and land by Mrs. Huynh Thi Ngo (also known as Ms. Hai Ngo) and built in 1919, more than 100 years ago. The pagoda has artistic architecture between the East and the West, the front is the main hall, the back is the Thien Tinh courtyard and the post-ancestral house. The temple faces North, the roof is roofed with yin and yang tiles. It can be said that the pagoda is one of the most typical architectural works of art in Bac Lieu at that time.
According to Sister Nghiem Thanh (the temple’s abbot), the name Giac Hoa was coined by Ms. Hai Ngo – the founder of the pagoda. The name of the pagoda can be understood as “Enlightenment” and “Flower” refers to the lotus flower, one of the prominent images in Buddhism. In 2001, Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee ranked Giac Hoa Pagoda as a provincial historical relic.
Giac Hoa Pagoda currently has a prominent work that can be seen from afar, which is the 33m high statue of Medicine Buddha (the statue alone) and 44m high from the ground up (the whole church block).
The temple’s abbot said that it took more than 2 years to complete the work of this statue, and this is a statue of Medicine Buddha of such height that is rarely seen in Vietnam.
In the temple grounds, right in front of the Medicine Buddha statue, there are many clusters of colorful Buddha statues.
Inside the temple grounds, we also see images of Bodhisattva Quan Am and 4 teachers and students of Tang Tang associated with the movie Journey to the West.
In addition, there are images of some animals such as elephants, pandas, monkeys, deer, parrots, storks… creating a converging scene that is both awake and dynamic.
A small landscape covered with green patches inside the temple grounds.
And there are many other miniatures decorated with colorful colors that impress visitors from all over the world when they see this place as a “fairy place”.
Keyword: The temple is more than 100 years old, has a beautiful scene like a “fairy place” in Bac Lieu