Monday, October 4, 2010

vietnam pagodas

the driver was trying to say that he'll bring me to another Pagoda as if telling me, one more but since i only negotiated for one pagoda. i replied "i have no more money" thinking that he might take advantage of the chance and later on charge me more but again he replied as if saying "no problem" as he handed me the helmet.
this time going farther, took a right turn out of the long highway of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia going to 3 Thang 2 street. this time a seven-tiered pagoda tower came into view. unlike most of the pagodas, this one has its tower right on top of the main temple entrance. a typical Buddhist temple would have its tower on one side.
we went inside, took some photos while the driver was out of sight. after few minutes, he appeared, this time leading me to the stairs up to the next level. an open area with statues of Buddhas on one side and some other warriors on some corners.made a walk around this level and gave him an okay sign to tell him that i'm done taking photos and i'm ready to go back down. to my surprise, he led me to another set of stairs this time going up the topmost level of the pagoda. this time so excited as i never imagined reaching a pagoda's stupa. all i wished was to see the pagodas from below but going up was a privilege. on our way up, in my mind i was saying "this man deserves more than the 100,000dong for bringing me here".the 360 degrees view from the top was beautiful. again realizing of how rewarding it can be to wake up early and start exploring. if there was chair up there, i could have spent more time. we rushed down as i remembered that i have a bus to catch in an hour.
before we took off, he ordered a cold coffee and shared it to me while we're sitting on a small plastic chair just outside Quoc tu pagoda. i paid the coffee as a compliment for bringing me to the stupa.
after few minutes, rode off thinking that we're going back to the hotel but we ended up visiting another pagoda. this time, Chua An Quang pagoda which has a small area but was as beautiful as the other two. as much as i want to visit all the pagodas around Ho Chi Minh, i just took some shots from below and left the temple and this time telling my driver to bring me back to the hotel as he was insisting that there's one more.
when i negotiated for this trip, i was only expecting to visit one but i ended up visiting three. so i dedicate this post to my driver (photo on top) whose name i didn't even know. i owe this driver big time but what was odd was we never had a decent conversation. we were just doing signs and speaking as if we we're understanding one another. surprisingly, we did.

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

GPS location
Quoc Tu Pagoda
10^ 46' 21.42" N
106^ 41' 34.02" E

GPS location
Chua An Quang Pagoda
10^ 46' 21.98" N
106^ 41' 36.03" E

escape rate:
temple location: 3.5
temple historical background: 3.0
temple structure: 3.5
temple pagoda: 3.5

25 comments:

Photo Cache said...

boy that was your lucky day meeting that driver. blessings from above. such a great added bonus to an already exciting trip.

gillboard said...

you had a good driver that day. sana ganun lahat ng tour guide sa pinas.

loved the view from the top.

fufu said...

wow damn nice!!! was impressed by first pictures... hihihi i personally found that the pagodas are kinda the mixture of china and thailand :) great =p you guys met a nice people that day!lucky~

Mokong™ said...

Nice set of photos there... my favorites are the buddhas and the stairs shots...

alicesg said...

Must be your lucky day. Nice to meet a nice driver and visiting 3 pagodas. Lovely photos.

witsandnuts said...

I like most the stairs shot. It's not everyday we meet a gracious driver. Lucky you!

ni├▒abonitanggala said...

awesome pics dom!..i love the view from the top..this will surely be one of the reasons why i will go back to vietnam.then si manong ang bait..lucky you!

ellen joy belmonte santos said...

wow ang bait naman ng driver na nakuha mo!! seriously Dong some people really dont care about the money ehh, what matters most is yung maipagmalaki nila yung country nila.Sana nakuha mo yung number ni kuyang driver.. sayang !! heheh

ps.
yung mga photos was fantastic parang dinala mo na din ako sa vietnam

Pietro said...
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Pietro said...

Beautiful series of images. Pagodas are always of great effect in the photographs. You were lucky to find that kind driver.

Luna Miranda said...

it's always heart-warming when we meet kind strangers on these trips. your driver is proud of his city and would like to show it off to a visitor. i enjoy each photo--adik ako sa mga pagoda and temples.:p

journeyingjames said...

astig si manong driver! nice photos

Chyng said...

the thing I valued most in every trip: random acts of kindness. :)
mas gumaganda yung experience dahil sa kanila.

pusang kalye said...

yan ang ibig sabihin ng going the extra mile. alam mo kung mahal ng isang tao ang ginagawa nya----at di lang puro pera ang habol.

Nice pagodas there in Vietnam. the one you featured is small and simple---I think---pero syempre andun parin ang distinctive feel.

Sidney said...

That is a cool and friendly driver !
A rare breed...

You took some very nice pictures of those pagodas.

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ahmer said...

wow photos. this is on my list too : )

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

We do owe it to our very enthusiastic drivers/guides who lead us to paths we wouldn't have otherwise thought of seeing.
So did you end up paying him more than what you agreed upon?

Eds said...

aww! ang bait naman ng driver na nakuha mo. you're so lucky!

another nice set of photos dongho.

Sendo said...

nice...i wish i could go to vietnam to...the thought of going around another country, discovering, exploring....is already great! How much more being there! you must have enjoyed a lot huh! ^^ gaganda ng mga pagoda oh..Nice......sang bansa na naman next? ^^

Faith Salazar said...

Too bad I wasn't able to visit these types of temples when I went to Vietnam. Puro mga pandak lang. Will do soon. Nice photos!

nuts said...

ang blessings talaga dumadating na di natin alam at di naka plan. imagine kung di ka dinala ni manong driver, dami mo pala na-miss sana. galing! you're blessed talaga. pinagpapala ang mabait.. =)

Bengbeng said...

u met a nice guy. i wont b surprised if he worships there too. in his position i would do the same for u.. being a foreigner n fancy camera n all that some more telling him u had no more money :)

it looks quite like our local tua pek kong too

Raft3r said...

hehe
astig si manong driver, ah

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

there's a different vibe with saigon!its such an alive city with so many things to do and discover! i haven't been to northern vietnam though but saigon in general is a pleasant city to go to!

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