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“Backside of the real HCMC” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda
Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Full-Day Tour
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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Backside of the real HCMC”
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.

Visited December 2012
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Oldest pagoda in HCMC - hidden sanctuary”
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 2pm so we witnessed the afternoon chanting, nuns, monks and worshipers - - very pleasant hearing and recommend if you plan to visit. The pagoda itself wasn't that impressive and quite dry. But the whole area itself is so pleasant, big trees and nice layout and still keep its original.

Visited November 2012
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“Believed to be Oldest Pagoda In HCMC”
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, no smoking and wearing shoes permitted in certain areas. Elaborate statuary, dark carved wood, incense galore, quite often chanting going on other than normal prayer times, walls are lined with portraits of deceased, some altars have family tree of various families, monks are friendly and helpful and one room contains aisles of shelves with colorful urns of ashes of the dead. It incorporates some Taoism and Confucianism. Many sick visit for healings. Prayer time is 4am to 5am; 11am to nonn and 7pm to 9pm. Best to take taxi. They have one wheelchair available if you need it.

Visited October 2012
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Maitland, Australia
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“History and serenity”
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 Buddhism and the serenity of the place was palpable.

Visited September 2011
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Great pagoda and temple complex”
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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