Biggest Khmer pagoda prayer hall opens

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The biggest main hall in a Khmer pagoda in Vietnam was inaugurated in Bac Lieu Province last week.

Construction on the structure in Vinh Loi District (Cu Lao Village, Hung Hoi Commune) started in 2001. It took the better part of a decade to build it because construction depended on donations that trickled in from the largely Khmer community.

The pagoda, which is 36.3 meters high and has an area of 427.5 square meters, is built in the traditional architecture of a Khmer Buddhist temple.

Superior Buddhist Monk Huu Hinh of the Ghositaram Pagoda said the large prayer hall would meet the needs of the Khmer people in the province and the region.

It will also contribute to teaching Buddhists tenets that will help people in the region live useful lives, he added.

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