Binh Thuy temple, also know as Long Tuyen Communal House, is the place to worship Thanh Hoang, a deity that is enshrined the village. Among all the remaining ancient communal houses in the southwestern region, it can be said that Dinh Binh Thuy in Can Tho is one of the most majestic and most splendid art style. Coming to visit Binh Thuy temple, you not only admire the ancient architecture, but also have the opportunity to learn the history of formation of this sacred temple.
Where is the temple?
Binh Thuy suspension site is located under Can Tho Bridge and next to the bank of Binh Thuy River. It is located opposite the river with Nam Nha pagoda and nearby is the road leading to the old house of Binh Thuy. It is located about 7km from Can Tho city center.
Opening hours of Binh Thuy communal house: Morning 7:30 – 10:30 and Afternoon 13:30 – 17:30.
The history of the Binh Thuy temple
In 1844, Binh Thuy communal house was built to worship the Thanh Hoang of Binh Hung village, Ba Xuyen district, An Giang province. Its architecture is mainly bamboo, wood and thatched.
In 1852 , Emperor Tu Duc approved the ordination to this area as Bon Canh Thanh Hoang. Then, the temple has been completely rebuilt in 1910.
On September 5, 1989 the temple was certified as a national monument.
Architecture of the Binh Thuy temple
Binh Thuy temple is located on a plot of land more than 4000 m². The temple is built on a high and deep foundation, the front house and the back house are square, each side has 6 columns, the pillars are large, round make the buildings more stable.
The main sanctum, on the top of the roof is covered with ornamentation of people, qilin, and common carp transforming into dragons. The front of the house is cement columns decorated with delicate embossed flowers.
The place where the small square house is located is Nghi Thuong’s altar used as the main ceremony of festivals.
In the main hall: in the middle of the house is the main altar. Opposite the right wall is the altar of the dignified Tien Giac and the altar of Tien Hien. Close to the innermost wall in the nave is the altar of the Hau De, the two sides are two altars Huu Bang and Ta Bang. Outside the communal house, there are two large shrines worshiping the Shennong and the Tiger god.
Dinh Binh Thuy is a valuable work in artistic architecture. Although it was built in the early 20th century, the temple’s architecture still retains many traditional architectural elements of the nation. The temple still retains the decorative motifs close to national art. The wood carving art here is very delicate and lively. Hidden under this temple is not only the traditional history origin of an ancient village of the South, but also the place to preserve the quintessential values of culture in the delta river.
Festival at Binh Thuy communal house
Every year, the local people organize the festivities of Thuong Dien (breaking land), held from April 12 to April 14 (lunar calendar), and Ha Dien (initiating farm work), held on December 14th and 15th (lunar calendar as well).
The festival has a lively and joyful atmosphere with folk games such as duck-dropping, tug-of-war, singing, and cooking local foods … This is a cultural festival that attracts thousands of people everywhere to participate and pray for the nation’s peace, good weather, peaceful family. Binh Thuy temple celebration is one of the three largest congregations in the Mekong Delta river.
Binh Thuy Dinh was built in the early 20th century with the influence of Chinese architecture and the Vietnamese people in the South at that time. It is considered as a cultural representative of southern art and architecture in the early 20th century, a typical living evidence in Can Tho still exists today.