Lying at the foot of Chanh Hung Bridge in District 8, HCMC, An Phu Pagoda with a history of more than 170 years is frequented by foreign tourists who want to explore its ancient and unique architecture.
Its history dates back to Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until 1945. Construction of the pagoda was completed in 1847 by Venerable Thich Thanh Duc under the reign of King Tu Duc.
Due to the deteriorating structures, the pagoda underwent restoration in 1961 under Master Monk of Thich Tu Bach. Restoration work lasted until 2004.
One of the features of the pagoda that all wall surfaces and columns for the both exterior and interior are stunningly decorated with nearly 30 tons of broken porcelain pieces, including chipped plates, bowls and vases, making it the only porcelain pagoda in HCMC. Continue reading “A 170-year-old pagoda in HCM City”