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The unique pair of 300-year-old lychee in An Giang is considered a treasure

The pair of lychees at Svai Ta Hon Pagoda (An Giang) are huge in size and 300 years old. People in the area consider 2 litchi trees to be treasured, because every year both trees bear fruit, signaling a bountiful harvest that year.

Not the country of lychee, but in the land of An Giang, there are two ancient lychee trees with an age of more than 300 years. This pair of lychees is a hundred years older than the lychee tree in Hai Duong, once recognized as “Vietnam’s oldest lychee tree”.

The pair of lychees mentioned are located on the campus of Svai Ta Hon pagoda (Ninh Loi hamlet, An Tuc commune, Tri Ton district, An Giang). Despite the rain of bombs and bullets during the war, the two lychee trees still stood proudly, reaching out to shade the Khmer people in the mountainous country for many generations. 

The unique pair of 300-year-old lychee in An Giang is considered a treasure
Pair of giant lychee at Svai Ta Hon Pagoda (An Giang) (Photo: Bao Ky).

Most Venerable Chau Hen – Abbot of Svai Ta Hon Pagoda said that these two litchi trees have lived for more than 300 years. Previously, the pagoda had a total of three lychee trees, but during the war, one of them was damaged and died. two current trees. 

“These two trees are the same age, but the size is not the same, one tree is tall and big, the other is a little shorter. However, the litchi tree is smaller in size but gives a lot of fruit,” said the head monk of Svay pagoda. Ta Hon said. 

Most Venerable Chau Hen said that this pair of cloths is more than 300 years old (Photo: Bao Ky).

According to PV’s observations, although rooted in arid mountain soil, the two litchi trees grow very well, even larger and more superficial than the “nest” lychee tree in Hai Duong. 

The pair of lychee has a height of over 30m, the canopy is more than 50m wide. The large and upright trunk is not divided into many trunks like the old litchi trees in the North.

In particular, the tree trunk is very large, it takes 3-4 people to hug it. On the body there are many lumpy, lumpy nodules as evidence for the remnants of time left. From a distance, the large and majestic cloth bag looks like two dharma protectors standing guard in front of the temple yard. 

“In the season, these two litchi trees shed a lot of leaves. Around the third lunar month is the time when the trees bear fruit. The lychee fruit is small but sweet and very fragrant. At that time, the children in the area gathered to pick the litchi and eat it very well. crowded,” the abbot said. 

Two litchi trees were recognized as Vietnamese heritage trees in 2013 (Photo: Bao Ky).

According to the monks in the temple and the people around, these two litchi trees are very special, every year both litchi trees bear fruit, that year the weather is favorable and the crops are bountiful. Therefore, people in the area consider this pair of cloth a “treasure”, every holiday or New Year, people often come under the tree to have fun, cultural activities, and pray for mild weather and favorable crops.

In 2013, the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Nature and Environment in collaboration with the An Giang Forest Protection Department held a ceremony to announce and award certificates to recognize these two elder litchi trees as “Vietnamese heritage trees”, which should be preserved . and preserve.

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