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Ong pagoda in Phan Thiet

Ong pagoda is considered as the most ancient and largest one of the Chinese in Binh Thuan, which is located Duc Nghia ward, Phan Thiet city. According to the document in Spirit Family or the traces carved on the girder of the sanctum top, the pagoda was built in 1770.The pagoda includes a row of houses creating majesty general building on a rather large area. The girders of the pagoda are elaborately carved and there are pairs of vermillion lacquered and gilded wood panels on the columns. There are also many wood carving paintings that describes classic references in a vivid way. In the sanctum, many details are carved meticulously, which deeply carries out Chinese architecture.

The overall architecture here is initialized from a large Chinese temple built to worship Quan Cong (Quan Thanh De Quan – Quan Van Truong mandarin in the time of the Three kingdoms). In Dai Nam Nhat Thong Chi Book , episode 12, it is called "Quan Cong Temple" , exactly to the name at that time. Nowadays, in the entrance of the pagoda, there is a signboard carrying three words “ Quan Thanh Mieu” written on it. Furthermore, inside the pagoda, they have worshiped only the statue of Quan Thanh De Quan together with other statues, but not Budda; besides there have been no head monks here. But among the masses of people from the old day until now, both the Vietnamese and Chinese people have been used to calling it “Ong pagoda”. The pagoda has an architecture and decorative style of Chinese art. The successsive blocks create the word "Kim".

The most interesting point in the architecture of the temple is the system of pillars, horns elaborately carved rafter, somewhat sharp and very similar in technical carved temples of Vietnam. All main columns are hung pairs of vermillion lacquered and gilded wood panels on. The most fantastic point is the paintings that describe Chinese classic references in eighteenth century. There are many striking pictures moved from China in the early of twentieth century. Moreover, there are nearly 100 pictures with different styles and contents in the pagoda.

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