Mahatup or Doi Pagoda
Soc Trang Province, located at the end tip of Hau River, a distributary of the Mekong River, boasts a convergence of Chinese, Kinh, Khmer and Cham cultural heritages.
Visitors to Bat Pagoda can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and explore the Khmer architecture in this temple.
Located on Van Ngoc Chinh Street, Ward 3, Soc Trang Town, the capital of the province of the same name, the pagoda is surrounded by tall trees and has an ancient atmosphere.
Its Khmer name "Seray Te Cho Mahatup" means blessing while its Vietnamese nickname is "doi". or bats descended from creatures that chose this area to live.
Evergreen trees storing rich resin reserves in their trunks attract thousands of fruit bats.At dusk, flocks of bats filled the sky above the courtyard were considered auspicious by shamans.
The pagoda is adorned with common Khmer architectural motifs such as naga, a snake deity or pointed towers on the roof.
Sa Lon or Chen Kieu Pagoda
Sa Lon (full name: Wath Sro Loun) in Dai Tam Commune, 12 km from Soc Trang Town's center, was originally a simple structure made of wood and leaves in the 19th century.It was rebuilt in 1969 into its present form.
Due to the lack of construction materials, neighborhood residents had donated ceramic tableware to the monks to decorate the walls and facade.
Som Rong Pagoda
Patum Wongsa Som Rong, or Som Rong Pagoda, is located at 367 Ton Duc Thang Street, Ward 5, Soc Trang Town.Like Sa Lon, the pagoda dates back to about 1785, originally built of bamboo, wood, and simple thatched roof.
Around this area there are many local Som Rong trees, which bear the name of the temple.
The temple, which is regularly restored, has a reclining Buddha, main hall, monastery and stupa.
The reclining Buddha image can be seen under the blue sky from hundreds of meters away.It is 63 meters long, 22.It is 5 meters tall, weighs 490 tons and is 28 meters above the ground.
Som Rong combines both traditional Khmer architecture and modern design with a unique color scheme, gray instead of the popular flamboyant display of yellow.
Som Rong is decorated in the typical style of Theravada or Theravada Buddhism of the Khmer.
Day Om Pu Pagoda
Day Om Pu Pagoda in Phu Giao Communal Village, Thanh Quoi Commune, My Xuyen, a rural district of Soc Trang Province, was established in 1951 and inaugurated in 1957.
You can find the characteristic golden spiers commonly found in ornate temples throughout other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar at Day Om Pu.
The god Kayno (Kerno) is venerated through statues with outstretched wings located just below the eaves of the roof.
Sumptuous golden pillars feature bas-relief carvings.
A sculpture of Budda in meditation at Day Om Pu Pagoda.
Photo by Thanh Tinh, Quang Du Hy
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