Located at the foot of Sam Mountain in Chau Doc Town, An Giang, Ba Chua Xu Shrine is one of the most famous religious buildings in the Mekong Delta. Each year, this monument welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the country who worship here.
Ba Chua Xu Shrine has a long history and splendid exquisite architecture, completed in 1976. The patterns, details, columns, and roofs of the shrine were crafted in a meticulous and sophisticated manner, bearing features of Eastern artistic tradition. The Ba statue was carved in the sixth century following the model of the Vinus gods commonly seen in Laos, Cambodia and India. The sacredness of Ba Chua Xu is described in many legends that you will hear when coming here.
Via Ba Chua Xu festival on the Sam Mountain takes place from the 23 to 17 of lunar April. It is recognized as a national festival and its many cultural and spiritual activities attract thousands of visitors.
Experience the solemn atmosphere and immerse yourself in the cultural beauty or simply daydream in the gentle and green landscape of An Giang.
You can join a tailor-made tour from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta region and stop at Chau Doc for Ba Chua Xu Festival or catch a bus by yourself toward Chau Doc, which takes about six hours. It is best to go the night before your visit. From Chau Doc city centre, you have several options to get to Ba Chua Xu Shrine situated about 6km away. You can take a taxi, rent a motorbike or take the bus. If you are visiting during the festival season, avoid buying roasted pork to worship Ba, as the pork has been reported to be stale or reused multiple times. Look after your jewelry carefully, and do not purchase lucky birds to release, as you will likely get charged too much.
From Ba Chua Xu Shrine, you can continue your Mekong delta tour to the ancient Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Hang Pagoda or visit Chau Doc fish sauce market to buy gifts for your friends and relatives.