Thich Ca Phat Dai is situated about 3km from the center of Vung Tau City, Ba Ria Vung Tau province. This is one of the largest pagodas in Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Thich Ca Phat Dai means Platform of Shakyamuni Buddha. It was built between 1961 and 1963 on a plot of around five hectares, with a Zen Buddhist monastery at the foot of the plot and the Thich Ca Phat Dai at the top.
The site of the pagoda occupies an area of 6ha on the side of Big Mountain. The beauty of the 19m high pagoda lies in the harmonious combination between the natural surroundings and the architectural structure. The Zen monastery is a small brick temple built by a government official from Vung Tau in 1957.
In 1961, the Buddhist association organized a renovation of the monastery and decided to build the Thich Ca Phat Dai further up the mountain. Additional lodgings were built to cater to Buddhist pilgrims who visit the site.
This pagoda exists exclusively for religious worship. The pagoda is unique in its white cement construction of the giant statue of Thich Ca Buddha sitting on a large lotus blossom.
In addition, the pagoda has a 17m-high Blessing tower, containing a yellow box containing 13 Blessing spheres of the true practitioners. Under the tower are four peaks, which mean that the ground is where the Buddha was born.
The grounds are dense with foliage, resembling a jungle and heavily populated by birds. The white color of the statue and the stupa contrasts the blue and green background of the surrounding sky and forest.
The site has become a major tourist location in the city as well as a tourist lookout.
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