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Kkhô cứng Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple in Ho Chi Minc City is one of the biggest Taoist temples in South Vietnam giới. It hosts Three teachings (three religions including Confucianism, Taoism, và Buddhism). This mysterious temple has played an important part in the religious life of the Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Saigon for nearly 100 years.

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General information about Khanh khô Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple in Ho Chi Minc City

Location: 269 Nguyen Thi Nho Street, Ward 16, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City. CLICK HERE khổng lồ see the location of the temple.

Total area: 2,000 m2

Year of establishment: 1936


Nguyen Thi Nho Street, with many stores, is always busy by day. In the photo, the pink concrete fence of the temple is decorated with Trắng ornamental pillars.

Name of Kkhô hanh Van Nam Vien

The full name of this temple is Tsoát Sơn Khánh Vân Nam Viện (Tra Son Khanh hao Van Nam Vien). Vietnamese people usually Điện thoại tư vấn it Ca tòng Khánh Vân or Ca tòng Khánh Vân Nam Viện. In English, it is usually called Khanh hao Van Pagodomain authority, Khanh hao Van Nam Vien Pagodomain authority, Kkhô hanh Van Nam Vien Temple, Kkhô nóng Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple. “Khánh Vân” refers khổng lồ five-color clouds which deities in Taoism ride & enjoy outings.

Some people may have sầu been confused. In Vietphái mạnh, pagodas refer khổng lồ religious sites organized by Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (Giáo Hội Phật Giáo Việt Nam), recognized by the Vietnamese government. Pagodas more specifically refer lớn Hindu and Buddhist worshipping places. Khanh khô Van Nam Vien was originally a Taoist Temple. In recent, the religion at the temple is a mix of Taoism, Buddhism & Confucianism và it is under the management of Buddhist Sangha of Vietphái mạnh. So that it is known as a pagodomain authority.

The temple is the place of worship for Lü Dongbin (Lu Dong Tan, Lu To, Ancestor Lu) – one of the eight deities in Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion. So that local people usually điện thoại tư vấn it Chùa Lữ Tổ (Lu To Pagoda) or Chùa Ông Tiên (Male Deity Pagoda).

Origin và History

In 1934, twelve sầu Taoist monks of Nam Hai Tra Son Kkhô cứng Van Dong in Nannhị District, Guangdong Province, Đài Loan Trung Quốc went khổng lồ Hongkong. In 1936, three of them arrived in Vietphái mạnh và introduced Taoism lớn the Chinese community in Saigon Cholon (Saigon Trung Quốc Town).

The first Taoist temple named Toan Khanh hao Duong was located in a house on Tran Hung Dao Street. The house was too small when the number of Taoist monks increased.

In the 1930s, Kkhô cứng Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City was built after Nam Hai Tra Son Kkhô hanh Van Dong in Nanhai District, Guangdong Province, Trung Quốc.

Until 20trăng tròn, the temple has more than 2,000 believers (followers). The priests include Tran Khai Minc (1936-1943), Au Dieu Duyen (1944-1968), Chau Viem (1968-2013), Chau Hue Bang (2013-now).

Before 1950, all Taoist monks were from Nannhị, Guangdong, Trung Quốc. Later, Teochew, Fujianese & Vietnamese people living in Saigon have sầu become Taoists.

Design, Architecture & Worship

The thiết kế of Kkhô nóng Van Nam Vien Taoist is similar to Nam Hai Tra Son Kkhô cứng Van Dong in China. The temple is designed to lớn have gates, a yard, two floors.

There are three gates: the thee-entrance main gate, left side gate và right side gate.

In the main hall on the ground floor, Three kings (Tam đế) referring to Guanyin (Quan âm), Wenchang Wang (Văn uống Xương Đế Quân), Guan Yu (Quan Thánh Đế Quân), Lü Dongbin (Lu Dong Tan, Lữ Đồng Tân) are worshiped on the main altar in the middle. On the left altar, Hua Tuo (Hoa đà) is worshiped, the right altar is for worshipping Wong Tai Sin (Hoàng đại tiên).

On the second floor, Laozi (Lão tử), Gautama Buddha (Phật tổ), Kṣitigarbha (Địa tạng), are worshiped.

Nam Hai Tra Son Kkhô hanh Van Dong in China has the second floor where lớn worship Jade Emperor. The second floor does not exist in Kkhô giòn Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple in Ho Chi Minch City.



The main gate has three entrances, three curved roofs in green color, Hulu and two carps are placed on the top of the middle roof. The gate is supported by four pillars with Chinese characters. The signboard read the name of the temple in Chinese.


The spacious front yard has lots of old green trees, a clumping bamboo next to lớn the fence. The main gate is cthua thảm on normal days, the left hand is open for visitors.


On the red wall in the yard, there is a Bagua – the symbol of Taoism.


From the front yard, visitors can see the red facade of Kkhô nóng Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City. There are three entrances lớn the main hall on the ground floor.


The main entrance to the main hall, Chinese characters, two big lanterns which are popular at Chinese pagodas và temples in Saigon.

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Passing the main entrance, visitors will see “viện” where Huyền Môn hộ pháp vương đại thiên quân – the general protecting Taoism is placed. He is worshiped in a glass and wooden house. On two sides there are two panels on which parallel sentences in Chinese are carved. An incense burner and two candle holders are in front of the small house.


The main hall on the ground floor has three wooden altars which are decorated colorfully with embroidered curtains, fans, umbrellas with rồng and phoenix patterns. Red và yellow colors dominate the main hall.


On the middle altar in the main hall, the statue of Lü Dongbin (Lu Dong Tan, Lữ Đồng Tân) is placed in front of the statues of Three kings (Tam đế) who are Guanyin (Quan âm), Wenchang Wang (Văn Xương Đế Quân), Guan Yu (Quan Thánh Đế Quân). Lü Dongbin has been believed lớn be good at using swords, go around in order to lớn kill demons, bring peace to lớn the world. He is worshiped as Dream Interpretation God, Condemo God, Gold (Metal) Digging God, Hair Stydanh mục Ancestor, God of Wealth, in Vietnam giới.


Hua Tuo (Hoa đà) on the left altar and Wong Tai Sin (Hoàng đại tiên) on the right altar. Hua Tuo (c. 140 – 208) was a Chinese physician & known as the first person in Đài Loan Trung Quốc lớn use anaesthesia during surgery. In Taoism, he is considered as a shenyi or divine physician và is worshipped as a medicinal god or immortal.Wong Tai Sin (c. 284 khổng lồ 364 CE) is a Taoist deity, his name means Great Immortal Wong. He is said to lớn have sầu experienced poverty and hunger, becoming a shepherd when he was eight years old. He had practiced Taoism since he was fifthteen years old. In Taoism, he is known và worshiped as the Red Pine Immortal.


Seven-flame paraffin lamps.

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The beautiful marble staircase leads to the first floor. The light well was designed to bring more natural lights và fresh air to the halls và rooms in the temple.


The altar where Laozi (Lão tử) is worshiped on the second floor. He is the Chinese philosopher who found the philosophical system of Taoism.


Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha (Địa tạng) altar.

Gautama Buddha (Phật tổ) altar.


Guanyin altar covered with yellow embroidered cloth with Chinese characters, lotus, rồng & phoenix patterns; book cabinet with glass door, parallel sentences & horizontal panel with Chinese characters, painting depicting the life of Buddha Gautama.


Guanyin statues in different positions, with different outfits và gestures.


Three teachings (Tam giáo đồng nguyên) at Kkhô cứng Van Nam Vien

Three teachings (Tam giáo đồng nguyên) refer khổng lồ Confucianism, Taoism, & Buddhism harmonious as one. This concept is very popular in Asian countries including Vietphái mạnh.

In the pagoda are worshipped Guanyin (Quan Âm) in Buddhism, Taoist Three Kings including Lü Dongbin (Lu Dong Tan, Lữ Đồng Tân), Quan Yu (Quan Vũ), Wenchang Wang (Văn uống Xương Đế Quân).


All horizontal và vertical wooden carved panels (hoành phi, liễn) & parallel sentences (câu đối) at Kkhô hanh Van Nam Vien were made & written by famous artists và calligraphy masters. On the gate of the main hall, there is a pair of vertical wooden carved panels since 1924. “Khánh Vân Biệt Thự Toàn Khánh Đường – Nam Hải Tsoát Sơn Khánh Vân Động” was carved on the horizontal wooden carved panel since May 1940.

Library and antique books

Rare ancient Taoist books in Chinese have sầu been stored in the library for nearly 100 years. Daoshis have kept traditional characteristics of the religion. Taoist books have been sent from Trung Quốc and Taoist monks at the temple practice according to the books.

Activities at Kkhô giòn Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple

Lü Dongbin, Guan Yu and Jade Emperor’s birthday celebrations

Many other celebrations and festivals have sầu been held in Taoist style. Celebrating the birthday of Lu Dong Tan – one of the eight deities in Vietnamese folk religion on 14th April of the lunar calendar is an annual activity at Khanh Van Nam Vien Taoist Temple. In addition, the two big celebrations at this temple include Guan Yu’s birthday celebration on 24th June of the lunar calendar & Jade Emperor’s birthday celebration on 9th January in the lunar calendar.

Charity activities

Doing charity work is one of the highlights of the pagoda và it is also one of the pagoda’s original purposes. The pagodomain authority has built nursing homes for elderly homeless individuals, opened clinics for examining và treating poor patients, built houses for poor people, distributed không tính phí rice.

Ceremonial musical band

Ceremonial musical bvà with members who are able to lớn play trumpets, drums, gongs, flutes, (đàn cò), plucked zither (bầy tranh), Vietnamese hammered dulcimer (tam thập lục), moon lute (đàn nguyệt), pkém la, etc. They are specialists in Taoist music. Each thành viên practices every day, they meet và play together once a month.

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Publishing books

On 23rd May 2013, the temple introduced the book “Kkhô nóng Van Nam Vien Ho Chi Minch City – Vietnam” about history & donation list.