For those who love to have a spiritual journey, the Mekong Delta is a great destination as it is home to a large number of temples. Here is a list of some famous pagodas in the region, compiled by news website VnExpress.
1. Xiem Can Pagoda
Xiem Can Pagoda in Bac Lieu Province is listed among the biggest and most splendid Khmer pagodas in southern Vietnam.
Built in 1887, it is located on a spacious lot with the gate facing east and Cambodia’s Angkor architectural style.
As a famous religious site of Bac Lieu, the pagoda is filled with locals and visitors who come to pray for good luck and happiness during major Khmer festivals.
Xiem Can Pagoda. Photo credit: VnExpress
2. The Bat Pagoda
The Bat Pagoda in Soc Trang Province is around three kilometers from the province’s downtown. It was built in the 16th century and is one of the oldest pagodas here.
The pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture, especially its roof that shelters a large bat colony.
The pagoda also houses a full set of Ngu Am, traditional musical instruments that Khmer people often play during major festivals.
The Bat Pagoda
A set of Ngu Am music instruments in the Bat Pagoda
3. The Clay Pagoda
The formal name of this pagoda, also located in Soc Trang Province, is Buu Son Tu (Precious Mountain Temple).
It was founded over 200 years ago by a Chinese family named Ngo and is now run by members of the family's fourth generation.
As nearly every object inside the pagoda is made entirely of clay, it is commonly called the Clay Pagoda. Visitors to the Clay Pagoda can see more than 1,900 small and large Buddha statues and a large number of prayer objects made of clay.
The gate of the Clay Pagoda
An elephant statue made of clay
4. Vinh Trang Pagoda
This temple stands at the heart of a 2-hectare orchard in a rural village around one kilometer northeast of My Tho City, the capital of Tien Giang Province.
The façade of the pagoda has features of both Asian and European architecture.
The beautiful green garden inside the pagoda gives visitors a relaxing time after a tour.
Vinh Trang Pagoda
5. Ang Pagoda
Ang (full name Ang Korajaborey) is the most ancient Khmer pagoda among 141 Khmer pagodas in Tra Vinh Province.
Located around five kilometers southwest of the province’s downtown, the pagoda mesmerizes with typical Khmer architecture.
Although it was built more than 10 centuries ago, the pagoda still retains its original objects and architectural features. It is surrounded by centuries-old green trees.
The pagoda is a famous spiritual destination of the province and a venue for Khmer festivals.