Nearly 300 artifacts featuring Buddhist culture and fine art heritages are on display at an exhibition which opened on May 17 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event is part of a series of spiritual and cultural events to celebrate the 2557th Birthday of Lord Buddha and 50 years since Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc self-immolated himself to protest against the US war in Vietnam .

The event is jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute and Xa Loi Pagoda.

It aims to bring Buddhism culture closer to people by introducing Buddhist statues and worshipping objects that date back to the Ly-Tran dynasty in the 11th -13th century, the Le-Nguyen dynasty in the 18th and 19th century, and more contemporary pieces from the 20th century.

Buddhism has flourished with remarkable impacts on various socio-cultural aspects in Vietnam.

During the exhibition, the organising board will also introduce visitors to Buddha prayer-books, documents and lectures on various topics like Buddhism’s mantra of non-violence, and Vietnam’s Buddhism heritage and rituals.

Buddhism statues and artifacts from Thailand, Japan and China also occupy space at the exhibition.

Another exhibition on Buddhist culture also got underway at Pho Quang pagoda. A ceremony to commemorate Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc took place at a memorial park dedicated to him in district 3.

On show are around 4,000 objects, including calligraphy, paintings, stamps, sapphire and books on Buddhism.

Among them, the largest ever collection of Buddhist stamps from 80 countries around the world collected by Nguyen Dai Hung Loc was presented, said Venerable Thich Nhat Tu, head of the Culture Department under the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

The two exhibitions will run until May 24.

Earlier, on May 16, eight Buddhist records selected by the Vietnam Guinness Book Centre were announced.-VNA