Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy intense colors in an urban sanctuary of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), a historic Buddhist pagoda believed to be the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minh City. Standing 65 m (213 ft) tall, this seven story stupa set in a lovely garden with a big Bodhi tree houses countless gilded figures blending Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Built in 1744, the temple features a seated statue of the colorful haloed Buddha of Enlightenment with five children climbing all over him, and an elaborate candle holder with images of Buddha. Climb the pagoda and enjoy a panorama of the city from one of its octagonal balconies. Use our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder to visit Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) on your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Ho Chi Minh City when traveling be sure to visit this place. The number of people in a variety of shapes Kannon. The temple is in front of the ossuary for the monks who died also. Inspectors form really gorgeous and beautiful.
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  • As many as Japan gambit Kannon enshrined. Tables, chairs were arranged so you can mess with in. Outside, a lot of beautiful statues, cranes has stomped on the turtle statue, this likely represents yin and Yang. Monks in Viet Nam in the single life, strict vegetarian dishes other than it is not to speak.
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  • I went during Aug fulll moon, hence there are some may local visit Quite dark inside and full of alters but you are allowed to take photographs. You can combine this with a trip to Chinatown market in...  more »
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  • Impressive multi-level pagoda from the 18th century. Very nice staff. Compared to the hectic city, this place is unbelievably peaceful.
  • Very historic and interesting temple to learn more about before visiting. Nice place to take an afternoon break or evening chanting. Pagoda is the general term for a tiered tower with multiple eaves, common in Asia outside of India. The ancient Indian Buddhist Stupa exported and recreated in many Asian counties is a "Pagoda." The Pagoda's reason to exist is to house relics and sacred writings.
  • A very peaceful pagoda, it's also a very beautiful place for photography.
  • Old sprawling temple grounds with a school for monks on the grounds. It very much seemed to be a pagoda in use, and not just designed for picture taking. It isn't the most beautiful pagoda I've seen, but it was worth a wonderful walk through the grounds seeing all the monks and nuns attending to their studies and maintaining the grounds.
  • Old pagoda which built in 1744. It's nice and peace

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