Da Nang pagoda to receive old painting from Japan

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A Japanese temple will donate to a pagoda in Da Nang a painting said to have been taken to Japan 400 years ago as a gift from the Vietnamese king, local news website VietNamNet reported.

The “Avalokitesvara Scroll” is a famous painting of a bodhisattva. It was brought to Japan by a ship of the Chaya Family and has been reserved as a national treasure at the Jomyo Temple in Japan’s Nagoya City.

The painting is expected to be donated to Tam Thai Pagoda next week when a group of monks from Jomyo Temple visit Da Nang, according to the report.

Tam Thai is located on the Thuy Son Mountain, 13 kilometers from downtown Da Nang. The pagoda was built in 1630 when Hoi An was just established as a trade center.

The pagoda has a stele recording contributions from Japanese traders in the construction of local pagodas.

The Jomyo Temple has another famous painting which depicts activities of Japanese traders in Hoi An at the beginning of the 17th century.

Source: Thanh Nien

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