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Giac Lam Pagoda is good for
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Why Giac Lam Pagoda is special ?
Giác Lâm Pagoda is a historic Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. It’s a fantastically atmospheric place full of gilded statues, colourful wall panels (depicting among other things the path to enlightenment as well as the tortures awaiting those condemned to hell) with one of the country’s most impressive stupas (32m tall). For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor pilgrimage sight, as it contains a bronze bell that, when rung, is believed to answer the prayers posted by petitioners. Home to several monks, the Buddhist pagoda also incorporates aspects of Taoism and Confucianism. It is well worth the trip out here from the centre and is one of the city’s cultural relics.
What to explore at Giac Lam Pagoda?
Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan The Am Bo Tat on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity.
Like many Vietnamese Buddhist temples, aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism can be found. For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor pilgrimage sight, as it contains a bronze bell that, when rung, is believed to answer the prayers posted by petitioners.
The main sanctuary lies in the next room, filled with countless gilded figures. On the dais in the centre of the back row sits the A Di Da Buddha, easily spotted by his colourful halo. The fat laughing fellow, seated with five children climbing all over him, is Ameda, the Buddha of Enlightenment, Compassion and Wisdom.
How to get to Giac Lam Pagoda?
About 3km from Cholon, Giac Lam Pagoda is best reached by taxi or xe om (motorbike taxi).
If you travel by bus, all you need to do is catching bus No.27 at Ben Thanh Bus Station and then get off at the crossroad Lac Long Quan – Au Co. Then you can find the way to Giac Lam Pagoda.
- Be the oldest temple in HCMC
- A very nice insight into Buddhism
- Quiet and spacious escapade
- Quiet pagoda with panoramic view of the city
- Great pagoda and temple complex
Lac Long Quan Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
It took 30 minutes from Saigon square to Lac Long Quan street, a long street full of shops and houses. A bright yellow and red gate invites worshipers to Giac Lam compound. An empty motorbike parking lot was used by the elderly to do jogging. Dogs barking and chasing birds. a large yellow Pagoda stood on the left with Goddess of mercy, Avalokiteshvara on the front door. outside the pagoda, stood another Quan Yin statue under renovation. At the back is a walled temple with one thousand arms Avalokiteshvara statue and three white Buddha in different manifestations. Giac Lam has separate compound for another Avalokiteshvara temple, Laughing Buddha temple, and more pagodas in two separate compound. at the exit is a giant white Buddha in a tranquil meditation posture under a Bodhi leaf. mystery : Giac Lam was located in 1744. it had been accredited the culture vistial history by council of state. hint : don't buy incense stick as the temple provided inside the temple