Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City

Giac Lam Pagoda
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Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,644 contributions
nice site
Dec 2019
it's a bigger site with the Giac Lam Pagoda, but also other temples and statues around. quiet, as off the road, and therefore pleasant to visit. no bit miracle, but just nice.
Written December 25, 2019
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,223 contributions
Good to see
Oct 2019 • Couples
They brought us here as part of our cruise tour of HCM. It was interesting.
Left one of my painted stones here for pershorerocks (I paint stones for others to find, tag and rehide... fun for kids etc).
Ladies be aware.... just the squatter style toilets here and not the most pleasant.
The monks were interesting. Didn't realise there were different types.
Written October 18, 2019
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SF Guy
San Francisco, CA768 contributions
Just Ok
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is from a non local perspective but it was just ok to me. There was really no reception to guide me through where to go and where not to go. It’s was one of those experiences where it’s uncomfortable like invading the people’s privacy.
Written September 6, 2019
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Steve
Sherborne, UK38 contributions
Disappointing
Aug 2019
Considering Giac Lam is quoted as one of the "Top Ten " Pagodas to visit in HCMC, I was very disappointed. There are many more interesting pagodas in Cholon (Saigon's China Town) than this painted, relatively modern structure.
Written August 27, 2019
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Andrew S
Sheffield, UK713 contributions
Stunning
Feb 2019 • Couples
Built in 1744 is the oldest temple in Saigon, surrounded by a walled garden full of lovely plants and shrubs and statues.

The Buddha is reputed to have the remnants of a little finger in the urn situated above the Buddha in the centre of the wall surrounded by the red lights.
Written February 15, 2019
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U5860CPgeorgeh
Victoria, Canada77 contributions
Impressive Buddhist statue in Saigon
Sep 2018 • Family
It house a number of very impressive Buddhist statues. It is a must visit for Buddhist practitioner and tourist of all faith.
Written November 10, 2018
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Hải Đăng
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam896 contributions
Giac Lam Pagoda
Sep 2018 • Friends
Giac Lam Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City.
Which strongly depicts the architecture of the Southern temples. Coming to this place, tourists will have a chance to enjoy 113 beautiful Buddha statuses made of jackfruit wood and meticulously gold-plated columns.
Written September 24, 2018
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DoctorFeelgoodDorset
Dorset, UK1,746 contributions
Well worth a walk around the Pagoda and Grounds
Sep 2018 • Couples
Buddhist temple built in 1744, it is apparently one of the oldest temples in the city. You might be surprised to the swastika symbol on many of the Buddhist Monks headstones but it is a geometrical figure and an ancient religious icon from the cultures of Eurasia, where it has been and remains a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions and East Asian religions. Well worth a walk around the Pagoda and Grounds - even has toilets.
Written September 23, 2018
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Paul C
3 contributions
Historically terrible
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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Michaela
El Dorado Hills, CA1,527 contributions
Buddhist monks chanting
Feb 2018 • Couples
It was just another temple to me, but this time the monks were praying and chanting and it was quite lovely. The large bell was ringing and the small gong was being struck, and it appeared the monks were trying to worship as the tours were taking pictures.
Written February 12, 2018
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