The temple’s architecture is influenced by the Huế Imperial Citadel. — VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY — Not far from a crowded market in HCM City is a temple that enshrines a revered hero with a bloody family tragedy.

Ông Bà Chiểu Temple sits on a piece of land that is shaped like a turtle’s back and slightly higher than its surroundings. The temple’s location is considered supreme in feng shui terms.

It is located next to Bà Chiểu Market in Bình Thạnh District and is where hero and high-ranking mandarin of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Lê Văn Duyệt (1764-1832), is buried along with his wife Đỗ Thị Phận.

The temple has four gates named after the cardinal directions, with the Southern Gate now used as the main one.

According to the monument management board, 100-200 locals and foreigners visit every day. During Tết (Lunar New Year), 100,000 people visit to pay their respects. — VNS


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