Giac Lam Pagoda
Giac Lam Pagoda
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Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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tom1941
Philippines125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
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.
Written October 30, 2012
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Itlan
Carlsbad, CA109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
On a 3 week business trip to HCM City, I had little time to visit the "must see" list. Instead I searched out small trips that could be done in 90 minutes or less. Giac Lam Pagoda met this criteria. About a 20 or 45 minute drive out of downtown District 1, our party of 2 were the only tourists in the area.

The complex consists of the Giac Lam Pagoda, the White Buddha, an outside cemetery, an inside urn/memorial, a zen garden and a couple of additional temples. We spent about 45 minutes strolling around, uninterrupted and enjoying the uniqueness of Giac Lam.

Most people stop at the Pagoda but take the time to wander through. Donation boxes are set up but not required and no one hassles you but do remember to remove your shoes before entering the Pagoda or temples. Be respectful if a memorial service is going on.

We arrived at 10:30 am and found out that two of the temples did not open until 14:00 hours so maybe go later in the day. We sent 3 friends over around 16:00 hours and they were able to get in the temples and watch a Buddhist ceremony.

It's hot, there is no shade. Bring water and if needed, an umbrella to block the sun. Print directions since the taxi driver's are not used to going to this area.
Written June 4, 2010
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EredGorgoroth1
Jakarta, Indonesia9,850 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
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 of mercy, Avalokiteshvara on the front door.
outside the pagoda, stood another Quan Yin statue under renovation.
At the back is a walled temple with one thousand arms Avalokiteshvara statue and three white Buddha in different manifestations.
Giac Lam has separate compound for another Avalokiteshvara temple, Laughing Buddha temple, and more pagodas in two separate compound.
at the exit is a giant white Buddha in a tranquil meditation posture under a Bodhi leaf.

mystery : Giac Lam was located in 1744. it had been accredited the culture vistial history by council of state.

hint : don't buy incense stick as the temple provided inside the temple
Written October 17, 2014
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Ross C
Adelaide, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Written March 23, 2012
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Nenee7
Bangkok, Thailand127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Business
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
Written May 19, 2015
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clairmontjeff
Hue, Vietnam1,163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
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.
Written September 24, 2014
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JoelAndoetoe
Prague, Czech Republic260 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written December 31, 2013
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Rakdaow
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
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.
Written November 10, 2012
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This pagoda is a little drive outside of the tourist area, but I thought it was very pretty and I was glad we went. There isn’t a whole lot to do besides walk around and take some photos, but it will take less than an hour and taxis a cheap.
Written June 7, 2023
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Paul C
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Guys, I'm a very positive person and hate writing negative reviews.

But I can save one person, just one, from wasting their time to visit this sorry excuse for a Pagoda it will be worth it.

Just terrible. Poorly maintained. In an area that's hard to get to, with, unfortunately nothing but really poor Vietnamese people desperately trying to 'help' you by opening the gate to the stairs for some money.

It's old - but not in a good way. Just feels unloved and in need of some restoration and care on the part of, I don't know, anyone.

And when you've spend the 2 minutes worth spending there you'll spend an hour trying to get a cab back to District 1.

Things I'd do instead of visiting this Pagoda:
- Laundry in the bathtub;
- Rip some photos to iPhoto
- Write the first chapter in a terrible novel set in time where people cared about their - Pagodas
- Order room service. Again.
- Lobby Tripadvisor to introduce a zero star rating
- Foot massage. Again.

Genuinely, this place is no good and there are plenty of other culturally significant sites in Vietnam worth visiting instead.

You've been warned.

Over and out.
Written May 4, 2018
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