49 Guatma Buddha in Shrine of Xá Lợi Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This gold-coated statue in the shrine of Xá Lợi Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is Siddhārtha Gautama. He is considered to be the Supreme Buddha who taught in the Himalayan foothills until his death around 400 BC. The Buddha is depicted in meditation atop a lotus blossom. In 1963, under orders of the South Vietnamese president, the pagoda was viciously attacked as part of a Buddhist persecution that led to hundreds of deaths and the jailing of 1,000 monks.

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89b Bà Huyện Thanh Quan phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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