The three-door gate of Vinh Quang Pagoda in Hung Son commune of Thanh Mien district, the northern province of Hai Duong (Photo: VNA)

Hai Duong (VNA) – The first phase of the rehabilitation and expansion of Vinh Quang Pagoda in Hung Son commune of Thanh Mien district, the northern province of Hai Duong, has completed, making it one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the locality.

A ceremony marking this completion was held on January 13.

Today’s Vinh Quang Pagoda, covering about 10,000 sq.m., was rebuilt in 2004 on the ground of the old one. It was recognised as a provincial architectural and artistic relic site in 2010.

After five years of rehabilitation and expansion, the Three Jewels hall – also the main hall of the pagoda – now covers about 1,000 sq.m.

Many other facilities have also been built, including a house for the Mother Goddess worship, two corridors of Arhat statues, a Mercy Goddess statue, a three-door gate, and bell and drum towers.

The pagoda also features streams, lakes and a hill of fruit trees.

The rehabilitation and expansion are hoped to help Vinh Quang Pagoda better meet Buddhist followers’ religious demand and become an attraction for tourists from nationwide.-VNA