Pagoda in Central Highlands blends Japanese, Chinese architectural finery

By Kieu Duong   March 18, 2020 | 07:01 pm GMT+7

Minh Thanh Pagoda in Gia Lai Province is best known for its ancient beauty, offering a fused architecture of Japanese and Chinese craftsmanship.

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Situated in Hoi Phu Ward, about 2 km from Pleiku Town's center, Minh Thanh Pagoda is deemed the most beautiful in Gia Lai thanks to its unique architectural influence.

The pagodas main hall can be seen right after passing the Tam Quan gate, a triple gate architecture commonly seen at many pagodas in Vietnam.

The pagoda's main hall can be seen right after passing a three-entrance gate. The complex was built across 20,000-square-meters in 1964 by Venerable Thich Giac Dao, creating a place of worship for local Buddhists.

On top of the edged roof of the main hall are dragon decorative designs, a mythical creature of great importance in Vietnamese traditions and beliefs.

The edged roof of the main hall carries dragon designs, a mythical creature of great importance in Vietnamese traditions and beliefs.

Since the pagoda was renovated and rebuilt in 2017, the current buildings bare a more majestic look than before. The upgraded main hall is now 16 meters tall, with its ceiling made of po mu wood from the Central Highlands along with two thick wooden doors, each 6 meters in height.

The pagoda also has nine-level tower with Buddhist relic inside that is 70 meters tall and has many similarities with Japanese Buddhist architectures.

The pagoda boasts a nine-level, 70 meter tower housing Buddhist relics and including a Japanese Buddhist sorin or spire at its top.

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One of the two embossed statues located symmetrically on both sides of the main hall's entrance.

Inside the main hall are wooden statues of the Buddhas, about four meters tall,

Inside the main hall are wooden statues of the Buddhas, about four meters tall.

One of the four Guan Yin statues in the main hall.

One of four Guan Yin statues (middled).

A corner inside of the pagoda.

A tranquil corner inside the pagoda.

.In addition to religious purposes, Minh Thanh Pagoda is also a famous popular travel destination of Pleiku Town, attracting thousands of tourists to visit and take photos every year.

Minh Thanh Pagoda attracts thousands of pilgrims to Pleiku each year.

 
 
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