Located on the North foot of Big Mountain, Thich Ca Phat Dai (or Sakyamuni Monument) is a very famous historical and cultural relic as well as a beautiful sight at Vung Tau.
Sakyamuni Monument is on an area of 5 hectares, below is the Buddhist Temple, and above is Sakyamuni monument.
In 1957, there was only Buddhist temple, and by 1962, the Buddhism Association of Vietnam started building and completed the monument in March 1963. What makes the monument different from other Buddhist monuments is an architectural complex of all parts of the life of Buddha in Big Mountain sight. The complex of is like a half moon that is divided into 3 pyramid parts which gradually increases higher from 3 meters to 29 meters above sea level.
The first part is Three Gates and flowers garden. The second is fame hall and pleasure house. The third is Buddhist temple and Buddha complex, with many Buddhist monuments like Buddha as a child, Buddha as a prince with his servant and horse, and especially the monument when he trained to be Buddha, a 11.6 meter high monument with 3 relics inside. We can also see the statue of Buddha on Lotus pedestal addressing his followers. In this area there is the tree of Enlightenment, which stems from the tree under which Buddha used to sit and pray.
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