Sung Hung Pagoda is renowned as the most ancient pagoda in Phu Quoc. This place retains its harmonious architecture in an airy ground. If you are traveling to Phu Quoc, consider stopping by this pagoda to admire the distinctive traditional architecture of Southern Vietnam and enjoy the serene religious ambiance.
1. About Sung Hung Pagoda in Phu Quoc
Sung Hung Pagoda is situated at No. 7, Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong ward, Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang Province. This place is a popular spiritual destination for locals and tourists on the pearl Island.
- Opening hours: 7 am – 7 pm
- Ticket fee: Free
Sung Hung Pagoda is actually a complex of Sung Nghia and Hung Nhan pagodas, which were constructed in the early 20th century. This pagoda is regarded as the oldest religious construction in Phu Quoc and serves as evidence of the island's long history. It has become a prestigious and sacred place for locals on the island to visit and pray for fortune and happiness.
During the two resistance wars against the US and France, Sung Hung Pagoda Phu Quoc became a reliable covert base so that revolutionary fighters could contact each other. Additionally, because of his respect for Ho Chi Minh, Thich Hue Chanh, the pagoda's seventh abbot, celebrated Uncle Ho's funeral after he passed away in 1969. The pagoda has been keeping up the worship of Uncle Ho for the last 40 years.
Similar to many other Vietnam pagodas, Sung Hung Pagoda underwent two restorations in 1924 and 1960.
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2. What are the best things to do in Sung Hung Pagoda?
On your trip to Phu Quoc Island, there are some activities you should not miss out on:
2.1. Admire the ancient architecture of Sung Hung Pagoda
Sung Hung Pagoda is a distinctive architectural work in Southern Vietnam. The front of the pagoda faces north and its surrounding area is covered with huge trees and bonsai trees. In order to enter the pagoda, you will need to climb a stair that goes higher with every step, then you will reach a huge 3-door gate. This is an architectural feature typical of Buddhism.
In addition, there is a small path that takes you to the pagoda's courtyard, where you can find a white statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Goddess of Mercy).
The main hall was carefully and sophisticatedly designed. As you enter the main hall, you will notice that the altar is painted red and yellow. This is the place of the three most important Buddhas in the pagoda, including Amitabha Buddha, Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.
Going around the main hall, you can find a sacred area worshiping the national hero Nguyen Trung Truc, who dedicated his life to fighting against French colonists and defending the peaceful life of the locals.
The pagoda also includes a well-known bell called "Dai Hong Chung," a large bell whose sound can echo around the island. In addition, there are numerous engraved Chinese sentences regarding Buddhist doctrine and exquisite artworks in the pagoda.
2.2. Join Trai Dan Sung Hung Festival
Trai Dan Sung Hung festival, which takes place in Sung Hung Pagoda, is extremely famous. This festival is held on the 30th day of the seventh lunar month every year. It is held to offer vegetarian food and pray for lost souls to be saved. On the days of the festival, many lanterns will be displayed in the pagoda, which creates a very beautiful and unique festive space.
In addition, Sung Hung Phu Quoc Pagoda organizes meditation retreats that annually attract a large number of signed-up participants. Depending on the programs, the duration of the retreat can range from 7 to 30 days. This is an opportunity for visitors to learn about religion and find peace of mind.
3. How to get to Sung Hung Pagoda in Phu Quoc?
From Duong Dong Town, go along Tran Phu Street and head to 30/4 Street, then turn left onto Tran Hung Dao Street. Sung Hung Pagoda is right at the end of the street.
This pagoda is located about 3.5 kilometers away from Duong Dong town center and takes about 15 minutes to get to. Therefore, you can go by motorbike, car, or taxi to reach the pagoda easily.
After visiting Sung Hung Pagoda, you should also visit many other attractive spiritual Phu Quoc tourist attractions, such as Dinh Cau, the Temple of Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau, Sung Duc Pagoda, etc. Also, there are a wide range of other interesting attractions waiting for you to explore, such as VinWonders Phu Quoc theme park, Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, Vinpearl Golf Phu Quoc, etc.
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Sung Hung Pagoda is a popular tourist attraction for you to visit on Phu Quoc island. Coming here, you can immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere, find peace of mind, and burn incense to pray for safety, happiness, and luck. Do not hesitate to visit this ancient pagoda to worship, sightsee, and explore, along with many other fascinating places waiting for you to discover on the pearl island.
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