Mekong Eco Tour- Bat Pagoda in Soc Trang

Soc Trang Eco Tour – Bat Pagoda in Soc Trang

(VOVworld) – People who visit Khmer villages in the Mekong Delta are impressed by the high towers and curved roofs surrounded by palm trees of the pagodas.  The 600 Khmer pagodas in the Mekong Delta constitute a unique cultural space of Vietnam’s southern region. 

Khmer pagodas are religious centers and also places for community festivals and places where people come to study. Ly Let, a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, talks about the architecture of the Khmer pagodas. “The main worship hall is elaborately decorated. They mainly worship the Bodhisattva. There are statues of cobras with 3, 5, or 7 heads.  The pagoda tower has three roofs engraved with images of dragons.”

Soc Trang province has the largest Khmer population in the Mekong Delta and the most Khmer pagodas. Worthy of note is Doi pagoda, which was built 400 years ago. It is widely known as Doi pagoda, because its garden is home to thousands of giant bats. Visitors to the pagoda are often greeted by traditional Khmer music played by the pagoda’s art troupe.

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