Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda, also known as One Pillar Pagoda Ho Chi Minh City is located on Dang Van Bi Street, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda started its construction on 8 April 1958 by Monk Thich Tri Dung with the support of Do Thi Vinh, a Buddhist. It was imitated the architecture and design of One Pillar Pagoda (Dien Huu Pagoda) in Hanoi, which was built in 11th century. With unique architectural style under the drawings of architect Nguyen Gia Duc, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda was completed in 1977 after nearly 20 years of construction. Through many lifetimes of abbots, the pagoda has been much more spacious and magnificent becoming one of the famous pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City and attracting the great number of both Buddhists and tourists to worship and pray for peace.
Compared to One Pillar Pagoda Hanoi, the architecture of One Pillar Pagoda Ho Chi Minh City is only different from building materials. Meanwhile One Pillar Pagoda Hanoi is built with ironwood; Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is built with reinforced concrete. The pagoda is strongly inspired with the ancient architecture of pagodas in the North from the layout of worshiping to sophisticated patterns as well as cross, truss and roof tiles. The pillar of the pagoda is solidly cast with reinforced concrete. As one of the most unique Ho Chi Minh City pagodas, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda was built for the purpose of being both a historical relics and scenic spot for the southerners to admire. These unique architectural features contribute to promote Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda to become one of the fascinating Ho Chi Minh City attractions.
Looking from the three-entrance gate, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is situated right in the middle of Long Nhan (Dragon Eye) Lake with blue water all year round. The lake is home to both carps and turtles. Adorned the lake is the pink lotus buds covering an area of over 600m2 lake water surface. The pagoda is placed on a pillar about 12 meters high with the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara inside bringing the tranquil and calm atmosphere to the pagoda. On the lake, Nam Thien Nhat Tru carries the rising lotus shape with subtle decorative motifs. More specifically, when setting foot on the pagoda, admiring the majestic beauty and immersing in the green tranquil landscapes here, tourists surely feel like to forget the chaos of the modern life. Discovering Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is definitely one of the most impressive things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
Behind Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is the sanctum solemnly decorated with the texture of 3 compartments including Shakyamuni Buddha in the middle, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in both sides. There are also the memorial houses of Monk Thich Tri Dung and Nam Thien stupas behind the sanctum. In particular, setting foot on the pagoda, tourists will have a chance to admire the statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva casted from 61kg of precious metals, the massive statue of Buddha Amitabha and the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree... Thanks to its unique beauty, Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda annually welcomes millions of tourists and Buddhist devotees to go sightseeing and worship, which becomes one of the fascinating tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.
It can be said that Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is the rendezvous for people in the South and tourists having the opportunity to admire One Pillar Pagoda right at the heart of the bustling and hustling Saigon. It feels like that people find it easy to realize a symbol of Hanoi looming in Saigon. In addition, the two one pillar pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have become a relatively clear symbol of architecture, history and culture in Vietnam. It deserves one of the indispensable tourist addresses in the journey of discovering Ho Chi Minh City travel attracting the great number of both domestic and international tourists.
Twigs of willow silhouetting the lake, green trees in the pagoda and the unique architecture of Nam Thien Nhat Tru Pagoda is the harmonious combination between the landscape and nature, between human and universe. Looking for the place of purification is also to clean the soul to live better and much more useful. Nam Thien Nhat Tru has become the pagoda retaining harmonious combination of culture, history and modern environment; simultaneously, it is a historical site in Ho Chi Minh City City. The pagoda significantly contributes to bring Ho Chi Minh City tourism closer to tourists.