A gem statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat (Avalokitesivara, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion), was donated to Truong Sa Lon (Big Spratly) Pagoda in Truong Sa district, the central province of Khanh Hoa, on May 4.

The statue was a gift of Tung Van Pagoda from northern Vinh Phuc province to Truong Sa Lon.

Monk Thich Nguyen Cao, head of Tung Van Pagoda, said the statue is 1.6 metres high and weighs 2 tonnes. It is made of semi-precious stone with the face inlaid with gold.

The activity was part of a visit by representatives from many provinces and organisations to the islands of Truong Sa archipelago.

On this occasion, the delegation held a ceremony commemorating the Vietnamese people who laid down their lives for the country’s sea and island sovereignty.-VNA