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

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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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  • 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. 
    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.  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • The main 7 storey pagoda has different statues of Buddhas on each level.they are all brightly painted and the atmosphere is welcoming and serene. As all the shuttered windows were open there was a welcome breeze and far reaching city views.. Turn left out of the pagoda and walk past the white female statue to the temple. Inside it is quite amazing. Outside there are 3 long dovecotes with cooing birds. Well worth the visit .
  • I liked very much. It does not appear in the guides as a major attraction but our guide was inspired to propose us to visit this Buddhist temple. It is the oldest temple in Saigon, well maintained, full of ancient artifacts. I liked the authenticity of this place of prayer. And even if it wasn't a day of prayer, there were plenty of locals praying. And quite a lot of young people ... It is worth including in a day trip to Ho Chi Minh!

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