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The KHMER (ethnic Cambodians) have a long history in the Mekong Delta, dating back to even before the ethnic Vietnamese people arrived there. In southern Vietnam, in the Mekong Delta in particular, there still is a sizeable Khmer community, especially in Tra Vinh and Soc Trang, but also in and around Can Tho.

The Munireangsey Pagoda on Hoa Binh Street in Can Tho is a place dear to our hearts. When we lived in the area, we regularly visited it to chat with the always kind monks and students living there.

This relatively small Khmer sanctuary features lots of gold and typical Theravada decorations. It was built in 1945 to serve Can Tho's Khmer community. Currently they are building a large additional compound.

To our surprise a second (and even bigger) Khmer pagoda has recently been built in Can Tho. That one is called the Chùa Khmer Pitu Khôsa Răngsây. It is brighty lit at night and located near Hồ Xáng Thổi, a small city lake, which is new as well.

Both Khmer pagodas are usually very welcoming for visitors. Often you will find an English speaking monk or an elderly believer willing to show you around.

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THIS PICTURE shows one of the building belonging to the Munireangsey Pagoda, a part of another building is used to frame it.

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