Ang Pagoda, (Vietnamese: Chùa Âng chùa means pagoda; Paly language: Wat Angkor Raig Borei) is one of the famous spiritual destinations in Tra Vinh province. With unique architecture and have been exiting for more than 1000 years of history Ang Tra Vinh Pagoda always attracts many visitors from all over to visit, pray and learn about Buddhism.

General information of Ang Pagoda

When mentioning Tra Vinh, people think of the land of ancient Khmer pagodas and historical relics with many legends, associated with the journey to explore the Mekong Delta. Tra Vinh province has many Khmer pagodas, of which Ang pagoda is considered one of the largest pagodas, typical of Khmer pagodas in the province.

Ang Pagoda is located in Ward 8, Tra Vinh city around 130 from Ho Chi Minh City so if you want to visit the pagoda from Ho Chi Minh, the best way is booking a private car to Tra Vinh with a driver. The pagoda is located in the scenic cluster of Ba Om pond and the Khmer ethnic cultural museum, a highlight not to be missed in the tourist map of Tra Vinh.

Ang Pagoda in Tra Vinh

According to history, Ang Pagoda was first built in the 10th century (990) and was re-built again in 1842. Since then, the pagoda has been restored and repaired many times, including the construction of new buildings such as houses for monks, abstinence hall… However, the main hall basically almost remains as it was first formed. 

Looking from afar, you will see the pagoda’s buildings with tower-shaped architecture rising straight to the sky, with a magnificent beauty but no less solemn.

Architectural with bold traditional features of Ang Pagoda

From the main gate is a wide walkway between two rows of old trees with large, tall trunks that both shade the space and create majesty for the pagoda. The walkway across the moat is about 4 m wide and more than 400 m long, surrounding the main hall and other architectural works.

Ang Pagoda

The main gate is majestic, consisting of 3 towers, with a statue on top. On both sides of the pillar are images of fairies and magical birds following traditional motifs of Khmer culture.

The pagoda is surrounded by a deep moat. Almost the same as many other Khmer pagodas in Tra Vinh, Ang Pagoda is a complex of architectural works including a monastery, a lecture hall… surrounding the majestic main hall.

Ang Pagoda in Tra Vinh

The center of Ang pagoda is the main hall (Preah Vihea) worshiping Buddha, which converges and reflects the level of contemporary artisans in the art of architecture, painting, sculpture… The main hall of the pagoda is built of green stone, lined with ancient bricks and surrounded by a fence over 1 meter high, leaving two doors in the east and west directions. The main hall is built on a second foundation, higher than the first, surrounded by a second fence, 0.5 m high.

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Around the main hall there are pillars and fences with the four-faced of god Bayon’s head

The main hall of Ang Pagoda was built with a wooden frame, tiled roof, supported by 18 pillars made of precious wood. Outside the front hallway are 6 columns, of which 4 middle columns are molded in the shape of a fairy (Keyno) and two columns on both sides are molded in the shape of a god bird (Krud) to support the roof frame.

Inside the main hall is a large space with 12 pillars decorated with dragon images, painted and gilded.

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Inside the main hall

The roof of the main hall of Ang Pagoda is uniquely structured, including three roof levels with beautiful and harmonious colors, of which the top two roofs are very high and steep, creating a sacred feeling that Buddhists must be very humble about when looking up.

Ang Pagoda

The main hall

The roof mounds have the snake god Naga with a curved crest, symbolizing the bridge between the world and Nirvana. The Buddha altar is a wooden lotus flower carved with intricate motifs. On the ceiling are four monumental frescoes showing four stages in Buddha Shakyamuni’s life: Buddha’s birth, Buddha’s renunciation, Buddha’s enlightenment and Buddha’s entry into nirvana.

Ang Pagoda Tra Vinh

Four monumental showing four stages in Buddha Shakyamuni’s life

Similar as other Khmer Theravada pagodas, the main hall of Ang Pagoda only worships Shakyamuni Buddha in a meditating sitting position. On the pedestal is the main statue 2.1m high and 55 Buddha statues made of cement and precious wood, all gilded with gold. Ang Pagoda still preserves many precious ancient artifacts, especially Buddhist scriptures written on leaves.

Ang Pagoda
In front of the main hall is a tower containing the remains of the monks who presided over the temple through the ages. What is special is that this is the only five-spired tower among Khmer temples in Tra Vinh which is the influence of Hindu thought on the universe, nature and humans.

Ang Pagoda

In the spiritual life of the Khmer people, the pagoda is not only a place to practice and perform Buddhist rituals but also a place to preserve and transmit traditional cultural values from generation to generation. With those great material and spiritual values, Ang Pagoda was ranked a national historical-cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in 1994.

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