Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)

Attraction 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
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The Xa Loi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was built in 1956 and was the headquarters of Buddhism in South Vietnam.

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Why Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda) is special ?

Xa Loi Pagoda is a city relics because it’s the headquarter of Buddhism in South Vietnam. It was built in 5 August 1956 and officially opened in 2 May 1958. Address: at a corner of Ba Huyen Thanh Quan and Su Thien Chieu Street, Dist. 3. Its area is about 2500 m², including a library, a bell tower, a shrine, a rooms that sells Buddhism books, and a few other rooms for the monks.


The name Xá Lợi is the Vietnamese translation for śarīra, a term used for relics of Buddhists. The pagoda is best known for the raids, in which the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, the brother of the Roman Catholic President Ngô Đình Diệm, raided and vandalised Buddhist monasteries and pagodas on 21 August 1963.


One special thing about this is the bell tower (like the picture below) It is 32 meters high with 7 seven stories- used to be the tallest bell tower in Vietnam. There’s a 2 tones bell on the top, made to be a version of the bell in a famous pagoda in Hue.


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What to explore at Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)?

The pagoda is best known for the raids, in which the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, the brother of the Roman Catholic President Ngô Đình Diệm, raided and vandalized Buddhist monasteries and pagodas on 21 August 1963.

The pagoda worships a large statue of Buddha Thich Ca made by the Bien Hoa fine art school. In 1969, the statue’s body was covered by golden sheaves as nowadays. In front of the statue is a small tower worshipping relics of Buddha. The main hall was decorated with a large painting consisting of 15 paintings performed by Professor Nguyen Van Long of Gia Dinh Fine Arts School, he depicted the history of Buddha Shakyamuni since birth until he reaches the state of nirvana.

The Xa Loi Pagoda’s bell tower was inaugurated in 1961. The bell tower has 32 meters high, consists of 7 floors, and is the Vietnam’s highest bell tower. Top floor has hung a 2-ton big bell, which was cast in the model of the bell of Thiên Mụ Pagoda in Hue.

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How to get to Temple of the Buddha's Relic (Xa Loi pagoda)?

The pagoda and temple of Xa Loi is located at 89, Ba Thuyen Thanh Quan, just over a five minute stroll from the War Museum and not very far from the city centre. The easiest way to get to this place is catching a taxi to 89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Selling points

  • Serious, tasteful, peaceful
  • Nice pagoda for a quiet moment in a busy citY
  • A Moment of Reflection
  • Very impressive, worth a visit
  • Beautiful Pagoda
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
186.98 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You are allowed to go behind the main part of the temple and view the pictures on the walls, some relics and some women doing some botanical work
    What to see
  • It's a good place to visit if you want a quiet spell in an otherwise busy city
    Experience
  • You should leave a small donation and you can be on your way.
    Experience
  • A monk preaches here every Sunday from 8am to 10am. On full- and new-moon days, special prayers are held from 7am to 9am and 7pm to 8pm.
    Events
  • You should wear the polite clothes in the reverent place.
    What to wear
  • Be careful where you point your camera, generally okay, you will be gently approached should you point it in the wrong direction.
    Other
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid them running around.
    Safety
  • The Xa Loi pagoda is not very far from the Ben Thanh market
    Things nearby
  • There is a steamboat stall next to temple, can have a meal before leaving the area
    Eat

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Very peaceful place. This is where the burning monk on Rage Against The Machine's debut album actually happened. Check opening times as you will only get to see Buddha through a window

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It is located in district 3. From Tao Dan park in district it is only a 5 min walk. it is by the side of a school. there is a wall surrounding this building. In the front at the entrance there is a stall selling food. there is no entrance fees. As you enter you will see a hall and a shrine seated in the hall. alot of people burning incense as an offering to Lord Buddha. towards the left of the building you will see this tall pagoda. if you are a buddhist then this is one of the places you need to visit. the people are all spiritually praying to the buddha.

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