Vietnam’s highest Buddhist tower opens

The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) inaugurated the highest tower in Hanoi’s Bang A – Linh Tien pagoda on November 22 with attendance of tens of thousands of visitors, Buddhist monks and nuns.

Bao An tower in Bang A- Linh Tien ancient pagoda, Hanoi. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

The construction of Bao An tower has been kicked off since 2004 with a total capital of VND17.5 billion contributed by Buddhist monks and nuns throughout the country.

The 13-storey octagonal building, which is 55m high and opened to the four main directions (North, South, East and West), includes 8 stone pillars carved with dragons and phoenixes. Among them, the top of tower is made of bronze, 9.66m high and 1,300 kg in weight.

The tower covering on an area of around 1,500 square meters has 104 bronze statues of Sakyamuni Buddha which are from 0.67m to 1.55m high and 100-300g in weight.

Bao An tower is recognized as the highest Buddhist tower with greatest number of bronze statues in the country.

Bang A – Linh Tien ancient pagoda has received large scale restorations in 1618. The pagoda is a center for propagation of Buddhism in the northern region.

Source: Vietnam News Agency – Translated by Khanh Huy

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