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Address: Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees...
Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
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Be the oldest temple in HCMC

Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan The Am Bo Tat on a lotus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Its ok to know the place, but don't stay long. Pay your respects, don't act like a tourist and be loud and obnoxious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan The Am Bo Tat on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity. Like many Vietnamese Buddhist temples, aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism can be found. For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor... More 

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Presov, Slovakia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The area is quite big, we spent over an hour exploring all the temples and buildings from the inside and outside. It is full of different statues, it's probably a good idea to take a local with you to explain more about it. There is no entrance fee. Climbing up the stairs in the pagoda is highly recommended; every floor... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It took 30 minutes from Saigon square to Lac Long Quan street, a long street full of shops and houses. A bright yellow and red gate invites worshipers to Giac Lam compound. An empty motorbike parking lot was used by the elderly to do jogging. Dogs barking and chasing birds. a large yellow Pagoda stood on the left with Goddess... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Don't have many pagodas in the US, so I take every opportunity to visit one when I travel. I enjoy watching the people pay homage according to their own culture and beliefs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It takes 40 minutes by taxi to get out to this oldest pagoda in HCMC. Its set in lovely gardens just beyond Chinatown. The main sanctuary at the rear of the complex is quite dark inside but houses hundreds of gilded Buddha statues.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Beautiful craftsmanship, but the statues will only mean something to people who already know Who they represent. The pagoda is open to active worshippers, so not having explanations for random tourists makes perfect sense. You can climb the stairs to the top for magnificent panoramic view of HCMC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Really interesting and the craftsmanship is amazing, people donate and have their name put on a buddha. We were invited to join the prayer service which was beautiful. A must see.

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Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Make sure you wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders or you won't be allowed in. Quiet and peaceful gardens. Quite dark inside and full of alters etc. but you are allowed to take photographs. Not many people here when we went mid afternoon. We combined this with a trip to Chinatown markets.

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Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Enjoy pagodas pretty much wherever they are found and this one is great. lots of colour, lots of people and lots of places to practices one's camera skills. Well worth the walk.

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