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Phu Chau - The Floating Temple in Saigon

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Religion plays an essential role in many of Vietnamese’s lives with Buddhism worshippers account for over 12% of the Vietnamese population. That’s why many infrastructures such as temple and pagoda are constructed to serve this spiritual need of Vietnamese and many of which are glamorously decorated. However, you’re less likely to run into any temples like Phu Chau floating temple. Just like its name, you’ll find it afloat amid the water surface.

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The magically floating temple in Saigon

How to Get to The Floating Temple in Saigon

Phu Chau temple is the one and only floating temple in Saigon. It is located at Pham Thuat river, Ward 5, Go Vap district which is a bit far from the center of Ho Chi Minh city. 

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Sophisticate sculptures and statues outside of the temple

The opening hour is 7 AM - 5 PM. To get there, you’ll have to get on a ferry which costs VND 10,000 per ticket. Chances are you’ll fall in love with nature around here and the adventure of crossing the lake to get to the temple.

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The ferry is the only way to get to the temple

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Amazingly fresh landscape

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What Is There at The Floating Temple in Saigon

Behold the natural landscape and amazing piece of architecture of the floating temple in Saigon. Inside the temple is the magnificent Chinese architectural style. There are hundreds of sculptures and statues that were sophisticatedly carved. You will be amazed by the colorful and garnish pieces of porcelain all over the walls and columns. The temple dates back to over 300 years. The infrastructure and reconstruction are said to have been particularly invested to build up such a fascinating temple.

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Colorful porcelain tiles on the temple column

The temple is not as crowded as most of the other temples, partially because of its distinct geographical condition. That is a good thing as you can have more space to discover and snap some marvelous photos. When you get tired, there are also benches for you to rest on.

temple bench
Get rest and recharge your energy

There are hundreds of dragon statues inside and outside of the temple. Entering the temple, you can see that the temple architecture carries ancient traits of Chinese culture.

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The unique Chinese architecture of the temple

Vietnamese usually go to temples and pray for their families. You can pay this temple a visit and pray for health, money, or even love. It is one of the Vietnamese tradition to go to temples and pray for their families on holidays. People also usually light up incense to show their respect to the Gods.

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Pray the Earth God for wealth

There are also Buddhist souvenirs inside of the temple. They are believed to bring good luck to the owner.

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A variety of Buddhism souvenirs

Read more on the Temples and Pagodas in Saigon

 

Conclusion of Phu Chau - The Floating Temple in Saigon

A unique construction like Phu Chau floating temple is not easy to find in any place else. Enjoy the breath-taking landscape and enrich your religious, historical and cultural knowledge in the one and only floating temple in Saigon.

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