o Khmer people, the pagoda is not only a place to worship and to
keep sculptural and fine arts works but also an integral part of their culture.
In Can Tho City, the Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda (Vien Quang), is a religious
haunt of the Khmer community and is one of the most beautiful temples in the
delta due to its sophisticated architecture and the spiritual values that it
The temple, located at 27/18 Mac Dinh Chi Road, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho
City, is named Chua Sau (After Pagoda) because at that time on the main Hoa Binh
Boulevard there stood the Rangsay Muni Pagoda or Chua Truoc First (Pagoda).
The pagoda covers 500 square meters and includes many areas such as a sanctum,
monk house, gate and bell tower. It has three floors, constructed from
reinforced concrete masonry.
The four buildings which are decorated with delicate patterns display an Angkor
dragon, fairy Keynor, sacred bird Krud, god Hanuman, goddess Teppanom which are
The pagoda gate is built meticulously with elegant carvings on the rooftop with
a bas-relief of Buddha and large embossed pillars. To the pagoda, tourists will
see many statues of snakes and dragons on the roofs, bird-human Garuda, fairy
Kayno and Goddess Reahu on the sanctum or many images of elephants, birds,
flowers, clouds as well as legends of Buddha on walls and pillars.
The overall architecture whilst keeping with the unique characteristics of Khmer
culture has stylized modern harmony between Angkor and Khmer people in the