HCM City: Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda rebuilt - HCM City: Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda rebuilt - Website Ho Chi Minh City
Construction of the new Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda began on October 12 in district 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, said the project will be a 13-storey, 63-metre-high tower to symbolise the spirit of service and unity of 13 organisations, associations and sects in the establishment of the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in 1963.
The stupa will house an altar for the heart of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, who set himself on fire 51 years ago to protest against the repression of Buddhists by the American-supported Saigon government, said the Venerable, who heads the HCM City Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Board.
The work, covering a site of 10,000 square metres, is expected to be completed in two years at a total cost of 150 billion VND (7.1 million USD).
The old Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda was built in 1963 on a site of nearly 4,000 square metres.
In September this year, the HCM City People's Committee donated more than 7,200 square metres to the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to re-build the Pagoda.