Doi Pagoda

Location: Doi Pagoda is located on Van Ngoc Chinh St., Ward 3, about 2km from downtown Soc Trang, Soc Trang Province.
Characteristics: The pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture, especially its very large roof that houses tens of thousands of bats.

Doi Pagoda (Bat Pagoda) also called Ma Toc Pagoda, or Mahatuc Pagoda was built during the 16th century. It is one of the oldest pagodas in the province and has been renovated several times since.
 

◊ Khmer Architectural Style

Doi Pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture. The pagoda presents Khmer arts, with skilful, symbolic decorations on its pillars and roof and splendid relieves and statues. Many typical images of Khmer culture are decorated in the pagoda such as 5-headed giant snake, Fairy Kemnar, etc. An ancient Buddha statue and a number of Buddhist books written on sugar palm leaves can be admired there. There's also a beautifully painted Khmer longboat here which as the type used at Ooc Om Boc Festival.

 


 

The architectural complex of Doi Pagoda consists of: sanctum, Sala hall, lecture hall, dining hall, dormitory of the monks… These buildings are situated in an area of about 4ha with many ancient trees.
 

Behind the pagoda, there are odd tombs painted with the image of a pig on each one. The first tomb was erected in memory of a pig with five toenails (usually pigs have only four toenails) that died in 1996. Others rare pigs with five toenails have survived and are being raised by the monks. These pigs are pets. After dying, they were buried there.
 

◊ Mysterious Habitat of Bats

Especially its very large roof houses tens of thousands of bats. Some have wingspans of more than a meter and resemble large ripe pears as they hang upside down from the upper branches.  They cling to tree branches all day, fly away at night to seek food, and return the following morning. The bats never eat the fruit in the garden.
 

In 1999, Doi Pagoda was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information (now Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) as National Historical and Cultural Relic Site.

 

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NEARBY DESTINATIONS
WHERE TO STAY
Ngoc Lan Hotel

Add: 182 Le Hong Phong St., Soc Trang city

Tel: (84-299) 3622 696

Khanh Hung Hotel

Add: 17 Tran Hung Dao St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 026/ 3821 027

Net Viet Hotel

Add: 172 Truong Cong Dinh St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3624 510/ 3614 510

Phu Qui Hotel

Add: 19-21 Phan Chu Trinh St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3611 911/ 3611 811

Que Huong Hotel

Add: 128 Nguyen Trung Truc St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3616 615/ 3616 617

Tien Dinh Hotel

Add: 256, D15 Residence zone Hung Thinh, Ward 7, Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3623 016

Phong Lan 1 Hotel

Add: 136 Dong Khoi St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 619/ 3824 229

Phong Lan 2 Hotel

Add: 133 Nguyen Chi Thanh St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 757

Cong Doan Guest House

Add: 04 Tran Van Sac St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3826 984

Thanh Nhan Hotel

Add: 479 Highway No.1, Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3619 619

Bao Ngoc Hotel

Add: 1 Highway No.1, Kim Xang St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3616222

Hong Cuc Hotel

Add: 84B Group 3, Hightway 1, Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3621 803

WHERE TO EAT
Hung I Restaurant

Add: 28/48 Hung Vuong St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3824 376

Khanh Hung Restaurant

Add: 17 Tran Hung Dao St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 027

Phong Lan 1 Restaurant

Add: 124 Dong Khoi St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 619

Phong Lan 2 Restaurant

Add: 133 Nguyen Chi Thanh St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3821 757

Thien Truc Restaurant

Add: 2 Hung Vuong St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3610 831

Thanh Thao Restaurant

Add: 204 Phu Loi St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3611 119

Hang Ky Restaurant

Add: 67 Yet Kieu St., Soc Trang City

Tel: (84-299) 3820 034