Vietnam prepares for massive celebration of the Buddha’s birthday

Update: 19:57 | 28/04/2019

More than 2,000 people are working hard on the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex to prepare for the Vesak ceremony in May.

The pagoda complex has an area of about 5,100 hectares, with nearly 1,000 hectares of lakes and 3,000 hectares of mountains and natural forests. It nestles in the heart of valleys, mountain ranges and the Tam Chuc lake.

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Tam Chuc occupies 144 hectares of land.

The complex in Ha Nam Province, 65km southwest of Hanoi, is where the Great Buddha's Birthday celebration, Vesak 2019, will take place from May 12 to 14.

Tam Chuc occupies 144 hectares of land. It was first built during the reign of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) but work is in progress on a brand new complex. It has an international conference hall that floats on the Tam Chuc lake.

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Each of the three bronze statues of the Buddha inlaid with black copper weighing 200 tons, are placed in the heart of Tam The Pagoda.

Each of the three bronze statues of the Buddha inlaid with black copper weighing 200 tons, are placed in the heart of Tam The Pagoda. Designed with 3-storey curved roof, the pagoda is large enough to host 5,000 Buddhist followers during Vesak.

More than 2,000 people are working every day on the complex to prepare for celebrating the Buddha's birthday. "The work has reached 95 percent," said Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's executive council and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of Vesak 2019.

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A group of workers check the roof of a pagoda in the complex.

Seven large lotus "stations" will be released on the lake in front of the complex’s three-door gate, as part of a ceremony to pray for peace.

The parallel roads that run to the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex. It is expected that around 1,500 delegates from more than 100 countries and territories around the world will attend the ceremony, joining around 10,000 Vietnamese Buddhists.

Ha Nam shows active coordination in hosting UN Vesak Day 2019
The People’s Committee of Ha Nam held a conference on March 5 to launch the plan to coordinate with and support the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to organize the UN Day of Vesak 2019, which is slated for May 10-15 at the Tam Chuc Buddhist Culture Centre in Kim Bang district.
 
PM inspects preparations for UN Day of Vesak 2019 in Ha Nam
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has inspected the preparations for the United Nations (UN) Day of Vesak 2019 at the Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Centre in Ba Sao commune, Kim Bang district of the northern Ha Nam province, the host of the event.
 
Vietnam to host United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations
Vietnam will host the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in 2019 and an international Buddhism conference in the northern province of Ha Nam from May 12-14 next year.
 
Tam Chuc Pagoda festival opens in Ha Nam province
The Tam Chuc Pagoda festival kicked off in Kim Bang district in the northern province of Ha Nam on February 16, which falls on the 12th day of the first lunar month. 
 
Sri Lanka’s Bodhi tree planted at Tam Chuc Pagoda
The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha held a ceremony at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Kim Bang district, the northern province of Ha Nam, on July 22 to plant a Bodhi tree presented by Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya. 
 

Source: VnExpress

 
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