Sunday, 12 June 2016

The 15 Day circuit to Vietnam - The Mandarin Route - Day 5 (afternoon) - Hoi Han - Tho Cam village - the Chuc Thanh pagoda - The 22nd of May 2016

We drove  around 2 kilometres out of Hoi Han so as to visit one of the oldest pagodas of the area, though there's some uncertainty as to when Puc Tanh was exactly built, once two dates have been mentioned in regards to its construction , 1454 and 1671, though what is known is that it was by Minh Hai, a Buddhist monk of Chinese origin.

It now houses a few monks, none of whom we came across apart from the old one who was in charge of the bell. It looked rather abandoned despite being a shrine for the many who come to honour Bodhisatlva Avalokiteshvara, a Buddha disciple, whose statue could be seen in one of the main altars.

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