On May 8, in the provinces of Suphan Buri and Chachoengsao (central Thailand), two of the oldest Vietnamese temples in Thailand are Tam Bao Pagoda (Thai name is Wat Aphay Phati Kram) and Ngoc Thanh Pagoda. (Thai name is Wat Annan Duoikai Tralom Prachom Phatsakan) has been attached with a Vietnamese nameplate.
At the signing ceremony, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Ngo Trinh Ha affirmed that Viet Buddhism (An Nam Tong) is one of only two foreign Buddhist sects in Thailand. . The introduction and development of the Vietnamese Buddhist sect in Thailand, the appearance of Vietnamese temples in Thailand and spiritual activities and worship according to Vietnamese traditions of overseas Vietnamese Buddhists Thailand not only makes an important contribution to preserving the national cultural identity in the community of Thai expatriates but also acts as a bridge to the Vietnam-Thailand friendship relationship, connecting expatriates and people in the country. .
Since the first Vietnamese migrated to Thailand, Vietnamese temples have also been gradually built. Up to now, there are about 20 temples of Vietnamese origin throughout Thailand. Vietnamese Buddhism became the spiritual support of overseas Vietnamese living in foreign lands. Despite the ups and downs of history, the Vietnamese Buddhist sect in Thailand has remained strong and has become a respected sect in the Buddhist community in Thailand.
According to Most Venerable Thich Thien Khai, Tam Bao pagoda was built in 2449 of the Buddhist calendar (ie 1906), from the reign of King Rama V, up to now, it has been 116 years.
“The temple has many features of Chinese Buddhism but developed according to the Vietnamese Buddhist sect. Thais, Vietnamese and Chinese come together to worship at this temple, demonstrating the encompassing beauty of Buddhism, where people, regardless of country, can share their religious beliefs. I am Thai and am the abbot of this temple,” said Most Venerable Thich Thien Khai.
For the Vietnamese community in Thailand, Vietnamese pagodas are both places of cultural and religious activities of the majority of the Vietnamese Buddhist community, playing a role in community cohesion, preservation, maintenance and development. promoting the cultural identity of the Vietnamese people in Thailand, it also has the meaning of educating the young generation about the cultural beauties of the nation.