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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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  • One of Very good Buddhist temple in HoChiMinh city, Vietnam, .. ... good to stay good to pray but please check the break time if you want to enter into a part of the main temple....
  • Its ~400 years old beautifully preserved and well maintained, culturally rich Buddhist temple...one of the best I have ever seen in whole South Asia. PS: not very busy on normal days and also its deep inside after crossing the main pagoda if anyone goes from road entry. We were about to miss but luckily while exploring till the last, we found it.

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