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

An authentic experience of life and religion in Vietnam. I enjoyed walking up the pagoda to get a view over the city. the grounds were nicely kept and the temple too is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2017
karen w
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a little far from the city area. However with Uber, it was easy getting in and out of the area. Many old statues and craftsmanship were different from usual Chinese ones. Spent an hour here and I zipped out of the area and back to HCMC.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

An authentic experience of life and religion in Vietnam. I enjoyed walking up the pagoda to get a view over the city. the grounds were nicely kept and the temple too is interesting. We saw a service in progress. The tall white buddha is one I've seen in brochures, so was glad to have seen it in person. We were... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

When I walked inside the pagoda, there were a spiritual atmosphere that told me about the age of the pagoda. I was impressive by the roofs of the buildings as well as all the pillars, doors,... inside the buildings.

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Thank Tue T
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

peaceful, non commercial kind monks who gave us lucky day for business opening. the young children living here are delicious

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Had read about this Pagoda...was fascinated to know it was the oldest Pagoda, built in 1744...and the story surrounding it...but going to see it was difficult, an uncomfortable experience...traffic is congested...you can miss it as there are no signs...locals have no idea and if you don't have someone speaking Vietnamese it is an impossible task. In the Pagoda itself, there... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

worth a visit. Incredibly quiet and calming for such a hectic city. breathe in the calm and be part of it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is the one to go to - very extensive, lots of history, and a great layout - you can wander around and enjoy soo much!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 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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