Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda Ho Chi Minh

if there is an exciting way to explore Ho Chi Minh, it would definitely be by riding a motorbike and experience first hand how it is to go along the hundreds of motorbikes that drive along each street in the city.

since visiting the towering Pagodas was not on our itinerary, i decided early the next day to wake up early and visit at least one of Vietnam's Buddhist pagoda. checked in the internet and chose to visit just one, since Ho Chi Minh is a quite a big city to explore all the other pagodas.

Pagodas are towers which represents a house of worship for Buddhist and Taoist but according to wikipedia, in Vietnam it is a more generic term referring to a place of worship as a whole. this city alone has seven pagodas.it took me quite some time to choose one and ended up with Vinh Ngiem Pagoda which is under the third district of Ho Chi Minh just along the highway of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. i had to do it alone since my travel buddies Nadz and Melissa decided to take more sleeping hours."bring me to Vinh Ngiem Pagoda" while pointing at the temple in the map of Ho Chi Minh trying to negotiate with a motorbike driver outside of our hotel in De Tham street. we agreed at 100,000Vietnam Dong roughly at 225Php two way and immediately handed me a helmet.

thinking that he already knew the place, i started to take photos along the way but to my surprise, he brought me to Ben Thanh market and i brought out the map again and this time pointing at the street that goes to the Pagoda. then he nodded.just about 20minutes we reached Vinh Ngiem Pagoda, which is actually the first Pagoda in Vietnam to be built in Vietnamese traditional architecture. unaware that it was actually the birthday of Buddha during that time and so a tent was laid out in front of the temple with people offering flowers and incense.

we went up the main area and with the driver who was now so aggressive in bringing me around the temple after seeing my camera. he even seemed more excited than i am. not much difference from the Buddhist temples in the Philippines only that this has a pagoda.

had the chance to enter and politely took some photos since it was not prohibited. i felt fulfilled as i can't leave Vietnam without visiting a pagoda. signaled my driver that i am ready to go back to the hotel but he was trying to tell me something while doing some hand sign which looked like he's bringing me to another one or maybe he meant something else. that comes on my next post.

island: Greater Asia
city: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location
10^ 46' 20.99" N
106^ 41' 22.02" E

escape rate:
temple location: 4.0
temple historical background: 3.5
temple structure: 3.5
temple pagoda: 3.5

51 comments:

Chyng said...

i tried riding the motorbike too, wore the helmet and mega kapit ng mahigpit sa driver. ayun pala hindi uso sa kanila yung kumakapit. haha (ok fine, turista ako, 1st time)

the tent is colorful, sabagay its a birthday. i like that shot. inggit nako talaga sa wideness ng shots mo.

Photo Cache said...

what serendipitous timing to visit the temple/pagoda.

inggit din ako sa experience na ito. sana makarating din ako.

gillboard said...

they're like churches, right?

fufu said...

wow magnificent!!! damn i just passed by this pagoda!! >< but anyway glad to see the pictures here =p

jasperjugan said...

ganda talaga nitong pagoda na to.. nice capture!

Mokong™ said...

ganda par ng mga kuha.. UWA lens ba gamit mo dyan?

witsandnuts said...

Woooooow! First photo pa lang sobrang impressive na. Ang galing galing ng mga shots! Now I am considering visiting Ho Chi Minh.

niñabonitanggala said...

nice post dom! thanks to you nakita ko din what a pagoda looks like in vietnam. we were not able to visit a pagoda while we were in vietnam...thank you... :)

casino online said...

How I wish to visit this Pagoda.

alicesg said...

Fantastic that you can visit the temple by using sign language. The photos are fantastic. I

Bengbeng said...

Dong, I am really enjoying yr posts :) Cant wait for the next one

dong ho said...

>hi Chyng, you made me laugh on that experience. but those are the ones which becomes memorable. bili ka na ng wide angle lens or better yet an ultra wide lens.

>Photocache, so true. i recommend HCMC for those who wants to enjoy city walks and of course the motorbike ride.

>Gillboard, yes.

>Fufu, hope that you get your chance to explore those pagodas next time you visit HCMC.

>Jasper, maganda din yung iba and i wish to see the other pagodas of China.

>Mokong, thanks! it's wide angle lens 14-42 but not uwa.

>Hi Witsandnuts, salamat! sana nga maakapunta ka rin. alot a longer time when you go there.

>Hi Nins, but we missed mekong river. i hope you get to post your photos as well.

>Casinoonline, grab a chance.

>hi Alicesg, well it doesnt always work easily. the map somehow helps.

>Bengbeng, thanks!

I am Xprosaic said...

maiba lang... kasi wala naman akong masabi sa vietnam kundi inggit much...lol... di ko alam pano gymamit ng gps.... pano ba gumana yun!? ahahahah applicable ba yung gps sa fone? hehehhehe

ellen joy belmonte santos said...

wow ang ganda ng mga photos mo! =) kakainggit talaga sana ma include ko din yan sa mga future travels ko.

SandyCarlson said...

That pagoda was a breath of fresh air and some peace and stillness at the end of a great day. Thanks.

Borneo Falcon said...

Awesome temple

Lawstude said...

medyo nabitin naman ako sa kwento. hmmm, ano kaya ang ibig sabihin ng driver? abangan...

nuts said...

Galing! number one fan mo talaga ako, yung angle at lawak ng naabot ni Fang.. galing ng mga shots mo talaga.
i'll wait for the next post.. bitin.. =)

Sidney said...

Impressive pagoda !

Luna Miranda said...

i am also amazed at pagodas and Buddhist temples--siguro dahil wala dito sa atin.:p beautiful colors, dom. i should go to Vietnam!!!! i had the chance to go last year, pero nagpakabayani ako!:p

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Thanks for sharing your photos.

casino on line said...

Yes will definitely do Dong Ho. Thanks for posting.

Raft3r said...

ayoko sa mga motor at scooters
may trauma ako dyan
hehe

bukod naman don ay wala na akong ibang issues sa vietnam

very cool country with rich history to boot pa

Ian said...

the pagoda was one of the shooting scenes of TV Series "Vietnam Rose" by ABS-CBN Ch.2 in 2005.

SandyCarlson said...

These are utterly spectacular. You have me hungry for a visit to the monastery in New York State. So comforting, so beautiful.

Traveling Hawk said...

Exceptional photos!

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