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Phu Chau Mieu
The Floating Temple


The floating pearl temple

          The Phu Chau Temple means literally "Floating Pearl Temple". It is a rare appearance in the middle of the concrete jungle Saigon. No, this Buddhist temple floats not real, but is built on a small island in the middle of a tributary of the Saigon River, the Vam Thuat River. The temple takes the whole island up and it look like a ship in the water. If you want to visit the temple, you have to go by boat. For a return one counts about 50 cents.
 

This temple is so different from the others. The temple was built 300 years ago and has been changed often. The temple is adorned with elaborate mosaics, sculptures and images of many dragons, tigers and phoenixes. The entrance is decorated with dragons, o the left, on the right and on the top. In the great hall they worship Buddha Maitreya, on both sides you see Gautama Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth.
Originally, the temple was dedicated to the sailors. Before they sailed the sailors came here to pray for a safe journey, happiness and peace. Today, many other gods are worshiped in this temple. Incense is burned to honour the ancestors.
There are nowadays many fortunetellers at the temple. Birds are sold to visitors. If you have bought one and release the bird, you're blessed with happiness.

 


The gate with dragons

According to a legend from the 18th century on the banks of the river Vam Thuat was a fishing village. One day a fisherman found the dead body of a woman in his fishing net. He buried the body of the woman on the island. Then he built on the island a temple to worship her. This must have been the beginning of the Phu Chau Mieu Temple.

In 1989, there was a renovation, after the temple had been neglected for 15 years. It is a gem among the temple in Ho Chi Minh City. Chau Phu Temple is recognized as one of the most unique architectural masterpieces in the city.
Yet it is remarkable that this temple so little visited by tourists. But yes, it must be difficult for tourist to find the Go Vap district (south of town).


As a ship in the river

 


the little feery


 

 

 

 

 


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