As for my family, one of the traditional activities in the Lunar New Year is to pay a visit to the pagodas around the city. In spite of not having much time, we still managed to visit several pagodas near our neighborhood.
The first pagoda we visited was Vinh Nghiem pagoda. The pagoda was built between 1964 and 1971 and became the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. The design of this pagoda was under influence of Vietnamese and Japanese culture.
Vinh Nghiem pagoda is famous for the highest stone tower in Vietnam. Its height is 14 meters with seven floors. The stone tower is carved elaborately with patterns of the Ly – Tran dynasties such as dragons and lotus.
Quán Thế Âm tower is built on the left of the pagoda and it has seven floors.
Another special feature of Vinh Nghiem pagoda is the large bronze bell. It is believed that if we strike the bell three times and say blessings, our wish will come true. I performed this ritual last year and most of my wishes came true. Therefore, this year I continued to strike the bell with blessings.