Pray for a lucky year in Quan Thanh pagodas (Tran Vu quan)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Long Nguyễn Hoàng 0 Comments


Original name is 真武觀 (Chân Vũ quán) or 鎮武觀 (Trấn Vũ quán)
The most common name is Đền Quán Thánh or Trấn Vũ quán, don't be mistaken by Quan Thánh

Vietnam is a country in the Eastern Hemisphere that was influenced by China for many years. Therefore, the Chinese New Year and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year have many similarities. Tet is the abbreviation of Tet Nguyen Dan which means the first morning of the first day of the new period. Tet marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar, and the beginning of Spring. Vietnamese are constantly aware of the phases of the moon. All events are planned by the lunar calendar. The New Year begins on the first night of the first moon after the sun enters Aquarius. This is sometime between January 21 and February 19 on the solar calendar.

The Vietnamese believe that their deceased ancestors will visit the family for the holiday. Alters are decorated in the homes with incense, flowers, and photographs of deceased relatives. A tray full of fruit, coins, and a tall vase of blossoms are placed in front of the alter symbolizing good luck and prosperity. The third day is also a day to visit the graves of deceased relatives. The graves are decorated with incense, flowers, and candles. Many Buddhists go to their favorite Pagoda to pray for a good year. The Catholics go to a pre-midnight mass.

Some pictures captured in Quan Thanh pagodas

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Quan Thanh pagodas (Tran Vu quan)

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You have to pay for your entrance, I don't know why they do that, but I think charge for admission into pagodas is totally bullshit

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It takes you 10,000 VND for parking your bike, and 20,000 for car

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You need some joss-sticks, votive papers and other stuff in order to pray. I personally don't think those things are necessary but if you have some, don't forget a lighter


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I had that girl's number after confirming that she's not a Buddhist nun, nor does she intend to


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This is the only Peach blossom located in public place without being pinched off. And it shows evidence of supernatural power of Tran Vu mandarin


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Quan Thanh pagodas is pretty small...


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...and clean

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People tried to touch foot of Tran Vu's statue by their money, they believe that will make them so lucky in new year. Others touched statue's foot and rub their face for the same faith.


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So "his" feet are always polished

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Did you ever travel to Huong pagodas? If you didn't, let me be your guider.

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