Location: Tran Hung Dao Temple is at 36 Vo
Thi Sau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristics: It was first erected 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.
It is styled after northern Vietnamese temples and communal houses. Inside,
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.