Ton Thanh Pagoda – the national vestige
Visiting Long An Province, you will have a chance to view not only Binh Ta Archaeological Vestiges, but also Ton Thanh Pagoda - the national vestige of Vietnam.
Ton Thanh Pagoda is situated in Thanh Ba Hamlet, My Loc Commune, Can Giuoc District, Long An Province. The pagoda is founded by Buddhist Monk Vien Ngo with the orginal name of Lan Nha. Built in 1808 by northern emigrants, Ton Thanh Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Long An. Vietnamese famous poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu lived in this pagoda from 1859 to 1861. In the tranquil scenery, he wrote many immortal novels.
In the pagoda, there remains a number of ancient statues which are valuable and characterized for the 19th century art style. Especially, the bronze statue of Bo Tat Dia Tang was casted right in the pagoda. In the Ton Thanh Pagoda’s campus, there are a memorial stele for Poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu built in 1973 and a tower for reminding Buddhist Monk Thien Ngo.
Sixteen years after the death of Buddhist Monk Vien Ngo, Ton Thanh Pagoda has become the historical vestige with the famous novel of “Funeral rration for Can Giuoc righteous soldiers” by the blind poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu...