A groundbreaking ceremony of the new Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda’s project was held by the Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Sangha on October 12.
|Deputy Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda’s. (Photo: Sggp)|
The project with cost of VND160 billion, covering an area of 10,000 square meters with 13-storey, 63-metre-high tower will replace the old Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda which was built in 1963 on a site of 3,700 square meters.
The HCM City’s People Committee has donated more than 7,200 square meters to the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha to re-build the Pagoda in this year.
The architecture will symbolize the spirit of service and unity of 13 organizations, associations and sects in the establishment of the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. It will be designed with a place of worship for the heart of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc who burned himself to death at the intersection in 1963 to protest against the South Vietnamese regime’s oppression of Buddhists.
The construction is expected to complete in the fourth quarter in 2015.