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Journey to Thu Duc heritage city

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Thu Duc City that is established on the basis of merging three eastern districts of Thu Duc, 2 and 9 has a diversified system of cultural heritages, including archaeological sites, tens of pagodas and temples, and ancient architectures.
Journey to Thu Duc heritage city ảnh 1 Phuoc Tuong Pagoda in Thu Duc City (Photo: SGGP)
Long Binh Ward is home of many pagodas, such as Thanh Son, Phuoc Long, Chau Doc 3, Buu Long and more. Of which, Hoi Son is known as the oldest pagoda in the new city located at the No.1A1 on Nguyen Xien Street. It was built by Zen Master Khanh Long at the end of 18th century and recognized as a National Architectural Relic in 1993.
The pagoda lies on a hill and directly overlooks the Dong Nai River. It was built with a common architectural style in the Mekong Delta region and made of valuable woods. The pagoda has many horizontal lacquered boards, Buddha statues, wood altars, especially the worship table presented by King Khai Dinh.
Unfortunately, a large fire seriously damaged the pagoda on July 17, 2012.
A number of horizontal lacquered boards, wood Buddha statues, bells in the main hall were destroyed by the fire, said Venerable ThichThien Hao who now manages Hoi Son pagoda.
The spacious pagoda with many green trees brings convenience and peace of mind to people, said a young visitor, Thanh Hieu from Binh Duong Province who used to visit the pagoda many times when he was a child.
Another pagoda in Thu Duc City, Phuoc Tuong placed at the No. 102 on La Xuan Oai Street in Tang Nhon Phu A Ward was recognized as a National Architectural Relic and a National Historical Relic Site in 1993.
The hoary pagoda was built in the shape of reversed sans-serif capital L. It still preserves 53 ancient statues of Buddhists and many ancient horizontal lacquered boards and pairs of wood panel on which are inscribed parallel sentences.

Journey to Thu Duc heritage city ảnh 2 Ben Do (Pier) archaeological site on the bank of the Dong Nai River in Long Binh Ward
Many cultural heritage sites have been damaged by natural disaters, fires and other factors, such as the urbanization and growth of the population that have a direct impact to Ben Do (Pier) archaeological site on the bank of the Dong Nai River in Long Binh Ward. The area which was discovered in 1960s saw a large excavation in 1977.
Ben Do archaeological area has been currently surrounded by many houses and beer stalls that have made it to become gradually narrow.
Assoc Prof. – Ph.D Nguyen Duc Loc said that besides developing into the highly interactive and innovative urban area, Thu Duc City should be promoted as a human city to create a balance between the growth of digital technology and the human. Additionlly, storytelling is an effective way of providing a deeper understanding about historical sites for visitors. It is a useful method of connecting the past and present, encourages visitors to explore further.

By Ho Son – Translated by Kim Khanh

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