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Giac Lam Pagoda

Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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As featured in Ho Chi Minh City for free
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
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Melbourne, Australia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
105 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Very off the maps. A little strange to get there, but worth the visit. -Hard to know, where you can go, and where not, so it is good to go there with a local. Very REAL experience with calm environment and a warm spirituality.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

After 9 months living here, we had our first visit to this oldest pagoda in town, situated near Cholon China town area. We've seen more temples or pagodas in Vietnam with much of Chinese influence. However, this whole ornamentation and architecture are so unique.. The wide roof line of the main building (temple area) is so beautiful. We arrived around... More

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Philippines
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

118 Lac Long Quan Street, District 5. Open 6am to noon then 2 to 8:30pm. It was build in 1744 and remodeled in 1900's. In the garden in front of the pagoda are tombs of venerated monks. Walking to the pagoda just before the tombs is a statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat - (goddess of mercy). No hats,... More

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Maitland, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

A long way out of town but worth the trip especially if you can share the trip with friends or fellow interested travellers. I use the Lonely Planet book as a guide because so little was written in English but I'm sure there was still a lot that I didn't really understand. Nevertheless I could sense it's historical importance to... More

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Jump in a taxi to get to the site, as is out from the centre of town. The pagoda is interesting, so is the cementry and the main temple. Big site with lots to see and no bus tours .. note is closes between 12 noon and 2pm

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