Nearly 400 objects and pictures from important Buddhist events held over the past 50 years are being showcased at the Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda to welcome Buddha’s 2,559th Birthday.

The highlight of the display, which opened on May 24, is a section of exhibits about the persecution of Buddhists in 1963 by the US-backed Saigon Government of Ngo Dinh Diem. Images remembering the struggle and the autograph of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, who famously set himself on fire to protest against the repression, are on show.

In addition, Buddhist scriptures, books, prayer beads and art work are on public view across 20 display areas.

The exhibition aims to look back on the life and teachings of Buddha and the achievements enjoyed by the religion in Vietnam over the last half century.

The event will run until June 2.

To celebrate the occasion, the organising board will offer free vegetarian lunches for followers and residents visiting Quoc Tu Pagoda.-VNA