Sung Hung Pagoda Phu Quoc
Sung Hung Pagoda is one of the oldest religious sites in Phu Quoc Island and well worth a visit. It was built in the 19th century and refurbished many times. The temple lies at the foothill of a mountain right in the heart of Duong Dong Town and there are various relics that are surrounded by interestingly shaped banyan (Bodhi) trees. If you are on the island for a limited number of days and want to soak in the local culture, then visiting this pagoda is a must.
Sung Hung Pagoda Overview
History & Significance
In order to pray for the peace of the souls located at the cemetery found here, the Phu Quoc locals built two pagodas: Sung Nghia and Hung Nhan which were later merged and named Sung Hung Co Tu. When you walk through the front triangular gate you will see the statue of the “Goddess of Mercy”, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, who overlooks the courtyard. The altar is in the main hall, and on the top level sit the three Buddhas: Amitabha in the middle, Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva on the right and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva on the left. Behind the statues is a famous painting named “Flying dragon” created by the artist Cao Sanh. On the wall is a painting depicting Monk Duong Tang’s journey to the West. Behind this is the shrine that worships Gautama Buddha’s ascendancy to Heaven. There are also other decorations at the pagoda site including “Dai Hong Chung”, a giant bell, a cemetery and many engraved sentences written in Chinese about Buddhist philosophy.