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Ngoc Hoang Pagoda was visited by U.S President Barack Obama

obama-visit-ngoc-hoang-pagpda.jpgNgoc Hoang pagoda (Jade Emperor Pagoda), located in Mai Thi Luu street, District 1, Hochiminh city, has been existed for century. The pagoda was recognized as National Artistic and Architectural Relic.

 

 

Jade Emperor Pagoda was built in the period 1892-1900 and covers an area of 2,300 m2 following Chinese architectural design. In 1984, the pagoda was renamed Phuoc Hai Tu (Luck Sea Temple), but locals still preferred the old name ‘Ngoc Hoang’ (Jade Emperor) since the sanctum is to worship the supreme Taoist god. The pagoda is filled with parallel sentences, triptych, altars and statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes depicting characters from both Buddhist and Taoist Lores.

 

This is the only pagoda in Vietnam possessing the ancient paper statue which represents the meetings of the Jade Emperor and other Gods. In 1994, it was recognized as National Artistic and Architectural Relic.

 

The White House informed that President Obama would like to visit the Ngoc Hoang pagoda after arriving in HCM City to understand about the cultural and religious life of locals.

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Following are some pictures of his visit at the temple:

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