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Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda), Ho Chi Minh City

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Known for its inner walls depicting the life of the Buddha, Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda) once served as the center of the opposition to the Diem government. In 1963, the sanctuary was ransacked and all of its 400 nuns and monks were placed under arrest. Later, the temple became the site of several self-immolations by monks opposed to the regime and the war with the U.S. To visit Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda) on your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, use our Ho Chi Minh City vacation trip planner.
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  • We arrived just before noon to ‘peer’ through window as closed . If this is good as it gets its not worth it.  more »
  • Small and Tranquil temple. No one speaks English there. Made a quick visit and left. Pagoda was not open at that time.  more »
  • This was quite the sight to see on a sunny day. Very impressive architecture so it's great for that. Unfortunately most of it was closed when I went.  more »
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  • Not a spectacular pagoda. There are some nice plants on display. Not much to do but take a few quick pics.
  • The place is nice and it is a truly original worship place for budists. Although the place is far and there is not much to see, it is interesting to watch locals in their praying. (*forbidden to enter in shorts, sandals or tanktops)
  • Not much to see really. Spent less than 5 mins. Was quite disappointing
  • Only great for people who come her to pray and meditate, it's not for tourists
  • A lot of devoted locals worshipping means this is an authentic place. No one try to sell you tourist things here when I went at 7pm on a wed

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