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Giac Lam Pagoda

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Address: Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Not so important to do on your pagoda tour. Although it is an interesting pagoda, not the best thing I saw in HCM.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

You like old stuff that are made of concrete not older than 10 years ago? You want the charm of colorful walls repainted freshly from yesterday? You really want to see what Vietnam has the most ugly thing? Then go for it, this is your unique chance to spot one jewel of horror and bad taste. If you prefer old... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you want to see buddhist temples, go to Thailand and Camobodia! This is more like a very big local worship house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A very old pagoda in a very old temple which is worth seeing. It's quite small but charming. Once you inside, better pay homage as gods here are mostly for family and health. You can tell the taxi to go there then after can walk out to get taxi from the street

3 Thank Nenee7
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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.

1 Thank Aepalesca
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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 

Thank Charlise B
Presov, Slovakia
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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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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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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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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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