Sung Hung Pagoda

One of the oldest pagodas on Phu Quoc Island.

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: Ronan Crowley (cc-by-nd)

Sung Hung Pagoda is one of the oldest sacral buildings to visit on Phu Quoc Island. Though nobody knows exactly when this colourful pagoda was erected, it must have been during the early 20th century. Sung Hung Pagoda is surrounded by old trees. One huge banyan tree stands out especially.

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-nd) Ronan Crowley

Opening times: 07:00 - 18:00
Admission: free

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-nd) Ronan Crowley

The place contains a beautiful painting that depicts the "Journey to the West", an exceptionally popular story of how Buddhism was introduced to China. One shrine shows how Gautama Buddha ascended to heaven and a statue of the goddess Quan Am Bo Tat thrones over a lotus pond. The main altar of Sung Hung Pagoda is dedicated to Tam The Buddha.

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-nd) Ronan Crowley

The older people of the island tell of 2 different pagodas with the names Sung Nghia and Hung Nhan in the old times, which were later on merged into today's Sung Hung Pagoda. Twice the pagoda has been refurbished. Once in 1924 and once in 1960.

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-nd) Ronan Crowley

One of the features that makes Sung Hung Pagoda so special is the very distinctive architectural structure, unique for pagodas of that time. The entrance is facing North which is very uncommon. The big triangular gate leads to the white statue of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of mercy with a thousand helping hands. The architecture is built in a stepped structure with the height increasing with every step.

Sung Hung Pagoa, Phu QuocSung Hung Pagoa, Phu Quoc | photo: (cc-by-nd) Ronan Crowley

On the inside, the meticulously decorated main hall is a beautiful sight for all kinds of visitors. On the top level of the hall there are statues of the three Buddhas: Avalokiteśvara (mercy) to the left, Mahāsthāmaprāpta (wisdom) to the right and Amitābha (awareness and calmness) in the middle.

Behind them you see an amazing painting by the artists Cao Sanh, titled "The Flying Dragon". There are many other interesting artifacts and sights to discover at Sung Hung Pagoda, so take your time and don't disturb the prayers please.

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