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Xiem Can Pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu is a splendid architectural structure of the Khmer community and has long been a famous spiritual destination of the province.
Once visiting the pagoda, one will understand why it is listed among the biggest and most splendid Khmer pagodas in southern Vietnam.
Built in 1887, the pagoda is located on a spacious and airy campus with the gate turning to east. It has imposing architecture with Cambodia’s Angkor décor style.
The pagoda is not only a place to honor Buddha but also a center of Khmer culture and education. Before reaching the age of 18, Khmer children will be brought to the pagoda to learn about Khmer script, Buddhism and cultural characteristics of the Khmer community in three years.
During major Khmer festivals, Xiem Can pagoda is filled with locals and visitors who come to pray for luck and happiness.