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Address: Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees...

Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.

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GIAC LAM--a place for solitude

A TEMPLE (Giac-Lam-Pagoda) was constructed in the Spring ,1744, at GIA-DIN, then a small settlement, which grew as SAIGON, and now called HO-CHI-MINH city. It was constructed by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2016
Sarasij M
Noida, India
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

we got there by taxi since this is a remote place if you do not know the city; service was going on, and we were invited in and really nicely invited to participate in the ceremony; people were very kind and peaceful, concentrated and tolerant vis a vis us, who are not buddhist; this made it a very intense and... More 

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Noida, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

A TEMPLE (Giac-Lam-Pagoda) was constructed in the Spring ,1744, at GIA-DIN, then a small settlement, which grew as SAIGON, and now called HO-CHI-MINH city. It was constructed by Lu-Thuey-Long, during the reign of Nguen-Phuc-Khoat of NGUYEN Lords. The initial purpose was to celebrate new year by the locals, at this venue, and worship Lord Buddha, as the principal Deity. In1772,,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Best reached by taxi, this pagoda has peaceful grounds and gardens. Prayers are held daily from 4am to 5am, 11am to noon, 4pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm. There is a white statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity. The main sanctuary is filled with gilded figures. On the dais in... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

it houses a collection of more than 150 wooden buddha statue. at the back is a big statue of the buddha. a little far from the city, this is a very peaceful place.

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

This is one of the oldest pagodas in HCMC. I went with my son and his partner. Prayers were in process so we had the opportunity to listen to the chanting and prayers which were beautiful. It is a large area with several buildings to explore as well as a lovely garden to sit quietly in and soak up the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

As far as pagodas go, I guess this is pretty standard and run of the mill. BUT, it is quiet, has amazing architecture, and is just fascinating! I happened to go when stuff was happening there, and it was truly fascinating to watch. Do visit!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 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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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

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