Vinh Phuc Pagoda solemn in East Sea
Vinh Phuc Pagoda on Phan Vinh A Island within Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago is a spiritual destination for soldiers and residents in Truong Sa island district.
|Vinh Phuc Pagoda is located on Phan Vinh Island in Truong Sa District. (Photo: VNA)|
|Vinh Phuc Pagoda is spacious and boasts a tranquil atmosphere. (Photo: VNA)|
|Vinh Phuc Pagoda’s architecture is as simple as a majority of Vietnamese pagodas. (Photo: VNA)|
|A bronze bell inside the pagoda. (Photo: VNA)|
|A memorial to 64 soldiers who laid down their lives in Gac Ma Reef. (Photo: VNA)|
|Main hall of Vinh Phuc Pagoda faces towards Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)|
|A large frieze is hanged on the highest position in the main hall of Vinh Phuc Pagoda. (Photo: VNA)|
I first learned about the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands when I was at primary school in the 1980s. Every year, when Tết (Lunar New Year) approached, the students wrote letters and collected gifts to send to the soldiers stationed on the islands.
There are more than 14,000 pagodas, which account for more than 30 per cent of the total number of relics in Vietnam.