It was an early start for us to go to the Mekong Delta which included a visit to Vĩnh Tràng Chùa Buddhist temple on the way.
At about 8am, we were picked up by coach at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (which is commonly referred to as Saigon, its former name) and driven to My Tho city. A drive which took about 2 hours. Mama Mia, the traffic driving to My Tho was so bad that I made a promise to myself to never complain about Brisbane traffic again. Of course that was a silly promise.
Mỹ Tho city is located in the Mekong Delta region and is where we stopped to visit the Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda and Buddhist temple which is one of the best known temples in the region.
The architecture of Vinh Trang Pagoda is a harmonious combination of Asian and European types of architecture, creating the splendid, but simple features of this Buddhist pagoda.
The complex has been renovated and looks outstanding with three huge Buddhas: reclining, sitting and standing outside signifying the past, the present and the future.
The beautifully landscaped grounds are magnificent. It is an easy place to spend some delightful time wandering around taking in the stunning architecture, the gardens, the statues and the serene atmosphere.
The pagoda is surrounded by gardens of ornamental trees, ancient trees and bonsai, creating a peaceful atmosphere. It provided shelter for Vietnamese patriots and is recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the government.
The gardens of the temple are decorated with many pot plants full of exquisite flowering shrubs, flowers and trees and my favourite, the water lilies in the beautiful ponds.
If you truly enjoy the outdoors and beautiful Asian and European types of architecture, you should not miss Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern Vietnam architectural gem.