National Art – Architecture Relic: Quan Am Co Tu Pagoda
Phat To Pagoda (Quan Am Co Tu pagoda) is located at No. 84/4, Rach Chua Street, Ward 4, Ca Mau city, Ca Mau province. It was built in 1840 and restored and embellished for many times but still remains with the ancient architecture with tiled roofs similar to pavilion roof of the Mekong Delta. Unique features in architectural lines in Tam Dao is the use of ceramic products decorative layers of cement to form a church with the image of sacret objects (Long – Lan – Qui – Phung) around the Main Hall as a cover for Buddha statues.
Photos: Tue Nguyen
The pagoda has many statues, parallel sentences and Buddhist worship vestiges in the reclamation period. In 1842, Nguyen Dynasty honorably conferred the title of “Quan Am Co Tu Pagoda” upon Phat To Pagoda. This is the only ancient pagoda in Ca Mau which remains with ancient architecture. During the anti-America resistance war, Phat To pagoda became a place of harboring revolutionary soldiers. Many monks of Phat To Pagoda sacrificed and became martyrs in the struggle for national independence and liberation. On November 24, 2000, Phat To Pagoda was recognized as National art – architecture relic by the Ministry of Culture – Information (now the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).
Coming to Phat To pagoda, tourists from everywhere not only express their religious beliefs and send their belief in the spiritual realm but also contemplate mysterious and solemn beauty of an unique national architecture relic.
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