A reclining Budda statue at Chen Kieu Pagoda
A reclining Budda statue at Chen Kieu Pagoda

Chen Kieu Pagoda - Soc Trang

Chen Kieu Pagoda is a Khmer-styled pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang. Chen Kieu Pagoda is 10km from Soc Trang City, on the way from Soc Trang  to Bac Lieu. Chen Kieu Pagoda was first built in the 19th century and rebuilt in 1969.

Chen Kieu Pagoda in Soc Trang Vietnam
The main building of Chen Kieu Pagoda in Soc Trang Vietnam

The name of the pagoda was taken from the colorful ceramic pieces which are used to decorate the main building of the pagoda. There are 16 huge pillars that surround the pagoda which are also decorated with pieces of Khmer legends. Buddhist teachings and history are also depicted on the wall of the pagoda.

The corridor of Chen Kieu Pagoda
The corridor of Chen Kieu Pagoda

There are a number of the Buddha statues of various sizes in the garden of Chen Kieu, each represents different teachings of Buddhism. The reclining Buddha represents the peacefulness of entering Nirvana and of getting enlightenment. In the garden of the pagoda, there are many small thatched huts on stilts; these are for local pilgrims to meditate to clear themselves from sins or illnesses. 

The corridor of Chen Kieu Pagoda
The garden of Chen Kieu Pagoda

Paradissa has Chen Kieu pagoda on some of our adventure tours in the Mekong Delta. A visit to Chen Kieu helps you understand more of Buddhism and Khmer people in Vietnam.

The corridor of Chen Kieu Pagoda
Huts of meditation at Chen Kieu Pagoda

 

The corridor of Chen Kieu Pagoda
Peaceful reclining Buddha