Tran Hung Dao Temple is situated at 36 Vo Thi Sau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It is an interesting place to visit in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.
Tran Hung Dao (1228–1300), also known as Grand Prince Hung Dao, was an imperial prince, statesman and military commander of Dai Viet during the Tran Dynasty. Born Prince Tran Quoc Tuan, he commanded the Dai Viet armies that repelled two out of three major Mongol invasions in the 13th century. His multiple victories over the Yuan Dynasty under Kublai Khan are considered among the greatest military feats in Vietnamese history.
The temple was first built in 1932 as a Buddhist pagoda bearing the name of Van An. In 1958, it was entirely rebuilt, featuring the architecture seen today, forming a T-shape with two-piled up roofs and eight curved corners adorned with dragon and phoenix figures.
Tran Hung Dao temple Saigon is styled after northern Vietnamese temples and communal houses. Inside the temple, there are many horizontal and vertical lacquered boards, as well as carved and meticulously inlaid incense tables. On the wall, there are pictures of Tran Hung Dao as he chased away Kublai Khan’s Mongol aggressors in the 13th century.
The greatest ceremonies at the temple occur over the New Year and on the 20th day of the eighth lunar month to celebrate Tran Hung Dao.
The temple is open daily from 6 to 11am and from 2 to 6 pm.
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