A 50-year-old pagoda built atop a residential building in Saigon’s District 5 attracts a daily stream of visitors.
In front of Tu Duc Pagoda stands a large censer and altar facing the buildings opposite.
Monk Thich Chan Khai, in charge of the pagoda, said: “My master originally planned to build a pagoda in Phu Lam area (District 6). But the owner of this complex, a follower of Buddhism, gifted us this entire fourth floor instead.”
The pagoda’s interior equals the size of 10 apartments, covering an area of about 700 square meters. All pillars, ceilings and floors have been kept intact as per initial design.
Unlike other pagodas, there are no ancestral house, monk’s house, or bell tower.
There are about 10 Buddha statues placed in the great hall. Behind the altar lies a small room where the abbot can rest. Apart from the abbot and manager, Tu Duc Pagoda does not have any other monks.