Location: Phung Son Pagoda is located at
1408 Duong 3 Thang 2, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: Phung Son Pagoda was established in the early 19th
century by Bonze Lieu Thong. Since then, it has undergone two major
restorations. Many statues found in the pagoda were created by a group of
craftsmen from Sa Dec.
Many years ago, it was decided that it should be moved to a different location.
All of the ritual objects were loaded on to the back of a white elephant for
transportation. On the way to the new site, the elephant slipped and all of the
precious objects fell into a nearby pond. This event was interpreted as a sign
that the pagoda should remain at its original location. All of the ritual
objects were retrieved, except the bell, which locals say was heard ringing
whenever there was a new or full moon up until a century ago. A number of
valuable statues, such as Di Da Tam Ton, Ngu Hien Thuong Ky Thu, a stone statue
of Buddha covered with gold leaves, and a ceramic statue of Tieu Dien are also
found in the pagoda. The surrounding area is an archaeological site from which
many artifacts were excavated, such as a baked earthen head statues and ceramic
items belonging to the Oc-Eo culture. The Ministry of Culture has recognized the
pagoda as a historical and cultural relic. People pray three times a day from 4
to 5 am, 4 to 5 pm, and 6 to 7 pm.