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Located in Cholon in District 5, Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the deified general Quan Cong, who belonged to the Han Dynasty of 3nd century. The temple features ornate woodwork and lively paintings, and the main statue looks down from a glass case.The statue of Ong Bon, the guardian of happiness and virtue also stands to one side.
Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is proof of the multicultural nature of Ho Chi Minh City. Built by migrated Chaozhou Chinese in the early 19th century, the pagoda is an ode to the influence of the Chaozhou Chinese on Vietnamese culture. Also known as the Whale Temple, its ornate and delicate woodwork make it a remarkable sight. The entrance of the temple is decked with a large engraving of a wooden boat. To the left of it is a large depiction of Quan Cong’s horse and groom. Quan Cong, the deified Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms period, is depicted in a glass altar behind the main altar. The temple celebrates Quan De Ceremony to show gratitude towards Quan Cong, on 24th of June based on the lunar calendar. There are a number of Chinese temples in Ho Chi Minh built by the Chaozhou Chinese, but Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is one of the most beautiful and intricately designed. The traditional architecture perfectly reflects the aspects of their culture and religious heritage.
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