Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Ho Chi Minh City. This temple of the Chinese community was built in the 19th century and dedicated to Guan Yu (AD 162-219, also known as Quan Cong), a deified general who lived during the late Eastern Han Dynasty.
The appearance of Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is exactly that of a Chinese temple. The front door of the temple are painted with door gods. Within the temple you can see a big wooden statue of Quan Cong’s red horse and Nghia An, his faithful groom. The horse statue is considered particularly sacred to devotees, who would ring the bell around its neck and then crawl under it to the other side. They believe that this helps them gain blessings from the horse.
In a glass-encasede altar to the right side of the main sanctuary is the statue of Ong Bon, the guardian of happiness and virtue. The main sanctuary is entered through a wooden folding screen doors which depict a dragon and a tiger. At the main altar in the sanctuary are the main statue of Quan Cong, flanked by his attendants, among them Quan Binh, his chief mandarin, and Chau Xuong, his chief general.