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Giac Lam Pagoda

Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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53 helpful votes 53 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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