The Quan Am Pagoda when directly translated means the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple. Found in Ho Chi Minh City, the pagoda is dedicated to the deity known as Quan Am to the Vietnamese, Quan Yin to the Chinese and Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit. It is believed to be oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City and is undoubtedly one of the most popular.
Along with many other temples found in the busy Cholon district of the city, the Quan Am Pagoda was built by Chinese traders and the Vietnam’s merchant community in 1816. It was also founded by the Fujian Congregation during the 19th Century. Today, the temple is considered one of the Cholon district’s most active pagodas with apparent displays of Chinese influences. It is frequented by many Vietnamese and Chinese Buddhists that drop by to pay their respects to Quan Am. [Read more…]