Giac Lam Pagoda, in-built 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an essential historic website by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988.
Located in Tan Binh District, the pagoda is surrounded by spacious, walled backyard and fronted by statues of legendary dragons, the protecting guardians to many temples right here.
Giac Lam Pagoda
Inside, this richly embellished shrine is comprised of three areas: the ceremonial corridor, the chanting corridor and the refectory. This huge and sprawling institution homes fantastically rendered photos of Buddha in varied incarnations, together with quite a few Taoist deities, every with personal altar. All of the picket pillars are embellished with red-and-gold Chinese characters.
The ceremonial corridor is dominated by the big statue of Amitabha Buddha, who's surrounded by 5 smaller Buddha photos. Additionally in the principle corridor is the ‘9 dragon altar’ depicting the delivery of Prince Sidharta, the long run Buddha Gotama.
Exterior, a brand new addition, the 32-metre tall stupa dominates the temple grounds. This seven-story excessive, hexagonal construction incorporates a Buddha relic housed on the highest ground. Guests can climb as much as the highest ground for panoramic views of town. In entrance of the stupa stands the white statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy on an open lotus flower, an emblem of purity.
Opening Hours: 05:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 20:00 each day
Location: 118 Lac Long Quan, District 3