Quan Cong was a talented yet virtuous general who stood for loyalty, kindness, courage and moderation during the difficult times of war in China. The temple was built in honor of him by the Chinese immigrants and the Viet people as well. It was recognized as a “National Historic and Cultural site” in November 1991.
The temple was originally built for merchants who used to visit from various places to get their ancestors blessings and pray for luck before going on any long journeys or trips. Now there is a festival celebrated at the Quan Cong temple twice a year according to the Luna calendar. These festivals attract many pilgrims around the country to the temple.
The structure of the temple resembles the Chinese character “Quoc” (country) and is composed of three sections. The front hall, open yard and back hall. The statue of Quan Cong stands in the middle, three feet high with eyes like a phoenix and a long beard, dressed in a royal green robe. The temple has over 30 painted boards bearing poems written by famous intellectuals that talk about loyalty, patriotism, righteousness and moderation.
The temple stands in Hoin An on Nguyen Hue Street, near the central market. If you are looking for things to do in Hoi An then this temple should be on your list. Hotels such as Anantara Hoi An Resort is also located in the city and will be in close proximity to the temple.
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