An Vinh Temple

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Located in West Hamlet, An Vinh, An Vinh Temple was first built in the middle of the 18th century of thatches and wood. It was then upgraded in 1920. Adversely affected by wars and disasters, the temple was severly damaged, and was not repaired and restored until 2009.

Looking toward the mainland, the temple layout is arranged in a 三 shape, including lower, middle and upper buildings, which are connected by a gutter. Two gutter ends are decorated with carps. The roof is supported by wooden columns. This style is typical for the Nguyen dynasty’s architecture. The temple rooftops are decorated with four holy beasts, indicating the safety of the villagers.

The temple was designated for the village’s communal activities. Major spiritual and cultural activities held in the temple include ceremony for boat races of four holy beasts, spring and autumn conventional rites, ceremony to six land-reclaiming families, and others. One of the most important ceremonies is the feast to commemorate troops and fishermen deployed to the Paracel islands during the 16th to the 19th centuries, many of whom never came back. Hung in the temple are a pair of wood panels on which are inscribed parallel sentences “Favor set up the Ly Son island/Gratitude consolidate the Paracel islands”.

The temple was designated as a National Monument by the Government in 2013.
 
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