Work begins on Truc Lam Zen monastery in Soc Trang hinh anh 1At the ground-breaking ceremony.

Soc Trang (VNA) – Construction of a Truc Lam Zen Monastery began in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on December 24.

Covering an area of 6 hectares in Ward 2, Soc Trang city, the work will cost an estimated over 100 billion VND (4.4 million USD), most of which is raised by Buddhist followers, businesses and charity organisations, both inside and outside the province.

Main items of the project are expected to be completed in 2019.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Ngo Hung stressed that the ground-breaking ceremony for the monastery took place on the occasion of 709th anniversary of the Nirvana attainment of King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong - founder of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism.

The Truc Lam Zen Monastery is a cultural and spiritual space for Buddhist followers, he said, adding that it will be a highlight in the local spiritual tourist attractions that help promote the development of provincial tourism.-VNA