Vietnamese temple or Japanese shrine? Spirited away in a Saigon pagoda

The pagoda appeared in 1905 just outside Saigon before undergoing a massive restoration project in 2006.

Khanh An Pagoda stands out in Ho Chi Minh Citys District 12 for its architecture and decoration that makes it look so close to a shrine in Japan.
Khanh An Pagoda lies in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12, and is famous for its Japanese architecture and decor.
It first appeared in 1905 as a small pagoda and was damaged multiple times for sheltering the Vietnamese forces during the fight against the French invasion between 1858 and 1945. The pagoda went through a massive restoration in 2006 that was completed in 2016 to give it a Japanese look with wood and stone.
It wa built in 1905 as a small pagoda and was damaged multiple times during the French invasion between 1858 and 1945. The pagoda underwent massive restoration work from 2006 to 2016.
The pagodas sanctum seen from above.
The pagoda’s sanctum seen from above.
Wood makes the soul of the sanctum.
The wooden soul of the sanctum.
Unlike many pagodas in Vietnam, An Khanh has no statues of dragon or phoenix.
Unlike many pagodas in Vietnam, Khanh An has no dragon or phoenix statues.
The pagoda has many architectural features like a Japanese shrine. Standing out is the house for monks and the guest house, which are built of wood and highlighted with red and yellow lines.
The pagoda has a distinct Japanese style. Standing out are the wooden houses highlighted with red and yellow lines.
The roof is decorated with white lanterns as if does not look Japanese enough.
The roof is decorated with white lanterns.
Another angle of the house for monks.
Another angle of the monks’ house.
On top of the roof stand a pole that can be found at several pagodas and temples in Japan.
On the top of the roof stands a pole that can be found at several pagodas and temples in Japan.
Aroundthe yard of the pagoda placed lines of lights made of wood and paper that reflect the true Japanese spirit.
Around the yard of the pagoda are lights made of wood and paper that reflect Japanese culture.
On Buddhist festivals and holidays, all lanterns will be light up.
On Buddhist festivals and holidays, all the lanterns are lit up.
An Khanh pagoda attracts many visitors who want a taste of Japanese.
Khanh An Pagoda attracts many visitors after a taste of Japanese.

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