The Xá Lợi Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Xá Lợi; Hán tự: 舍利寺) is the largest pagoda in Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. It was built in 1956 and was the headquarters of Buddhism in South Vietnam. The pagoda is located in District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City and lies on a plot of 2500 square metres. The name Xá Lợi is the Vietnamese translation for sarira, a term used for relics of Buddhists.
The pagoda is best known for the raids, in which the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, the brother of the Roman Catholic President Ngô Đình Diệm, raided and vandalised Buddhist monasteries and pagodas on 21 August 1963.
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... The bell tower of Xá Lợi pagoda was opened in 1961 ... weighing two tonnes, which was cast in the model of the bell of Thiên Mụ Pagoda in Huế ...
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