Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City, was recognized as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988.

Known as the oldest Buddhist temple, built in 1744, Giac Lam Pagoda located in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is encompassed by spacious, walled garden and fronted by statues of mythical dragons, the protective guardians to many temples here.

 

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Giac Lam Pagoda Highlights

Structure, there are 3 areas in this richly decorated temple: the ceremonial hall, the chanting hall and the refectory. This large and sprawling establishment houses beautifully rendered images of Buddha in various incarnations, along with many Taoist deities, each with own altar. All the wooden pillars are decorated with red-and-gold Chinese characters.

The main part of Giac Lam Pagoda is the ceremonial hall which is dominated by the large statue of Amitabha Buddha, who is surrounded by five smaller Buddha images. Also in the main hall is the ‘nine dragon altar’ depicting the birth of Prince Sidharta, the future Buddha Gotama.

There is a 32-metre tall stupa, a new addition, dominates the temple grounds. This seven-storey high, hexagonal structure contains a Buddha relic housed on the top floor. Travelers can climb up to the top floor for getting panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh city. In front of the stupa stands the white statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy on an open lotus flower, a symbol of purity.

Opening Hours: 05:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 20:00 daily

Location: 565 Lac Long Quan street, Ward 10, Tan Binh district, HCMC

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