Van Thanh Mieu Temple
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Van Thanh Mieu Temple information
Lonely Planet review
Confucian temples such as this are rare in southern Vietnam. The front hall honours local hero Phan Thanh Gian, who led an uprising against the French colonists in 1930. When it became obvious that his revolt was doomed, Phan killed himself rather than be captured by the colonial army. The rear hall, built in 1866, has a portrait of Confucius above the altar.
Sitting in pleasant grounds across from the river, Van Thanh Mieu Temple is southeast of town; designed in Confucian style, it looks like it was lifted straight out of China. Don’t confuse it with the smaller Quoc Cong Pagoda, which you’ll pass on the way.