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Floating pagoda defies flood season in Mekong Delta

Update: November, 22/2013 - 09:39

The Co Son Pagoda in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An is well known for its name "Floating Pagoda" as the more than 200-year-old pagoda has never been submerged during the Delta's annual flooding season.

The three-compartment pagoda was built on a islet along the Vam Co Tay River in Ca Ban Hamlet in Vinh Hung District's Tuyen Binh Commune in the most-flooded area in the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reed) region. The pagoda is surrounded by many trees and flowers all year-round.

Local people and authorities say in years when the flood water reached record highs, 11 islets around the pagoda were submerged deeply. But the pagoda, whose location is not much higher than the other 11 islets, remained unflooded.

Why has the pagoda never been flooded? The answer is waiting for scientists' research about the islet height and the water flow around the islet. Now is the ideal time for visitors to visit the floating pagoda as it attracts a large number of visitors during the flood season, which occurs during July and November. — VNS

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