Quan Cong Temple- Hoi An Sacred Temples

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An- Culture Pham Travel

Introduction

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An is one of the most sacred temples in the ancient town. This temple is also called with different names such as Ong Pagoda, Quan Kong Temple. It is one of the highlight attractions with a great spiritual significance; converging the spiritual and traditional beauty of the cultural heritage land of Hoi An. This place attracts thousands of visitors every year with its unique feature.

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An- Culture Pham Travel

Ong Pagoda Hoi An worships Quan Cong (Quan Van Truong), a famous general of Chinese in the period of “Three war kingdoms”, the God who embodiment of loyalty, bravery, and justice.

Quan Cong Temple Location

Quan Cong Temple is located at 24 Tran Phu Street, the center of Hoi An ancient town, in Quang Nam province. The opening hours of Ong Hoi An pagoda are from 6:00 to 17:00 every day.

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An History

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An Vietnam was built-in 1653 by the Chinese in Hoi An ancient town, to worship the talented general of the Three Kingdoms period, Quan Van Truong (Quan Cong). In order to maintain its present spacious appearance, the pagoda has undergone 6 restorations over hundreds of years, the most recent being in 1966.

Quan Cong Temple History- Culture Pham Travel

During the time Hoi An was an international trading port, this temple was the site where the Chineses Businessmen set appointments to sign in contracts for mortgage loans, unsecured contracts because Quan Cong will witness the business. Plus, people also come here to worship and wish for good luck in their businesses.

Ong Pagoda Hoi An Architecture

Imprinted with classical Chinese architecture, Ong Pagoda was built in the shape of the word “国” in Chinese which means Country, with a truss structure.

Quan Cong Temple- Culture Pham Travel

The roofs of the temple are covered with colored glazed tube tiles (a type of tile traditionally used by the Chinese). The top edges are made curve shape, decorated with dragons and unicorns combined to form an entire ancient but majestic temple.

The total area of the temple was formed with 4 buildings following the word “口” which means the mouth. The complex of Quan Cong Temple includes the front hall, right-left houses, and the main temple to worship.

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The Front Door at Ong Temple

The front door is dedicated carved with a couple of dragons hidden in the blue clouds. According to Chinese, Quan Cong is the embodiment of a green dragon and a white tiger.

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The Skydoor at Quan Cong Temple

The sky door in the middle of the temple complex to get the natural light, fresh air as well as the sacred atmosphere for the Sanctuary of Quan Cong Temple.

What to see in Quan Cong Temple?

Enter the main door of Quan Cong Temple Hoi An, you will feel the sacred atmosphere with a solemn altar with fragrant incense, worshiping weapons, bronze gongs, drums, etc which are the offerings from the Bao Dai Emperor- Nguyen dynasty.

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The big yard in the middle is full of flowers, bonsai trees as well as a beautiful rockery.

The main shrine hall set up a statue of Quan Cong, wearing a dragon-embroidered robe with glitter, with a bright majestic face, and eyes looking ahead. On both sides of Quan Cong, there are 2 statues of Chau Thuong, the brave and loyal servant of Quan Cong, and Quan Binh, his adopted son.

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The main shrine to worship Quan Cong

Moreover, you will be impressed with 2 worshiping horses that are as tall as real horses. On the left is a white horse, on the right is a red horse – the Quan Cong favorite horse given by Tao Thao. Standing in front of these statues, visitors can not help but praise the meticulous hand of the craftsman since ancient times.

Quan Cong Temple Hoi An- Culture Pham Travel

In addition, in Quan Cong Temple, there are many paintings, stone steles, honored ordinations, and ancient artifacts. In particular, the Temple also preserves the ancient poem and allegory written by Xuan Cong Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great poet Nguyen Du) in 1775.

Travel Guide

Quan Cong Temple entrance fee

To visit all the historic attractions in Hoi An ancient town, you have to buy an entrance ticket. The Hoi An Entrance ticket is included 5 pieces so you can enter 5 random attractions that you would like to visit. When you enter each site, they will cut one of 5 pieces on your entrance ticket. Hoi An Entrance fee costs 120,000VND (roughly 6USD) per person. Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

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Quan Cong Temple Festivals

Tet Holiday Festival: On Lunar New Year, there are a lot of people come to Quan Cong Temple to pray and wish for good luck, peace, good health, etc. They will write their wishes in Xuan Lien paper to hang on large incense circles as a wishing message to Quan Cong.

Quan Cong Birthday festival is held on the 16th of the first lunar month every year.

The Temple Regulation

  • Choose polite, discreet clothes, in accordance with fine customs and traditions when entering the temple.
  • Do not arbitrarily touch valuable artifacts in the temple, to avoid causing damage.
  • Avoid making noise or running and laughing when entering the temple.
  • Preserve your own personal belongings during the temple ceremonies.
  • Switch off your flashlight when taking photos.

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