The story of Saigon's ‘floating temple’

By Vi Yen   December 30, 2017 | 08:22 am GMT+7

Like many other spiritual sites in this city, the year-end is the time when this floating temple is at its busiest.

This temple in Ho Chi Minh City interests visitors as it covers the entire of an islet on Vam Thuat River in Go Vap District, and this makes it looks like a floating temple. The temple was born as Phu Chau but it seems like not many people really know it by that name, they all call it Floating Temple.

This temple in Ho Chi Minh City covers an entire islet on Vam Thuat River in Go Vap District, making it look as if it were floating. The temple was originally known as Phu Chau, but nowadays people call it the Floating Temple.

It was built over 300 years ago with a touch of Chinese architecture.

It was built over 300 years ago with a touch of Chinese influence.

A word of mouth story among locals has it that a fisherman found a body of a dead woman in this river back in the 18th century so he decided to buried her on this islet and build a temple to worship her. Ever since then, his life became much better. Locals then continue his work to expand and upgrade the temple into what it is now.

Legend has it that a fisherman found the body of a dead woman in the river back in the 18th century so he decided to bury her on the islet and build a temple to worship her. From that moment on, his life became much better. Locals have continued his work to expand and upgrade the temple to what it is now.

At the beginning of the year, people come here to pray for a new year of luck and peace and in the years end, they come to express gratitude to the five goddesses they call the Five Mothers.

At the beginning of the year, people come to pray for luck and peace, and to express their gratitude to the five goddesses they call “the Five Mothers”.

These are what they offer the goddesses: coconut, areca nuts, and chrysanthemum flowers.

Offerings to the goddesses include coconuts, areca nuts and chrysanthemums.

Some people sell caged birds or pond fish in front of the temple so that visitors can set them free.

Some people sell caged birds and fish in front of the temple so that visitors can “set them free” in an effort to earn some good karma.

The only way to reach the temple is to get on this boat. Hundreds of visitors stop by this temple every day.

The only way to reach the temple is by boat. Hundreds of visitors stop by this temple every day.

 
 
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