Builted in a very good loacation, the mountain behind and the sea in front, Ho Quoc pagoda is a spiritual tourist spot for tourists when having the opportunity of visiting Phu Quoc.
About Ho Quoc pagoda
Ho Quoc pagoda, also called Truc lam Ho Quoc Monastery, was built in 2012 and is one of the biggest pagodas in the west of southern region.
The pagoda was built in a good position, the mountain behind and the sea in front in the architecture style of Ly and Tran dynasties with the works including Dai Hung Bao Dien, Patriarch House, Bell tower and Drum tower.
Beforing entering the pagoda, you will see Cong Tam Quan including 3 gates (the main gate is Cua Dia Giac, Cua Bat Nhi on the left and Cua Giai Thoat on the right). Through these 3 gates, the tourists see a big yard leading to the main palace. To get there, we will step about 70 stairs. There are 2 towers in 2 sides: the one on the left contains a big drum and the other one on the right has a big brass bell.
Although Ho Quoc pagoda is belonged to the system of Truc Lam Monastery, its architecture is a bit different from that of other pogodas because Ho Quoc pagoda was built by ironwood columns so the height of rooms is limited based on the height of the columns.
In addition, the pagoda has a altar of Duc Ong like in the pagodas in the north.
Ho Quoc pagoda (or Truc Lam Ho Quoc Monastery) is one of the works in the project of spritual tourist area with the area of more than 110ha (the area of the pagoda accounts for about 12%) in Suoi Lon ward, Duong To commune, Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang province.
The pagoda had been built with more than 1000 people working continuously for 14 months and the construction cost of more than 100 billion dongs (including road fund) which is called for by businesses and donors to contribute.
The history of Ho Quoc pagoda
- October 14th, 2011: the pagoda began to build, belonged to the spiritual tourist area ( the total area of the project is 110ha and thearea of the pagoda accounts for 12% of the project). It is considered as the biggest pagoda in Phu Quoc and Mekong Delta.
- December 14th, 2012: after 14 months of construction, the Pagoda officially inaugurated and welcame the 1st group of Buddhist and visitors to visit. After building the total cost of building the temple was 80 billion VND and the cost for the road to the temple was 20 billionVND.
- 2013-2014: the pagoda was built sub items in order to make the landscape of the pagoda become more attractive to attract tourists.
How to get Ho Quoc pagoda
From Duong Dong town, you go to the way to Phu Quoc prison. About 1km from the way to Bai Sao beach on the left, there is a small road. This is the way to Ho Quoc pagoda (the other side is Suoi Lon residential area). On the way, you will see a instruction board to the concrete road with the wildth of more than 6km and it is about 4km from there to the pagoda. There are two ways: going straight and turning on the left. The way of turning on the left leads to the behind of the pagoda and it is an internal road so you shouls not go to this way).
From the entrance of the temple, there are 18 La Han stone carvings, each side with nine. Then coming up before you are two up ways by the stairs. In the middle is carpet carving with dragon motif, lotus flower patterns.
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